We continue to promote the contents of the, “Guide to Fire Adapted Communities,” and the additional resources and expertise of the various Fire Adapted Community Coalition members. The guide’s “collaboration and outreach” section speaks to the importance of this in a Fire Adapted Community, creating a strong local team, and available tools for success.
The outreach role of fire departments in a Fire Adapted Community is key. The International Association of Fire Chiefs' Ready, Set, Go! Program Manager Caitlin McGuire shared with me that, “A fire service members’ voice is uniquely trusted, respected, and admired by the general public. The FAC fire preparedness message can save lives, and resonates to the community t hrough the voices of our fire service members.” Caitlin went onto explain that, “Implementing FAC outreach into your department’s educational plan is the simplest way to provide important information to the varied audiences within your community. Not only does this outreach enable you to engage with the residents you serve, but it can provide great relationship-building opportunities with other agencies, local officials, local businesses, and neighborhood associations.”
The guide’s outreach section provides both information and context on available tools for local success. These include the IAFC’s Ready, Set, Go! Program for fire department outreach; the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Wildland Fire Assessment Program for the fire service; and NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program for residents and community groups. The section also provides a great collaboration and outreach case study of the Towns County, GA, Fire Adapted Communities effort. Wildfire safety outreach materials for the fire service can also be obtained from the US Fire Administration.