Firefighters can help promote wildfire resilience in their communities by applying for funding and completing wildfire hazard mitigation project work. Projects to help with after fire recovery needs can also be applied for. The application period for $500 (provided with generous support from State Farm) now open, through March 2nd.
Fire districts and communities can now apply for one of one hundred and fifty, $500 awards at www.wildfireprepday.org. If your district is awarded $500 it can be used to rent chippers, buy tools, rent dumpsters or whatever you need to help you implement an effective wildfire prevention activity. By working with communities to design and implement project work in communities, fire districts have been able to take fire prevention efforts from information to action.
Fire departments that have worked together on a wildfire safety project for the first time with local residents have found that it helps create a sense of community, which has helped strengthen relationships communities have with their local fire departments.
NFPA has created resources to help you and your communities with the application process as well as promote local events you may be hosting with; fillable poster templates, a sample press release, a project safety tip sheet and more, which can be found on the Prep Day web page.