The Hernando County Fire Corps has 29 civilian volunteers ready to respond and support local firefighters, police officers, and emergency personnel. The team provides a variety of services and is on a mission to double its membership in the near future.

The program has been active for 18 months and volunteers have plenty to keep them busy. Aside from performing clerical duties and participating in fire safety education, Fire Corps team members provide rehabilitative services to members of the fire service, police department, and other emergency personnel.

Fire Corps members each pay a fee to subscribe to a caller deployment system. When an emergency occurs, the dispatcher sends a call out to volunteers that is received on their cell phones. A team of volunteers arrive on the scene with a rehab truck and trailer containing items such as water, ice, a generator, fans, and medical equipment. Fire Corps volunteers monitor firefighters during the response to ensure their blood pressure and blood oxygen remain at safe levels. Team members provide similar services to the police or other emergency responders when requested.

Hernando County Fire Corps volunteers are well-prepared to fulfill their role. Each member must complete at 40-hour training course that covers topics including CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator), patient assessment and carrying techniques, splinting, blood pressure, pulse readings, scene management, and other first aid practices.

To learn more about the Hernando County Fire Corps, contact Public Relations Officer Stephen Katz at 352-546-4353 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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