Ten years ago, the NFPA's Firewise Communities/USA® program was just getting started. Nine communities joined as pilot sites and are still committed to the effort today!
The Wedgefield community in Orlando, Florida is one of these pilot sites being honored at the 2011 Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference with a special award from Michele Steinberg.
Wedgefield experienced days of fear and several evacuations during the wildfires of 1998 and decided becoming prepared for the next inevitable wildfire was the best course of action. Residents have found creative and fun ways to spread the word, get the work done and build partnerships.