AmeriCorps Cape Cod and the Cape Cod National Seashore have partnered in a collaborative fire management program to help meet the fire management goals of the seashore and implement the Barnstable County Wildfire Preparedness Plan.
AmeriCorps Cape Cod placed six members, known as the “FireCorps” with the fire management program at the Cape Cod National Seashore in September 2012. FireCorps members completed basic wildland fire, chainsaw operation and maintenance, and leadership training during October. From November 2012 thru July 2013, under supervision provided by seashore staff, the FireCorps are providing service hours on fire management projects throughout the park, including prescribed burning, pile burning, and forest thinning and brushing of fire roads. When not engaged in service with the seashore, FireCorps members serve throughout Barnstable County on projects including fuel reduction, habitat restoration, and completing FireWise house assessment.
It is a great partnership where AmeriCorps members are extensively trained in fire management practices, strategies, and tactics. They are provided with real hands-on experience over the course of their 11 months of service, and in turn are providing a valuable service to both the seashore and the Barnstable County community.
—Amy Henderson, AmeriCorps Cape Cod program specialist