Fire Corps Attends Smoky Mountain Weekend in TN

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Fire Corps participated in the 13th Annual Smoky Mountain Weekend training conference and exhibition on March 5-6, in Sevierville, TN. Presented by the Sevier County Fire Chiefs’ Association (SCFCA) and the Sevier County Training Officers’ Association, this event brought together over 1,000 fire and emergency service personnel, Fire Corps volunteers, and other key individuals from TN and surrounding states to learn valuable classroom and hands-on training skills.

Fire Corps presented the newest course of the Fire Corps Academy, FC-301: Fire Corps in Disaster Response, during the event. FC-301 is designed to show how Fire Corps fits into a community’s and a department’s disaster response efforts. The session provides information and activities that can be used to train fire department personnel and/or Fire Corps volunteers who are overseeing or who will oversee or manage a Fire Corps program.

With the help of the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department’s Support Services Division, a registered Fire Corps program and the 2010 recipient of the Fire Corps Award of Excellence, Fire Corps also had an exhibit booth at Smoky Mountain Weekend. The vendor area hosted over 43 exhibits and 18 truck displays.

“We are grateful to the SCFCA, President Chief Greg Miller and Director of Education Roger Ogle, the TN Fire Corps State Advocate Chief David Caulfield (ret.), and the entire Seymour Support Services Division for making Smokey Mountain Weekend a great success for Fire Corps.” said Lori Moon, Fire Corps Program Manager. “Not only were we able to deliver valuable training through FC-301, but we were also able to share the Fire Corps message with hundreds of individuals who visited the vendor area.”

Smoky Mountain Weekend is hosted by the SCFCA and assisted by the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department’s Support Services Division and the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains. All three agencies are registered Fire Corps programs. Smoky Mountain Weekend is also supported by the Walters State Community College, Sevierville Campus, who made the facility available, as well as the College’s Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts, who provided the meals for the registered participants. 


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