As of January 1, the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) assumed responsibility of state liaison for the Firewise Communities program. As part of its role, California Fire Safe Council will continue to promote the Firewise program to communities, local Fire Safe Councils and local government, and encourage leaders to pursue Firewise Communities/USA recognized status. CFSC will also approve applications through coordination with state, federal and local fire officials.
Late last year, Dave Nuss, manager of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division (WFOD), presented an overview of the Firewise Communities program to the Southern California group of Fire Safe Councils in Ontario, CA. Following Dave’s discussion, the local Fire Safe Council in Carbon Canyon, also a recognized Firewise community, discussed the benefits of the program and the process for becoming a recognized community.
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with community members and discuss our Firewise program,” said Dave. “NFPA looks forward to working with California Fire Safe Councils to further promote wildland safety in the state.”