Northwest Fire and Rescue District’s (NWFD) Citizen Corps Council, which falls under the Pima County Citizen Corp Council, consists of a Fire Corps program and a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Many of the CERT volunteers have also become Fire Corps volunteers. NWFD Fire Corps is very active in the Pima County area and administers many projects.

Fire Corps volunteers distributed several thousand smoke alarms throughout the community and have met with hundreds of senior citizens to distribute kits for fall prevention, as well as other items promoting safety. The Fire Corps volunteers have also been instrumental in distributing thousands of “Child Watcher Tags” to families for use at pool sites to help prevent drowning incidents. These lanyards contain a whistle and instructions for what to do in the event an emergency occurs.

NWFD Fire Corps recently received a grant to purchase and distribute the national File of Life medical information cards. The File of Life medical information cards are placed in plastic magnets to be stored on the refrigerator. The information contained in these cards help first responders to begin immediate, informed care during an emergency. This program also includes a wallet-sized medical information card that an individual can carry at all times.

Another program driven by the NWFD Fire Corps is the Community Assistance Program (CAP). The CAP team is dispatched after critical incidents and team members are trained in crisis response so they can help community members in the wake of a difficult and traumatic incident. This allows the fire/EMS units to get back into service more quickly and focus on the next call, while being confident that the community members’ needs are being addressed.

NWFD’s Fire Corps has also begun the “Pay it Forward” program, where community members can donate gift cards for the CAP team to distribute to those affected by an accident, fire, medical emergency, or related incident. The gift cards are available in $25 increments and can be used at grocery stores, gas stations, and other stores to purchase necessity items.

For more information about the NWFD Fire Corps, contact Cynthia Thomae at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (520) 730-1771.

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