USFA Request to Mobilize Fire Service Members (Now Includes Volunteers)

Our Nation is faced with the most catastrophic natural disaster in modern times, and we are calling upon the Nation’s fire service, both career and volunteer, to aid the affected citizens and communities. This is the United States Fire Administration’s request to mobilize members of the fire service within Federal guidelines.

The current need is for 1,000 two-person teams to serve as FEMA’s community relations representatives in response to Hurricane Katrina. Each department may offer more than one two-person team. These people will be deployed as a team, and we prefer that they know one another prior to deployment.

The work is non-operational community relations focused activities that consist of direct outreach to persons in the affected areas. They will assist victims in understanding how they will go about the process of getting Federal assistance, distributing information, providing minimal first-aid, and taking reports. The work will be outside, exposed to the elements and will require significant walking.

FEMA will notify the Chief of Department, and selected applicants will be notified by their Chief of Department that they have been selected. NO ONE SHOULD DEPLOY WITHOUT NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE FROM FEMA. Selected applicants will report to a central location in the Atlanta, Georgia area for training and further deployment. Travel to the Atlanta, Georgia area will be per government authorization in a manner specified upon acceptance. Acceptance information will also cover lodging and other related expense reimbursement information.

Please Note:

  • The work USFA is recruiting fire service members for is community relations-focused, consisting of direct humanitarian outreach to persons in multi-state areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. It is non-operational in nature. Members will assist victims in applying for Federal disaster assistance, distribute information, provide minimal first aid (if required), and take reports. The work may be outside (exposed to the elements and require significant walking) or inside an evacuation shelter/center or disaster field office.
  • Only FEMA/USFA Community Relations team members authorized for deployment are allowed access to the Community Relations Reception Center at 1900 Sullivan Way in College Park, GA. Please do not bring other personnel when reporting as they will not be allowed inside or to accompany members on their assignments. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.

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