What is Fire Corps?
Fire Corps is the key component of Citizen Corps that supports and supplements resource constrained fire and EMS departments through the use of citizen advocates for non-operational activities. Fire Corps is an integral part of the Citizen Corps, the Department of Homeland Security’s grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared.
Who are the Ingleside Fire Corps?
The Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department, located near the Corpus Christi Bay in Texas, has had a long-standing history of volunteerism. The department was founded in the early 1940’s when local residents joined together to gather equipment and supplies needed to protect its population. Dedicated individuals worked to evolve the service into a full-time operation based entirely on volunteers. The department’s enthusiasm to help friends and neighbors is still strong today, not only from Ingleside’s first responders, but from the members of the Ingleside Fire Corps (IFC). The IFC is comprised of community members and spouses of Ingleside’s first responders. The Ingleside Fire Corps registered with the National Citizen Corps Program as a recognized organization in September 2006 to help with the department’s non-emergency activities.
What do they do?
The IFC contributes to special events, such as the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Bob Richardson Fire & Safety Expo. Fundraising events are an essential service the IFC provides the department. These events provide a way for the department to connect with the community while relaying essential safety messages in a fun environment. In addition to fundraisers and special events, IFC members strive to reach the public with important emergency preparedness messages, fire prevention education and assisting with community activities.
Where do they volunteer?
The IFC members volunteer for the City of Ingleside’s Fire Department, but most members volunteer for other organizations too, such as Coastal Bend CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) or the American Red Cross.
How do they volunteer?
By providing volunteer time for administrative/clerical support, fundraising, promote fire and life safety education, develop informational newsletters to include holiday or seasonal fire safety & prevention messages, manage website presence and various social media areas, providing canteen service at long incidents, public relations, assist with grant writing, inventory, pre-plan research, apparatus and facility maintenance, and more.
Why do they volunteer?
Fulfills a void in assisting in non-operational duties. To be a part of something much bigger than ourselves; to be support for our community. It warms our hearts to see a smile, get a hug or a letter from someone we helped. To give back to the community we love. To be part of an organization that gives of themselves unconditionally without receiving anything in return, knowing they helped saved a life or someone in need.
Positions Available (w/job description):
A member may choose one or all three depending on what they would like to do as a volunteer.
- Responder – Respond with the fire department to the scene of an emergency and provide support services; hydration, food/snacks, take blood pressures and coordinate with EMS & scene safety officer. Provide materials to home/property owners such as information on contacting the Red Cross, toiletry kits and maybe a stuffed animal for the kids. Drive emergency response vehicle (Unit 621), setup shaded area with chairs, tarps, change out breathing air bottles (SCBA’s) and other non-fire suppression activities as assigned. If the incident requires the use of the rehab trailer members must have the okay from the Chief Engineer to drive 621 with the trailer. Become familiar with all the FD apparatus and where items are located on each unit.
- Admin/Clerical Support – Assist with filing, maintaining documents for incident reports and attendance records, scan/archive older documents then destroy paper copies on the proper date. Enter data into various fire department programs and other activities as assigned.
- Event Support – Assist with coordination of events throughout the year for fundraising and other activities. Create flyers and signage for each event.
Member Requirements (All training provided):
Response Required Training
Basic Level – ICS (700 & 100), Fire Corps Rehab, Communications, Courage to be Safe & Haz – Mat Awareness
Intermediate Level – Basic training + training on equipment on 621 (how to deploy, maintain, put away) + 621 Truck Check/Inventory + SCBA Training
Advanced Level – Intermediate requirements + ICS (200, 300, 800) + Apparatus (trucks) Familiarization + Air System
Response Physical Requirements (Responders ONLY)
Able to lift up to 30 lbs., walk/stand for long periods, see, hear and understand requests. Must have the ability to be out in the elements (cold, heat, rain, etc.) for extended periods of time.
Other Positions Required Training (position specific options)
ICS 700 & 100, Communications, Special Event Planning (IS-15), knowledge of copiers, scanner, computer software or the ability to easily learn. Ability to type and understand the department’s filing system.
All members (responder, admin/clerical & event support) need to provide a minimum of 8 (eight) hours of volunteer service per month to stay in good standing with the Ingleside Fire Corps.
The Ingleside Fire Corps holds its business meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. The meetings are held at the Ingleside Fire Department (2425 Eighth Street) and start at 7:00 pm.
For more information:
Location: 2425 8th Street, Ingleside, TX 78362