Fire Corps National Advisory Committee Meets

Saturday, 05 January 2008

The Fire Corps National Advisory Committee (NAC) met on December 7 in Washington, DC. Representatives from over 20 national fire and emergency service organizations as well as other prominent leaders in the industry came together to provide expertise and guidance for Fire Corps’ future activities and discuss the direction of the program.

Special guest speakers included Gregory Cade, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and Brock Bierman, Director of FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate’s Community Preparedness Division and Small State and Rural Advocate. Cade thanked Fire Corps for its initiative to get community members involved in local fire and EMS departments and stressed USFA’s continued commitment to work with Fire Corps in order to reach the common goal of decreasing fire-related deaths and injuries across the nation. Bierman provided an update of Citizen Corps’ ongoing and future initiatives, emphasizing how important it is that emergency service leaders, like the Fire Corps NAC, are brought together to discuss preparedness and response issues so local communities may be better equipped for any emergency situation.

Melissa Speed, Fire Corps Director, updated the NAC of the progress Fire Corps has made since its last meeting. Melissa Hebert of the International Association of Fire Chiefs reported on the Fire Corps State Advocate Network. Currently Fire Corps has a Division Advocate for all seven divisions across the U.S. and 52 State Advocates covering 28 states. Lori Moon, Fire Corps Program Coordinator, spoke on new and future program resources; Steve Austin, NAC representative from the International Association of Arson Investigators and program manager for the Goshen Fire Company Traffic Control Assistant Program, discussed successful Fire Corps activities at the local level; and Nancy Kolb of Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), provided an overview of the VIPS program.

“This has been a great year for Fire Corps and we anticipate 2008 being even stronger for the program,” said Speed. “The meeting was very beneficial and allowed the national office, the NAC, and other esteemed professionals the opportunity to communicate and network about Fire Corps and complement the program both locally and nationally,” she added.

Click here to view a list of organizations that comprise the Fire Corps NAC. Fire Corps is administered through a partnership between the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is supported by several affiliate organizations including the United States Fire Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and Citizen Corps. For more information about Fire Corps, visit or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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