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Southern Fire ExchangeA free one hour webinar is being offered by the Southern Fire Exchange on Thursday, April 14th from 1-2 pm Eastern Standard Time.  The seminar will describe research about historical fire regimes since 1750 in southern Mississippi’s long-leaf pine forests.  The presenter Dr. Grant Harley from the University of Mississippi will share his research about the history of past land use and the influence of climate through the years.  He will also make land management recommendations for those interested in developing prescribed fire regimes in this ecosystem. Register to attend this free event.  One hour of Category 1 Society of American Foresters Continuing Education credit is approved for participation in this webinar.  For information about other free webinars available check out the Firewise website.

Chief Fire Warden Dave Celino State of MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Bureau of Forest Fire Control came to the NFPA to do a coffee time presentation.  He spoke about what his department is doing to reduce the risk of wildfire in the state using prescribed fire. He also shared about all of the partnerships developing with his organization including the NFPA. 

 

He shared about how some of their projects using prescribed fire have many useful purposes including creating healthier habitat for a variety of species including terns and butterflies, training for wildland response for firefighters and reducing fuel loads around communities.

 

Dave also serves as the state liaison for NFPA’s Firewise Community USA ® program in the state of Massachusetts.  He shared about the important contributions that Firewise communities make as partners in creating healthier habitats and more resilient communities through home hardening, landscape maintenance, and other projects.

Chinquapin Estates, a Firewise community in Lyndhurst, Virginia, has developed a unique program to assist their volunteer fire department.   The Virginia Department of Forestry has information on their website about how to install and maintain dry hydrants which are a great asset in rural settings. 

Dry Hydrant use
Using a dry Hydrant from the Virginia Department of Forestry website


You can also find information about how to properly install and maintain dry hydrants in NFPA’s Standard 1142 chapter 8. Read this community’s story about how they worked with their local volunteer fire department.

Chinquapin Estates at Lyndhurst, VA

Chinquapin has initiated an Adopt-a-Hydrant program. There are 19 fire hydrants in the community, and they asked property owners with a hydrant on or near their property to adopt the hydrant and keep tall grass, leaves and snow cleared from the hydrant. This will keep the hydrants visible and accessible at all times.

Chinquapin tells us, “All 19 property owners we asked have agreed to look after their hydrants throughout the year. This will save our local volunteer fire

Faith's Photo
a well maintained hydrant photo by Faith Berry

company valuable time should we have a fire in the community.”

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