First State Advocate Summit a Success

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Fire Corps held its first State Advocate Summit on November 6 in Arlington, VA. The event gave over 30 Fire Corps State Advocates from across the country the chance to network and meet face to face for the first time to discuss how to further the Fire Corps program in their states.

Advocates were given an update on Fire Corps from the national perspective and benefited from dynamic presentations from fellow State Advocates on topics including collaborating with agencies and stakeholders such as Citizen Corps Councils, using the State Regional Advocates and incident command system methodology, marketing Fire Corps, and utilizing Fire Corps volunteers in rehab programs. In addition, Jenelle Gabriele from the Individual and Community Preparedness Division for FEMA joined the group to talk about Citizen Corps grants and funding for Fire Corps programs.

“This was a tremendous event,” said Fire Corps Director Sarah Lee. “The State Advocate Network is a valuable resource for Fire Corps programs nationwide. The Summit gave Advocates a chance to learn from each other and generate ideas to strengthen programs in their state.”

State Advocates serve as the point of contact to departments and Fire Corps programs within their assigned geographic areas. These representatives assist the Fire Corps national office in identifying state and division stakeholders, promoting the program, developing partnerships, assisting new and existing programs, and helping to increase the number of programs and volunteers. For more information on the Fire Corps State Advocate Network, visit www.firecorps.org/state-advocate-network.

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