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Firewise is making a difference in Horizons at Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Blog Post created by Faith Berry Employee on Feb 29, 2016

The Horizons at Barnegat in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey 

According to information posted on the community’s website; “Horizons at Barnegat is an active adult community located in Barnegat, Ocean County, New Jersey. It is a small, intimate community comprised of 164 single-family residences built by Kara Homes. This community is the perfect site for active adults aged 55 or better who are looking for an affordable home with a relaxing lifestyle, but are not concerned with all the activities of a large community.”  This retirement community provides a great example of diversity in resilience.

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The location of Barnegat Township in New Jersey

The Horizons at Barnegat Firewise Committee held its Firewise Day on April 24, 2014. The Horizons is a retirement community located in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. The event was called “Fire and the Pinelands – Maintaining Our Local Diversity.” They had a great turnout at their open house and events. Dane Ward from Drexel University spoke about the uniqueness of Pine Barrens ecology and its fire dangers. Representatives from New Jersey Forest Fire Service, the local fire department, and township officials also presented information on protecting homes from wildfire. The fire department’s brush truck was on display. Firewise Day was a good opportunity for residents to meet fire protection professionals, build relationships, and ask questions. The community celebrated being presented with a State Farm Award in the Firewise Challenge.

The Horizons at Barnegat Bay Firewise Committee shared their approach with us, “the Horizons at Barnegat Firewise Committee focuses on the three “Cs” when planning its open houses and events: Communication, Collaboration and Camaraderie. Our objectives include educating the community on Firewise principles to help make residents safer, and strengthening our relationships with our local, state and national partners, while providing an enjoyable social experience for residents in the process.” 

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