So, what can be done about the vicious cycle of requests for funding being denied and firefighters going without much needed resources and safety equipment? Two words: Issue Advocacy.
ARLINGTON, Va. (PRWEB) May 28, 2020
Firefighters & EMS Fund, a political organization focused on providing a grassroots voice for firefighters across the country in the state and local political process, released an Op-Ed on the importance of issue advocacy for first responders like firefighters & EMS personnel.
“Grassroots-funded nonprofit political organizations like Firefighters and EMS Fund support local fire departments through issue advocacy. While departments may only have the ability to focus their resources in the few weeks before the ballots are cast, our organization has the capacity to do far more. We keep motivated citizens informed on the issues affecting emergency medical responders and help to activate them when it is time to cast votes,” the organization stated in their article.
Firefighters & EMS Fund is geared up for election year, but recognizes that many citizens, including first responders themselves, don’t always understand the importance of having a grassroots organization to help facilitate change. “The point of issue advocacy is to increase voter awareness on critical issues and improve election turnout. It helps to reduce the hurdles agencies have to overcome when helping their communities understand the problems they face. Critically, issue advocacy also activates voters and supporters in the months leading up to a vote to ensure maximum participation and increased likelihood of vital measures being passed.”
For more information about what Fire & EMS Fund is doing in local elections throughout the nation, visit their website at fireandemsfund.com. For the full Op-Ed article, visit https://www.fireandemsfund.com/the-value-of-a-grassroots-movement/