Fire Corps is a partner program under Citizen Corps, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience. Citizen Corps partner programs share the common goal of helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies of all kinds.
Launched in 2004, Fire Corps is managed by the National Volunteer Fire Council. Fire Corps works to create valuable resources and foster programs that will bring community members into local fire and emergency service departments to assist them with non-emergency tasks.
The foundation of this national initiative to help local fire/EMS departments is the Fire Corps web site located at www.firecorps.org. This web site serves as a gateway to a compilation of information, various resources, and extended networking opportunities for both fire/EMS agencies and also citizens interested in volunteering in fire/EMS programs.
Fire Corps seeks to:
- learn about promising practices being used in existing non-operational volunteer programs;
- share this information with departments that want to expand or improve their programs;
- increase the use of non-emergency volunteers in existing programs;
- help citizens learn about and get involved in Fire Corps programs in their communities;
- help agencies without a program to get one started.