About the Pelham Citizen Corps Council
Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, state
and local government officials increased opportunities for citizens to
become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting the
local first responders. In January 2002, President George W. Bush
launched USA Freedom Corps, to capture the spirit of service that has
emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks.
Citizen Corps, a vital component of USA Freedom Corps, was created to
help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities
safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency
situation. You can learn more about this federal program from their
site by clicking
or on the Citizen Corps logo appearing to the right of this paragraph.
The Pelham Citizen Corps Council was formed on the initiative of the
Pelham Fire Department and that department remains the primary point of
contact for this council.
From the very start, the Pelham Fire Department worked with those newly
formed federal agencies. In June of 2003 it graduated the first CERT
class in New Hampshire. In early 2004, the PFD took the lead role in
the formation of the Pelham Citizen Corps Council. You can visit the
Pelham Fire Department website by clicking
or on their Logo appearing to the left of this paragraph.
The Pelham Citizen Corps Council met for the first time in June of
2004. Its purposes are:
to provide oversight and guidance on the DHS federal funding of
CERT and other citizen preparedness programs in the Pelham area;
to provide coordination among these programs and other related
programs in the Pelham area.