Promoting a successful Firewise event sometimes happens because communities and agencies can cross promote, sharing each other’s contact information. Collaborative community efforts can provide a solid starting point for the successful implementation of projects that all residents and agency partners have had the opportunity to cooperatively develop. Events and projects designed and implemented by allowing everyone to share their insights at the project’s inception can generate more buy-in and overall success. Read about this Firewise© Community’s success.
Pinetop at Lakeside, Arizona
Pinetop held its Firewise Day in conjunction with the local fundraising event for the White Mountain Nature Center “Walk in the Woods”. The Firewise group paid to have a booth at the event where they handed out printed brochures, and spoke to residents about the importance of defensible space and preparation for a wildfire event. Carrie Dennett, Arizona State Forestry Division Prevention and Fire Information Office made a presentation to the group. Her presentation was followed by a question and answer session.
Pinetop says, “We co-sponsored our event with the local fire district. Advertising for the event was posted in Pinetop and emailed to the White Mountain Nature Center (WMNC) email list and to Pinetop Community Association (PCA) residents. Event information was also posted on both the WMNC and the PCA websites. Firewise Day is helpful to the community.”