Fire Corps Grassroots Roundtable Held in VA

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Fire Corps hosted the first of three regional roundtable events on June 13 in Glen Allen, VA. Representatives from local Virginia and Maryland Fire Corps programs, the Fire Corps State Advocate Network, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management met to identify best practices, challenges, effective retention and recruitment practices, and recommendations and feedback from the grassroots level.

Hosted by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, the roundtable produced fruitful discussion, feedback, and recommendations. Attendees discussed innovative Fire Corps activities, funding opportunities, and the building blocks for starting and maintaining a successful program.

“The roundtable forum was an opportunity for local Fire Corps programs to come together and discuss strengths and opportunities for non-emergency volunteer efforts in the fire and emergency services,” said Lori Moon, Fire Corps Program Coordinator. “The attendees brought great enthusiasm and provided us with insight about local needs and how the national office can better support their efforts. We appreciate their participation and value their input and guidance.”

Once the three roundtable events are completed, Fire Corps will produce a synopsis and a final report of the information gathered through the events. The report will include challenges, innovative practices, and recommendations to improve the Fire Corps program. The data gathered from these events will help identify future Fire Corps activities and resources and will be available to local Fire Corps programs to allow them to learn and benefit from the experience of others. The report will be posted on the Fire Corps web site and shared with Citizen Corps.

The next roundtable will be held on July 24 outside of Sacramento, California. The third meeting is scheduled for August 14 in Michigan.

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