The National Fire Protection Association is coordinating a statewide Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service in Colorado on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a proclamation for the day which also coincides with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s (IAWF) Global Wildfire Awareness Week. Colorado experienced extremely large and devastating wildfires in 2012, and in an effort to reduce the potential impacts of more fires this year, we’re asking for your help in encouraging your scouts to participate in the day of service and becoming a wildfire prevention/mitigation influencer and messenger within their own families, and also in the community where they live.
The Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service is being promoted to residents of all ages that live in areas with a wildfire risk, with a special emphasis on youth – and what they can do to make their communities a safer place. The array of projects range from activities that can be easily accomplished in under an hour, to some that could take an entire day; with options for a single individual, family, or even larger group. Outreach efforts are being made to wildland/urban interface schools and youth organizations; with additional efforts being done by the Colorado State Forest Service, READYColorado, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Mile High Chapter of the Red Cross, and the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.
The scope can be large or small – you decide the details. Potential options range from an intergenerational project with participants doing mitigation work that helps elderly or disabled residents; to a combined educational segment and work activity. We’re encouraging participants to post their project ideas and photos of their efforts on our Facebook page at facebook.com/Firewise. Visit www.firewise.org/dayofservice for more details.