Fire Corps teams across the U.S. play an important role in helping fire/EMS departments with non-emergency tasks. Founded in 2010, Albemarle County Fire Corps volunteers assist their department and community in a variety of ways, including family support, fundraising, special event planning, photography, graphic design, fire prevention, and assisting with fire and EMS training activities.

One important area of focus for Albemarle’s Fire Corps program is fire prevention. This year, Fire Corps volunteers joined with Albemarle County Fire Rescue’s Prevention Division to educate families on fire safety and prevention at the Southwood Back-to-School event. Fire Corps members handed out pamphlets about home safety and smoke detectors in English and Spanish. Many children enjoyed the giveaways the program provided such as pencils, rulers, Frisbees, and fire hats. Students also had the opportunity to meet with members of Albemarle County Fire Rescue while being wowed by the fire trucks.

Another important community service provided by the Fire Corps team is assisting residents impacted by residential fires. Albemarle Fire Corps arrives on scene to assist the residents in the fire recovery process which can include connecting the resident with the Red Cross, assistance in contacting the insurance company, coordinating community donations, securing temporary replacement furniture, and simply providing support after a life changing event such as a house fire. The community and residents are embracing this new service and find it invaluable; Albemarle County Fire Corps is thrilled to give back to the community that supports its Fire Rescue Department in this manner. 

The Albemarle County Fire Corps team works hard to bring citizens into the firehouse. They created the Citizens Fire Rescue Academy to allow county residents the opportunity to gain a realistic view into the operations of the department. Participants in the Academy learn how the department operates, tour the station, see the equipment, and talk with firefighters and paramedics about the many aspects of their service. Classes include an overview of procedures, firefighting, emergency medical services, the combination department structure, education programs, special operations, training, and many other topics.

For more information about the Albemarle County Fire Corps program, contact Kathryne Presson at (434) 296-5833 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or check them out on Facebook.

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