Fire Corps is the key component of Citizen Corps that supports and supplements resource-constrained fire and EMS departments through the use of citizen advocates for non-operational activities. Fire Corps provides information to local fire and EMS departments nationwide on how to implement a citizen advocate program and promote it in their community.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps program has formed a partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer & Combinations Officer’s Section, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and the U.S. Fire Administration to implement Fire Corps.
- Promote fire safety and prevention in schools and homes
- Aid in preparing communities to respond to emergencies and disasters of all kinds including threats of terrorism, fire, public health issues, etc., especially during major events when response agencies may be overwhelmed
- Assist with incident reporting and entering statistical data
- Grant writing
- Assist with public relations
- Fundraising initiatives
- Assist with youth mentoring programs
- Provide administrative and clerical support
- Assist with canteen services at major incidents
- Assist with typing reports, answering telephone calls, managing records, and other office tasks
- Assist with mitigation measures: wildland vegetation removal near structures, identifying unknown hazards, etc.
- Assist fire department with community programs, such as roadside cleanup, food drives, and toy collections for families in need
- Assist with foreign language translation of safety literature
- Offer to serve in a department’s auxiliary
- During times of heightened national security alerts, assist in planning for quick access to stocks of emergency supplies, shelter readiness and procedures review
- Help to improve understanding of specialized fire/EMS services such as hazardous materials response, urban search and rescue (USAR), youth services, water rescue, billing services, etc.
- Develop informational newsletters to include holiday or seasonal fire safety and prevention messages
- Assist with development and maintenance of department libraries via labeling, cataloging, inventorying, text repairing, etc.