Fire Corps teams across the country play an important role in helping Fire/EMS departments in non-emergency situations. A key function of many Fire Corps programs is fire prevention and safety education. Founded in 2010, Albemarle County Fire Corps volunteers assist their department in a variety of ways, including family support, fundraising, special event planning, graphic design, and assisting with Fire/EMS training activities. Volunteers also work to promote fire prevention and safety within the community.
Albemarle Fire Corps volunteers continued their work in the area of fire prevention and safety this year by organizing community events in honor of Fire Prevention Week. Volunteers worked with their department to organize and host three separate outreach events with assistance from local businesses. Fire Corps members set-up tables at their local Target store and Subway sandwich shop to distribute fire prevention and safety resources, including information on smoke detectors. At the Target event, volunteers also set-up a special area to teach children about “stop, drop, and roll” and “get low and go.”
In addition, Fire Corps members joined with the Albemarle County Fire Rescue Prevention Division and members of the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department to organize the annual “Pizza for Smoke Detectors” event, where an engine or marked command car tagged along on Dominos delivery runs to check smoke detectors at each stop. Most patrons welcomed the check since a working detector meant their next pizza was free!
Albemarle Fire Corps Director Kathryne Presson was eager to share fire prevention and smoke detector tips with the community. “Promoting fire prevention is an easy and affordable way to help keep residents safe,” she said “Educating children and elders about fire prevention is an area well-suited for Fire Corps members to supplement the efforts of local departments.”