Thomas Welle

Firewise community leaders in Sun City, TX recognized for their efforts

Blog Post created by Thomas Welle on Apr 13, 2015

Sun City, TX residents take their Firewise program seriously and on Feb. 20, 2015, two of their champions were officially recognized at the Georgetown City Council meeting.

Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan presented certificates of recognition to Paul Ohlenbusch and Dan Dodson for their years of dedication to NFPA’s Firewise program.  Paul and Dan then gave a short presentation on Firewise to the Mayor and City Council. Presentation

(l to r Chief John Sullivan, Paul Ohlenbusch, Dan Dodson) 

NFPA’s Firewise program is all about neighbors working with neighbors to reduce their risk from wildland fires.  It provides science based principles, training and education that helps residents organize, collaborate, and act to protect their homes, their lives and to reduce hazards for firefighters.

This year, the NFPA launched its campaign of “The Year of Living Less Dangerously From Wildfire", #YLLDW, and its three phases, “Plan, Act, Embrace”.  Paul, Dan and the residents of Sun City certainly represent what this campaign is all about.     

Sun City has 6,096 homes and 12,430 residents.  The Firewise Group within the community conducts many public presentations, has a core group of 50-60 Home Ignition Zone evaluators and also provides orientation classes to new residents.  In 2015, they will be presenting at the NFPA’s “Backyards and Beyond” conference Oct. 20 – 21 in Mrytle Beach, SC.  Sun City has had some very active Firewise Days and regularly conducts activities during the NFPA’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

So if you want a year, (or more) of living less dangerously from wildfire, take some tips from Sun City, and see how you can “Plan, Act, and Embrace” wildfire risk reduction.

And, speaking of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, it is May 2 this year.  What’s YOUR plan?

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