Awards promote local, regional, state projects to help reduce wildfire risk
May 3, 2010 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is calling for nominations for its new Firewise Project Awards and Community Protection Achievement Certificates to recognize significant and outstanding activities that contribute to reducing the loss of lives, property, and resources in areas prone to wildfire.
NFPA’s Firewise Project Awards are open to all individuals and organizations conducting wildland fire mitigation activities. The Community Protection Achievement Certificate is designed to honor wildfire protection plans that incorporate Firewise principles.
Examples of eligible Firewise Projects include, but are not limited to:
- Brush clearance
- Tree thinning
- Green waste collection or mulching
- Home retrofits
- Public education activities
- Risk assessments of individual homes
- Firewise demonstration projects
- Youth involvement or community service activities
Eligible Community Protection Achievement nominees should be able to show one or more of the following elements in a wildfire protection plan:
- A neighborhood- or subdivision-level wildfire risk assessment
- Recommended actions to reduce structural ignitability of homes and businesses
- Existing Firewise Communities/USA® recognition sites
- A plan to help neighborhoods achieve Firewise Communities/USA® recognition
Applications for both the Firewise Project Award and the Community Protection Achievement Certificate are easy to complete. Entrants must simply provide a brief description of the project or plan and its impact on reducing wildfire risk.
“These day-to-day projects and longer-term plans and the individuals who make them happen make a real difference in reducing wildfire risk,” said Michele Steinberg, manager of the NFPA Firewise Communities program. “By taking a few moments to nominate your project or plan, you are helping to inspire others to take actions in their community.”
Beyond providing recognition to deserving projects, the new awards program helps NFPA Firewise staff capture success stories and share best practices across the country, among all types of interests – public, private, and tribal.
The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization 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.
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Media Contact: Lorraine Carli, +1 617 984-7275
Program Contact: Michele Steinberg, +1 617 984-7487