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AmeriCorps Team Sweeps through Crown King

- Crown King, Arizona will be hosting a team of 20 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) workers for the upcoming five months. The team will undergo fire management training to assist the Crown King Fire District (CKFD) with fire mitigation and emergency response. Teams will begin work starting April 2 and work through August 13.

AmeriCorps NCCC teams' work has proved successful and important in the past, helping to save lives and property during recent fire events. Chief Lombardo of the CKFD remarked, "We are excited to be working with the AmeriCorps FMT teams over the coming months. Their aid to the fire district and the citizens of Crown King is greatly appreciated." The work to prevent the further spread of the Lane 2 and Gladiator fires in 2008 and 2012, respectively, were contributed, in part, to the AmeriCorps NCCC teams that have worked with the town in the past. The Crown King Fire District will be better able to serve these principles as AmeriCorps members arrive on-site beginning in April.

Along with wild land fire mitigation, AmeriCorps NCCC teams will also play a vital role in disseminating public information. Teams will be involved in town hall meetings, assist with the "Hazardous Fuels Clean-Up Day," participate in the Memorial Day Parade, and communicate with local residents about fuels reduction. Members will also receive extensive safety training on everything ranging from power saw training to emergency response.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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