Mesa Fire Corps Volunteers Reaching Out to Provide Bilingual Assistance
Mesa, AZ

September is National Preparedness Month, and all across the nation departments and citizen advocates have been working to educate communities to better prepare them for possible emergencies. National Preparedness Month covers a wide variety of topics, including a focus on multicultural preparedness. Many regions of America have diverse populations, and it is important that all citizens receive and understand the lessons of national preparedness. The Mesa Fire Department in Mesa, AZunderstands the challenges of reaching a diverse population. This career department utilizes five of their 150 Fire Corps volunteers as a Bilingual Assistance Team. All members of this team are fluent in Spanish and provide support to Mesa Fire Department employees and Mesa citizens with oral and written translations, bilingual presentations, community events and general office assistance.

Moises Ponce, an outstanding citizen advocate, a Presidential Award recipient, and Bilingual Assistance Team member, is an important asset to the mission of the Mesa Fire Corps program. He has been an active participant in Fire Corps for two and a half years and has volunteered approximately 325 hours with the Bilingual Assistance Team. Moises has made noteworthy contributions to the Mesa Fire Corps program. He has translated educational literature; has taught numerous preschool classes in English and Spanish; has attended many community outreach events that target the Hispanic population; has translated code information during fire prevention inspections; and has provided bilingual media support during a water safety event. Through the dedication of volunteers like Moises and the other members of the Bilingual Assistance Team, regions of the country with diverse populations can be well prepared to respond to emergencies with greater efficiency and more potentially life-saving action.

For more information on the Mesa Fire Corps program, contact Deena Bolland at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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