Firewise Communities© love the Firewise program and the Firewise Day that they participate in because it gives them the opportunity to partner together with other groups and their local fire departments. The Firewise program can be the impetus to come together for a common cause; wildfire preparedness and prevention. Each partner can assist the other with shared resources, talents and finances to create a better prevention program. Many of these communities mentioned to us how much they appreciated the materials provided by NFPA’s Firewise program that supplemented their education and outreach efforts. Read about how these two Firewise communities.
Timber Ridge at Prescott, Arizona
Timber Ridge held a community meeting, “Firewise and Ice Cream Day” for Firewise Day. Bob Celaya and Chris Erickson from Arizona State Forestry Division were the guest speakers. Chris gave a presentation on local forest health and insect activity. Bob spoke about what was going on in the northern Arizona forests, and his observations from a drive around Timber Ridge.
Timber Ridge says, “Being a Firewise Community offers peace of mind knowing your entire neighborhood has all pulled together to make living in the urban interface a safer place. Thank you Firewise USA for bringing fire departments and communities together!”
Anthem at Phoenix, Arizona
Anthem held a two-day event for Firewise Day in conjunction with the annual Autumn Festival. The BLM Firewise Trailer was on site both days, allowing guests to gather informational materials, ask questions, view the video, and collect promotional materials. Smokey the Bear also made an appearance, wandering the crowd and welcoming guests that visited the trailer. The temperatures were extremely warm that weekend, and though the children loved him, this had to be a short visit. Community volunteers with a history and background on the Firewise initiative hosted the trailer, answered questions, and collected contact information for those interested in receiving e-news updates. The Daisy Mountain Fire Department assisted, and served as an excellent support system to the Firewise activities and efforts.
Anthem says, “The impressive aspect to Anthem’s Firewise community is that it was initiated by Anthem residents, and they continue to spearhead efforts to keep our community safe. Firewise Days, held in conjunction with Autumnfest, is volunteer driven by individuals and local partners who are committed and dedicated to preserving our community. Through their efforts, we are able to keep the message fresh, reach new audiences, broaden our e-news subscriber base, and share valuable reminders about fire safety. We're very appreciative of the support we receive to bring in the Firewise Trailer, and the bonus promotional trinkets to give away, in addition to those we purchase.”
Smokey Bear with children in Anthem, Arizona submitted by the community