The first Nor Cal Fire Prevention Expo was held May 14 and 15 at the Jennifer Skuce Pavilion in McArthur, California. The event was sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Fire Safe Council and the US Department of the Interior. Residents that came to the expo learned about NFPA’s Firewise Communities program, fire resistant plants and construction materials that can help homeowners build safer homes from wildland fires. It also provided an opportunity to have one on one discussions with residents about the program, what home improvement projects they were working on or already had completed and in turn residents were able to ask questions of the wildland fire experts.
Children were able to meet Smokey Bear, go through the Cal Fire trailer to learn about E.D.I.T.H (exit drills in the home), the importance of crawling low in smoke, early warning systems and check out the fire apparatus on display and visit with the fire fighters.
For anyone who wasn’t able to attend the expo and would like to learn about Firewise and order free brochures, books, and DVDs, visit the Firewise Catalog.