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Cathy Prudhomme
Denver Field Office
Associate Project Manager - Wildland Fire Youth Education
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Plan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire project to be implemented during NFPA's third national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7, and your activity could receive one of 125 project funding awards in the amount of $500 each to cover expenses related to grassroots efforts. The project funding awards opportunity along with additional outreach components is being generously provided by State Farm. Applying for a project funding award is easy and takes only a few minutes to complete. Submit a brief description of the project you or your group will complete on May 7 and include who... Continue reading
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Plan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire project to be implemented during NFPA's third national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7, and your activity could receive one of 125 project funding awards in the amount of $500 each to cover expenses related to grassroots efforts. The project... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Safety Source
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In 2015, the Firewise program presented another successful series of educational virtual workshops that included engaging topics presented by leading researchers and practitioners. Each workshop provided stakeholders with useful and important wildfire information and actions residents can take to reduce risk. Every workshop is a live interactive sixty minute session... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Plan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire project to be implemented during NFPA's third national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7, and your activity could receive one of 125 project funding awards in the amount of $500 each to cover expenses related to grassroots efforts. The project... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Seizing opportunities to connect with residents during fall fire season proved very successful when the Bolivar, TN Fire Department recently hosted two community-wide Firewise clean-up days. Included in the multiple days of activities were neighborhood home hazard assessments in areas identified in Community Wildfire Protection Plans, assisting neighborhoods with work... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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While most folks are busy counting the days until Christmas or New Years, our team in the wildland fire division at NFPA have been counting down the days until the arrival of the January 11 kickoff of the 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day campaign. In 2016, the day dedicated to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I have to say, this was a first for me, I’ve never received a wildfire mitigation story that made me hear the sounds of Christmas, but Courtney Peterson with the Colorado State Forest Service did just that when she shared this story about the work 17 families from the Falls... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Recently, Nick Harrison the Firewise State Liaison in TX and Ron Smith, a representative from one of the 70 communities in Texas that participate in the national Firewise Communities,USA® program shared an accomplishment that demonstrates what can be achieved when residents and local government work together to reduce wildfire risk.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Recently, Suzanne Wade, the Firewise/Fuels Reduction Coordinator with the Kittitas County Conservation District in Ellensburg, WA shared a great mitigation success story with me. It was one of those goose bump generating testimonials that empower us all to keep moving forward and spreading the mitigation message. I immediately asked her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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After reviewing close to forty applications, an NFPA panel selected ten middle school through college age students, ranging in age from 13 to 20, as recipients of a $500 TakeAction Community Service Project Funding Award. Their projects were completed between September 1 and November 15 and were valuable contributions to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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If you know a student who has a few hours to spare between now and Sunday, they could turn their free time into a wildfire risk reduction project that could earn them $500 for future educational costs, or as a donation to their favorite charity. The TakeAction campaign supported by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Students between the ages of 13 and 22 who complete a wildland fire community service project and submit an application by Sunday, November 15, could be the recipient of one of twenty opportunities to receive $500 for future educational costs, or as a donation to their favorite charitable organization. Participation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Often, one of the biggest hurdles in getting homeowners living in a community with a wildfire risk to make their home more fire resistant, is the lack of opportunities for them to visit a residence that’s completed the mitigation process; and see firsthand what a property looks like when it’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Students between the ages of 13 and 22 could receive $500 to use for future educational costs, or as a donation to their favorite charitable organization for completing a local community service project that benefits the people and neighborhood where they live. Participation is easy when they choose a project... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Throughout the U.S. thousands of all-hazard preparedness events took place on September 30, during FEMA's America's PrepareAthon. I had the privilege of attending one of those events at the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Center where fire department personnel and NFPA encouraged pet and horse owners to take the steps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In households with pets and horses, we treat them as members of our family, and like their owners they require proactive planning and actions to ensure they can be safely evacuated when wildfires occur. As of today, getting pets and horses ready for a wildfire just got a whole lot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Take a step over adults, because you're about to be joined in your wildfire mitigation efforts by a powerful group of middle and high school students that want to be involved in their communities and contribute to making where they live a safer place. Youth now have a resource designed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The Preserve at Pine Meadows, a Firewise Communities/USA recognized community in Pine, CO recently worked with the CO State Forest Service to produce a video that chronicles their journey after the Hi Meadow Fire in 2000; a catastrophic high intensity canopy fire that burned close to 11,000 acres and destroyed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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For months you've tracked the days until your vacation begins; anticipating the departure date has been similar to a child waiting for Santa to arrive. Trip insurance was purchased to cover any costly airline hiccups; sunscreen and bug spray packed to keep you incident-free, every possible proactive step taken to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo Credit: Ali Ulwelling, MT Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation An article in a recent issue of the Daily Inter Lake paper in Flathead County, MT outlined the area’s current potential for wildfires and how stakeholders are actively working with residents to create awareness of the tools they can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Graphic Credit: Gazette.com For residents in El Paso County, Colorado, the month of June will always be a point of reflection after two historically record breaking wildfire events impacted the county in 2012 and 2013; just fifteen miles apart from each other. The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed 347 homes and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Recently, a group of wildland fire mitigation practitioners met as a panel to discuss how fire adapted communities are created at a cable TV station in Aspen, CO. The result was an almost hour-long video that highlights the path to becoming more fire adapted. The panel included: Ron Biggers, Deputy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Recently, I had the privilege of attending a statewide Firewise Communities/USA meeting in Tennessee where several communities were recognized for their multi-year efforts and participation in the program. Meeting residents committed to reducing their wildfire risk and hearing their success stories is always a high point of any week; and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As an annual renewal requirement of the Firewise Communities/USA® program, community participants must complete the delivery of a Firewise event each year. Events are typically developed using the community’s action plan (created by each board during the initial application process) to address issues identified in their plan and get the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Earlier this month Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock signed a multi-state (Montana, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah) proclamation designating the month of May as Wildfire Awareness Month. In Montana, events and activities have taken place during this month that encourage residents to prepare their homes and property for... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog