Opportunity for Citizen Support For America's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Through The Citizen Corps Initiative

Washington, D.C.-The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) announce to the nation's fire and emergency medical services leadership and members, meaningful ways to seek and accept citizen support through the Citizen Corps initiative.

"It is imperative that we as America's firefighters and front line responders, undertake an effort to embrace this important Citizen Corps initiative. Citizen Corps has already begun to get Americans engaged in active support to their first responders," R. David Paulison, USFA Administrator said. "Further, the fire service support of Citizen Corps will also help American citizens become more active in preparing their families, their neighborhoods, and their communities for emergencies."

There currently are several major national initiatives underway. Information regarding these initiatives can be found at http://www.citizencorps.gov. Further specific information for first responders can be found at www.usfa.fema.gov.

"Citizen Corps provides a valuable opportunity for citizens to assist their fire departments with help in preparing their neighborhoods for all community-wide emergencies and disasters," said Paulison. "I am asking and welcome all leaders and members of America's first responder agencies to become involved in the Citizen Corps initiative."

Additional information can be found at:
www.citizencorps.gov
www.usafreedomcorps.gov
www.usfa.fema.gov

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