One of the things I love about the Firewise USA program is how it encourages people to work together and can bring about partnerships that might not have been considered in the past. State and federal agencies collaborate with local fire districts, conservation districts, fire safe councils, and many other organizations that have the capacity and willingness to learn to deliver the program, and the drive to help their community decrease their risk from wildfire.
Building those relationships and programs can be difficult, but sometimes all you need is a little information on where to begin. Kelsi Mottet with Whidbey Island Conservation District shares an excellent learning opportunity for folks who are looking to get involved in wildfire preparedness and provides tips on how to build your network and program.
Professional development resource for fire experts: Tips for developing a successful wildfire preparedness program, models from Washington state
So, you have a community in your area who has approached you to get a wildfire preparedness program started. Where should you begin? Watch this recent webinar presented in December 2019 that shares two models in Washington state that have proven successful, both for those new to creating effective programs and those seasoned. When it comes to successfully supporting communities in wildfire preparedness initiatives, the key to success is in the development of effective partnerships that are tailored on a local level. This webinar was developed by Washington state’s Cascadia Conservation District, Whidbey Island Conservation District, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Northwest and Southeast Regions, and was nationally broadcasted through the National Association of Conservation Districts Urban and Community (U & C) webinar series, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and U & C Resource Policy Group. View the webinar at https://youtu.be/O36Md6Lhbf4 .