Fire Corps Hosts Successful Training Summit

Fire Corps hosted a Fire Corps Training Summit in Denver, CO, last month. This was the second annual regional conference the program has held. Over 60 Fire Corps volunteers, program managers, State and Regional Advocates, Citizen Corps representatives, and other key stakeholders of the program attended to participate in training and networking to discover ways to enhance programs in their area.

A reception was held at the Denver Firefighters Museum on June 28 to kick-off the event. The day-long Summit took place on June 29 and was filled with information sharing and trainings.

Fire Corps Director Sarah Lee began the day with an update from the national Fire Corps. Program Manager Lori Moon provided a recap of available and upcoming resources. Other guest speakers included Chief Robert Kmak from the Denver Fire Department and Rocky Mountain Fire Academy and Fran Santagata, Community Preparedness Program Manager for the State of Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Office of Preparedness. Training sessions covered a variety of topics – from program management to specific Fire Corps activities and special-needs populations.

“The Summit provided a great opportunity for attendees to have in-person discussions and get valuable information to take back to their programs,” said Fire Corps Director Sarah Lee. “We appreciate the assistance from our friends at the Denver Fire Department, the Denver Firefighters Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy for allowing us to use their facilities. Thanks to all the speakers and Advocates who shared their knowledge to help local programs expand their services. We also appreciate the support of FEMA and Citizen Corps in helping to make this conference a reality.”

Additional follow-up information about the Summit, including the conference brochure and presentation slides, can be found at