During this time of dramatic wildfire activity, our attention is riveted on the serious problems of loss and potential disaster. But is there anything “going right” with respect to wildfire safety in our nation? According to the data collected by NFPA’s Firewise Communities program, the answer is a resounding “YES!”. Since formally recognizing communities 11 years ago, the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has documented the value of local wildfire mitigation activities to the tune of more than $100 million. What does this mean? According to Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program manager, communities are going above and beyond the call of duty. “These investments show us that wildfire risk is proactively being reduced,” she says. “The big idea is that if all communities were reducing the risk of home ignition, we might see less need to spend big dollars on wildfire suppression.”
Did you know the sum of all wildfire mitigation activities reported by communities as part of their requirements to be recognized as a Firewise community includes grant money, in-kind services, and volunteer hours?
For more detailed information about the value of volunteer hours and your Firewise activities, check out the Firewise website.