State Advocate Network Newsletter: May 2011



May 9, 2011

In this issue:


Register for State Advocate Training, May 17

In order to better prepare you for your role as a State Advocate, Fire Corps will be hosting a live State Advocate training webinar on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm EDT. All Advocates must participate in at least one training session this year to ensure everyone is well-equipped to represent the program. If you have already attended a previous Advocate training, please participate again as new tools and resources are now available and different subject matter will be covered that has not been discussed in past sessions.

Invitations to the webinar have been sent via email. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Lori Moon at  

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Feature Your State Fire Corps Efforts in the E-update

Each month in the Fire Corps E-update, the national office strives to bring you a detailed look at what different programs are doing across the country. The purpose of these profiles is to provide programs, both new and established, with ideas to expand their current projects or add new ones.

In an effort to give readers a more comprehensive view of how Fire Corps can be utilized, the national office would like to explore how Fire Corps is operating on the state level and its relationship to other emergency response organizations. State Advocates have been instrumental in growing and integrating Fire Corps within each state, and the national office would like to highlight your efforts with a feature article in the E-update.

If you are interested in participating, contact Allison Moore at or 202-887-5700 ext. 28. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show how Fire Corps can go beyond the local department!

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State Advocate Login Temporarily Unavailable

We are making a few adjustments to the State Advocate resource page and login on the Fire Corps web site. Until these adjustments are made, you can access the State Advocate resources at the following link: Please note that you do not have to login at this time to access this page, but your do need to copy/paste this link directly into your browser. You will be notified when the login page is live.

Thanks for your patience while we make these technical updates.

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May Activity Report Challenge!

Documenting the work you do as an Advocate is critical to the success of the Fire Corps Advocate Network. We want to thank you for continuing to submit your activity reports, which highlight the invaluable contributions you make to the program.

It’s a new month, which means we have a new challenge! The Advocate that reports the most hours spent on Fire Corps activities in May will receive a gift package from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter program, filled with items to keep you heart strong including a cookbook, t-shirt, duffel bag, water bottle, gym towel, pedometer, and more. Remember to report your hours through the online Activity Report form.

Also, we would like to congratulate our TN State Advocate Chief Dave Caulfield (ret.) for winning the April Activity Report Challenge. Dave submitted the most activity reports last month. Hats off to all Advocates! Combined, the Network reported nearly 390 hours during April alone. Keep up the great work!

Email Lori Moon at if you have any questions about the Activity Reports or May contest.

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Reminder – Order your Fire Corps State Advocate Business Cards

Fire Corps is pleased to offer complimentary business cards for individual Advocates provided with personal contact information. To order, email with your State Advocate contact information that you want included on your card. View the Business Card Template.

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Meet Candice McDonald: Ohio State Advocate

Candice McDonald considers herself a public servant and has committed her life to empowering individuals and organizations to accomplish their personal and professional goals. She has traveled the country for the past 15 years facilitating trainings and assisting organizations with program development and fundraising.

Candice co-authored a book on peer program development in 1999, has served as the keynote speaker for state groups such as the Kansas Keys for Networking, and trained staff at large organizations including Ohio State University. She holds a degree in Human Services from Kent State University and a degree in Business from Malone College.

Candice is employed by the State of Ohio in marketing. She and her husband, a firefighter/paramedic who is transitioning into an RN, have three children and two high maintenance dogs.

Candice is also a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department. While searching for resources for her own department, she came across the Fire Corps program. Serving as State Advocate for Ohio has allowed her to combine her knowledge of the fire service with her marketing skills to help others build capacity.

Since becoming a State Advocate, Candice has helped bridge the gap in Ohio between the State Citizen Corps Council and Fire Corps. Ohio is currently in the process of planning a statewide Fire Corps conference where volunteer departments can learn the benefits of having a Fire Corps program and also receive free fire Continuing Education provided by the State Fire Academy.

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Advocate Network Conference Calls

All Fire Corps State Advocates are invited to participate in a monthly conference call to connect with other State Advocates and the Fire Corps national office as well as discuss issues of interest. The agenda and call-in details will be sent separately in advance of each call.

The next conference calls are as follows:

  • May 26 at 2:00 pm EDT
  • June 30 at 2:00 pm EDT
  • July 28 at 2:00 pm EDT

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Calendar of Events

A list of events that Fire Corps staff or Fire Corps State Advocates will be attending, as well as nationally recognized dates which Fire Corps would like to acknowledge, is available at

If there are any events, conferences, tradeshows, or state/regional meetings where you will be promoting the program, please email the name of the event, city and state where it is being held, and date(s) you will be attending to the Fire Corps office at so we can add to the calendar and inform the public that a representative will be available.

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