The Williamson County Fire Corps program operates under the Cedar Park Fire Department, a career department serving over 68,000 people. The department has a very active Citizen Corps program that includes several divisions including a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), and a Fire Corps team.

One hundred citizen volunteers participate in a variety of training including search and rescue, dog search and rescue, helicopter landing zone training, Ham radio licensing classes, CPR, first aid, repelling, fire drills, firefighter training, and horse handling. Overall, the program has trained over 250 members and five have gone on to become active firefighters. The Cedar Park Fire Department has been recognized for its impressive citizen-based programs and was awarded the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Citizen Corps Program Award of Excellence and the Texas Fire Chief’s Association Lone Star Award of Excellence.

One hallmark of the Fire Corps group is their Teen Advocates for Community Safety (TACS) program. TACS is a career education program supported by the department for young men and women ages 14 to 19 years old. The program focuses on increasing the involvement of teens in their communities, advocating and educating for social change, encouraging resource collaboration, building awareness regarding fire safety and prevention, and becoming skilled in emergency preparedness.

TACS trains teenagers to serve as instructors related to fire safety education for children and seniors, present other safety programs, and participate in legislative efforts to initiate reforms to improve safety in the community. The teens are highly trained and have even responded to three disasters in the Central Texas region.

To learn more about the Williamson County Fire Corps program and Cedar Park’s citizen advocate efforts, contact Yvonne Lane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

          
 

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