Hernando County Volunteer Fire Corps Welcomes New Officers

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on May 19, 2022

Fire Corps is one of five partner programs under Citizen Corps, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.

Citizen Corps partner programs share the common goal of helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies of all kinds.

Community members can make a difference for their local fire and EMS department. Fire Corps helps departments build more capacity by connecting them to community volunteers who can assist in a variety of non-emergency roles.

Hernando County Volunteer Fire Corps Welcomes New Officers

On Monday, May 16, new officers of the Hernando County Volunteer Fire Corps were sworn in. Deputy Cheif Jim Billote of Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services swore in the new officers.

They can be seen in the photo above, from right to left, Vince Montefusco- Training, John Lightsey-Commander, Sal Salvatore Rotella Jr.-Public Information, Betty Saffri Roberts-Treasurer, Dawn White-Fiscal- Secretary, Bill Sadler-Deputy Commander Administrative, and Ron Doyle-Deputy Commander Operations, who is seen in the back row.

Past Officers Awards were given to Mary Anne Lazzell for her service as Deputy Commander for Administration, Carolyn Riley for Secretary, and Richard Ehrhart for Logistics Officer.

Hernando County Fire Corps is need of members to do all aspects of volunteer work. This all-volunteer group assists the Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services in any way possible at fires and events.

They provide food and drinks to firefighters at a fire. They also monitor firefighters’ vital signs, and anything requested to by the Fire department.

The Hernando Couty Volunteer Fire Corps are trained in first aid and CPR, manning the first aid station at various events. Fire Corps also does community outreach and fire safety education.

Join the Hernando County Fire Corps

Fire Corps is always looking for volunteers and provides all training.  No experience is needed.

Those wishing to volunteer for rehab and first aid work at county events should call Salvatore Rotella, Jr. at (352) 232-1983.

A volunteer application needs to be submitted to allow a background check. Previous felony convictions disqualify participation. Hernando County Fire Corps meetings take place the 3rd Monday of each month, 6:30 PM, at Fire Headquarters, 60 Veterans Ave in Brooksville. All are invited and welcome to bring a friend.

Image courtesy of Dennis Riley, past Commander of Hernando County Fire Corps.

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