Chief Robert Gann of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department in Colorado is the recipient of a new award established to honor organizations or individuals who help NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations division further its safety mission. The award was presented at NFPA's Backyards & Beyond conference in Salt Lake City.
Chief Gann was instrumental in the development of “Before the Smoke! Preparing Your Community for Wildfire”, a video created for volunteer fire departments located in the wildland/urban interface areas for use in training, education, and outreach efforts.
“But more importantly, while working with Chief Gann on the video, we were privileged to personally witness his deep involvement in his community and the connection he has with everyone from firefighters, to residents, and other area stakeholders,” said Dave Nuss, manager of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations group.
“Chief Gann takes to heart the principles of fire adapted and Firewise communities and through his efforts, has made a significant impact on educating homeowners and reducing the risks faced by his community,” said Dave.