Wildfire Risk Reduction Community Service Projects

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Wildfires aren’t predictable; they have the potential to grow rapidly and can quickly exceed firefighters' ability to control them – they impact everyone and everything. When that happens, people living close to the area of the fire may need to evacuate quickly, often with little time to leave safely.

As a teen, YOU can play a key role in helping your family, neighbors and firefighters when a wildfire occurs
If you’re a middle or high school student living in a high-risk wildfire area, there’s a lot you can do to help protect the people, animals and items that are important to you. 

Teens across the country are already doing great things in their neighborhoods to reduce a wildfire’s massive power, and you can too! Remember you can, and you will, make a difference in your community. Check out the more than two dozen project ideas (PDF, 12 MB) that can get you started. After you’ve picked a project, make sure you and everyone helping knows these safety tips (PDF, 22 KB).

Community service projects directly benefit the people, wildlife and neighborhoods where you live. Take part in projects to fulfill these requirements and make important contributions in your area to reduce wildfire risks or post-fire impacts like flooding and mudslides. You can also view this video in Spanish.

Community service funding award recipients

Ten students have been selected as $500 TakeAction community service funding award recipients for projects implemented from Sep. 1 to Nov. 15, 2015, that reduce wildfire risks or increase preparedness. Recipients ranged in age from 13 to 20. Awards can be used for future educational costs, or as a donation to their favorite charitable organization.

Award funding was provided by State Farm through NFPA’s Year of Living Less Dangerously campaign. Awardees included:

Ariana H. – Grants Pass, OR      Kevin M. – Lago Vista, TX 
Dylan H. – Fort Collins, CO
    Kiernan M. – Nederland, CO
Hayden N. – Boulder, CO
    Kyren M. – Kamuela, HI
Ivory C. – Suffolk, VA
    Sarah G. – Fort Collins, CO
Jaylee S. – Cloquet, MN
    Sophie B. – St. Louis, MO

NFPA and State Farm are pleased to support the 2015 TakeAction campaign, but have not assessed or evaluated any of the community projects, activities or initiatives. Recognition of any kind in no way implies endorsement or approval of a project, its safety or effectiveness, and the supporters disclaim all liability in connection with any such project, activity or initiative.

Please contact us with any questions about the campaign.