Incredible stories are pouring in about projects accomplished across the country and the globe on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Here at NFPA®’s main office, we hosted a training session provided by two Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) employees about how to make changes to the landscape around the home and the home itself for wildfire safety, also shared were pruning tips to assist with liming up trees.
From Washington State, Nancy Miller shared, “We had a great event and removed more than 15 yards of chipped debris! I don't know what that represents in volume before it was chipped, but it was a very large amount.”
Nancy went on to say, “We appreciated so very much your award of $500 dollars and with community member donations we were able to hire a professional to bring his large chipper and remove the tree limbs and brush that would contribute fuel for a wildfire.”
Back again on the East Coast in Maine, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, completed a community clean up and educational event that was featured on local television.
And in Yarnell, Arizona, Denise Roggio shared, “We wanted to share our successful event with you and your organization. We went to the Model Creek School as an activity outreach with students, grades 1 - 8. The students learned about fire resistant plants and planted terrariums. Then, on Saturday, May 4th, we hosted a Firewise Plants/Defensible Space workshop.”
Explaining more about the workshop, Denise said, “The $500 in funding purchased beautiful flowering plants, and 1 plant was given to each household represented. 38 people attended the workshop. Two firefighters spoke regarding creating defensible space, and a gardening expert taught us how to properly care for and plant fire resistant native plants. This event was wonderful! People have requested that we do many more of these community engagement events. Thank you so very much for the Grant award! We are very grateful.”
We are also hearing from people who participated with Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, and other countries. It is great to see that more and more people are participating globally in this incredible effort.
Each and every participant is a wildfire safety hero! We are looking forward to hearing more about events and projects completed not only on this day but every day. Working together, we all can make a difference with every project and activity we complete to create safer homes and neighborhoods. Tell us your story!
Photo credits: Top photo - courtesy Tracy Gaudette, two DCR employees sharing landscaping techniques with NFPA employees. Middle photo - courtesy Nancy Miller, community chipping event. Bottom photo - Denise Roggio, Yarnell Landscaping event.