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Welcome to Be Wildfire Ready!

Registration for October’s Firewise Virtual Workshops is now open! The Thursday, October 23 session, Improving Access for Wildland Firefighters features Jeremy Keller, as this month’s Ask an Expert presenter.

Topics covered include information on driveway accessibility needs for firefighting apparatus, the importance of address visibility, information on what fire personnel look for in making decisions about which homes may be defendable; along with simple tips on how homeowners can help firefighters prior to evacuating.


The one-hour agenda includes a thirty minute informational presentation followed by a thirty minute “Ask an Expert” component where questions related to the session’s topic are answered live.  Registrants are encouraged to submit a question for the Ask the Expert component – submissions must be received by Monday, October 13 at 8am EDTQuestion should be submitted to cprudhomme@nfpa.org.    


This month’s guest presenter Jeremy Keller is with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and is both a wildland and structural firefighter.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the session; he’s a certified forester with a bachelor’s degree in fire administration, and also a bachelor’s and master’s degree in natural resources management.

Virtual workshops provide an opportunity for stakeholders to attend a live, no-charge, sixty minute interactive educational module, with the option of downloading the full session at a future date. Previous sessions were limited to the first 100 registrants, but in response to increased demand a new platform has been acquired that will now accommodate an unlimited sized audience. A transcript is also available following each session.

To register or access the recorded workshops visit http://firewise.org/online-courses-and-education/virtualworkshops.aspx.



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Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space (Be Firewise!) by clearing brush and debris away from your home.  Clean your gutters and roof- remove leaves and pine needles. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures.  Move combustibles like firewood away from your home. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot.  Make sure all people residing within the home are on the same page, plan escape routes. Create a family emergency communication plan or neighborhood phone tree. Call your insurance agent to ensure that your policy is up to date. Create a home inventory including all of the contents of your home.

Set – Act immediately!  If you receive an emergency notification from the Grand County Dispatch Center or CodeRED to evacuate- pack your vehicle with your emergency items.  Be situationally aware- stay abreast of the latest news, both reported on news crews and from your local government officials (www.gcemergency.com). Look for updated information on the fire on www.inciweb.org.

Go – Leave early!  Following your Action Plan makes you prepared at this step of the process. Close windows and doors. Leave a note on your door letting first responders know that you have evacuated. Firefighters are now able to best fight the wildfire, knowing that you and your family are safely out of harm’s way.

 Don’t let the first time you educate yourself on wildland fire be in the aftermath,

join with us and be a part of the wildland fire solution today!

Be Wildfire Ready recommends the Surviving Wildfire Handbook by Linda Masterson


Be Wildfire Ready would like to thank the University of Nevada Cooperative and


This website made possible with a grant from The Grand Foundation


Sponsored by the Grand County Firefighters Association

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