August 27, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program launched a new Firewise toolkit, available at no cost online. Firewise is a national program that emphasizes community involvement and provides important information for residents to reduce the risk of wildland fire igniting homes.
The materials in the toolkit can be found in one easily-accessible place on the Firewise website and are designed to meet the needs of several audiences, including homeowners, fire service professionals, community leaders and others interested in learning how to reduce wildfire risk. Whether it’s a homeowner who makes use of the checklist to create defensible space around their home, a community member interested in working with their neighbors to establish a Firewise Communities/USA®-recognized site, or a representative from one of the more than 780 nationally recognized Firewise communities looking for downloadable materials to support their continued mitigation efforts, the toolkit is the place to start.
The entire toolkit or its separate pieces can be downloaded and printed for meetings, presentations and for individual use. The toolkit consists of the following:
The toolkit can be found on the “information and resources” page of the Firewise website.
More information about the toolkit or the Firewise Communications Program can be found on the Firewise website, by contacting the Wildland Fire Operations Division at 617-984-7486, or through the “contact us” page on the Firewise website.
The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires. Firewise is a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org for more information.