Some Firewise communities have used visual aids like “show and tell”, to promote the good work that they are accomplishing. The Caney Firewise Community uses a trailer emblazoned with the Firewise logo and Long Canyon at Austin, Texas use their fire department’s vehicles to promote their fire department’s support of Firewise programs. The educational programs that these communities engage in help support action taken by homeowners to make their homes and landscapes more resilient. Over time with continued participation in the program communities they become safer. Read their stories to see if what they have done to promote their Firewise program resonates with your community’s action plan.
Long Canyon at Austin, Texas
Long Canyon held an outdoor event with games and prizes for children on Firewise Day. They distributed Firewise educational materials to adults, and had prizes for adults and kids. Emergency Services District 4 volunteers displayed the fire truck, equipment, and emergency vehicle. Balcones Wildland Preserve and Texas Forest Service set up displays and talked to residents about reducing fuels and wildfire risk. Food and beverages were served.
Long Canyon Firewise Committee shared with us, “We have found that our community-wide events have been helpful in disseminating educational materials and encouraging neighbor participation in Firewise strategies. By involving our Emergency Services District’s firefighters and their vehicles, and other community service agencies, as well as providing games for children, snacks and outdoor prizes for all, families enjoy and earn at the same time.”
On Firewise Day, the community of Caney worked together to cut brush along East and West Main Street, and remove the old dump site located on school property. They also cleared two vacant lots on West Main Street.
Caney tells us, “Our Firewise projects have helped us reduce the likelihood and/or severity of wildland fires in our interface areas. We have had a great experience with the Firewise Program.
Submitted by the Firewise Community of Caney, Oklahoma