Fire Prevention Week is Approaching – Enhance Your Efforts with Fire Corps

By the National Volunteer Fire Council

Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, and fire departments around the country will be conducting activities to spread important fire prevention and safety messages in their community. Fire Corps can assist with these efforts and help departments keep fire prevention programs going all year long.

Through Fire Corps, which is administered nationally by the National Volunteer Fire Council, local fire departments bring in community members to help with non-emergency tasks, such as fire prevention and safety education. There are currently over 1,500 Fire Corps programs in 49 states. Starting a new Fire Corps program is easy – simply go to www.firecorps.org and register for free. This will give you access to a myriad of resources to help you start, implement, expand, and recruit for your local program.

The theme of the 2014 Fire Prevention Week is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.” Activities Fire Corps can specifically assist with regarding fire prevention education and smoke alarm safety include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate an open house at the department
  • Conduct fire prevention education programming in schools, at senior centers, and among other high risk populations
  • Staff an information booth at local events or fairs
  • Perform home safety checks and smoke alarm installations in the community
  • Maintain department web sites and social media to disseminate information

To assist local Fire Corps teams with these efforts, the national Fire Corps program offers many resources, including:

  • Fire Corps Academy courses such as FC-303: Fire Corps in Public Education and FC-304: Conducting Home Safety Checks
  • Fire Corps Guide to Fire and Life Safety Education
  • Home Safety Checklist
  • First Alert Smoke Alarm Donation Program, in which registered Fire Corps programs can request free First Alert smoke alarms to install in their community
  • Customizable outreach materials promoting a smoke alarm check/installation program
  • Fire prevention tips sheets

Find all of these resources and more on the Fire Corps web site at www.firecorps.org. Learn more about Fire Prevention Week at www.fpw.org.