Recently, I represented NFPA in developing a brand new award that recognizes outstanding efforts in proactive wildfire safety throughout the U.S. The 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are a collaborative effort among NFPA, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the USDA Forest Service. I got together with my fellow committee members in December to help choose the winners, who will be presented their awards in March at the IAFC WUI Conference in Reno, Nevada.
The 21 individuals and organizations winning the award are being honored for their efforts in superlative fire protection in their communities. The award consists of three categories, including Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership, Wildfire Mitigation Innovation and Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer. These awards are designed to recognize those who show outstanding service in wildfire preparedness and safety and stands as the highest national honor in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. Read the release for the full list of winners, and check out this local news coverage for a group that was honored in South Dakota!