Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office seeks fire safety education volunteers

Press Release Date:
Monday, February 6, 2017
Two Vancouver Fire Corps volunteers discuss home fire safety with a local resident

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office is currently recruiting volunteers interested in educating residents about home fire safety as part of its citizen volunteer Fire Corps program.

Fire Corps is a national volunteer program that allows citizens to support their local fire departments through a donation of their time and talents. Volunteers help support the Vancouver Fire Department’s community outreach and public education efforts around fire and life safety.

In September 2016, the Fire Marshal’s Office received a $142,753 federal grant for its Project HomeSafe public education campaign, and is specifically seeking Fire Corps volunteers interested in supporting that campaign. Volunteers would work directly with Fire Marshal Office staff visiting city residents’ homes and sharing information with them about how to prevent the three most common causes of home fires in Vancouver: cooking, smoking and candles.

“We rely on our Fire Corps volunteers to help us connect with and educate our citizens about fire and life safety,” said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. “Anyone who is interested in helping to make our city safer is encouraged to apply.”

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be at least 16 years old, pass a background check, complete Fire Corps training and be willing to commit to participating in five volunteer events and attend a minimum of seven monthly meetings per year. Applications will be accepted through the end of March.

To learn more about Vancouver’s Fire Corps program and to apply, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/firecorps.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Heidi Scarpelli, Vancouver Fire Marshal
360-487-7202