What is Firewise?
Firewise® USA is a National Fire Protection Association program that teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take preemptive action to prevent losses.
Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association became a Firewise® USA site in October of 2018.
How does it work?
Firewise USA provides a collaborative framework for neighbors to reduce wildfire risks at the local level. The national program gets down to the neighborhood levels, providing tools, education, and plans for increasing a home’s chance of surviving a wildfire while making it safer for firefighters to defend their home and neighborhood.
The program has annual renewal requirements – in order to remain a Firewise® USA site, a neighborhood must complete a certain number of hours and meet criteria to be recertified.
Why should I participate?
Scientific research has proven that when adequately prepared, a home can withstand a wildland fire without the intervention of fire suppression services. And when firefights do become involved in saving a home, Firewise® Communities provider a safer working environment to help make a dangerous job safer. When an entire community gathers together to make the neighborhood a better place, everyone benefits. The new normal is a year-round fire season, and our community must respond.
GDRA is working with Truckee Fire Protection District, Town of Truckee, and Nevada County to organize a 2019 community clean up day and other activities. Stay tuned, and sign up for email communications to get the latest on our Firewise® Community.
- CalFIRE ReadyForWildfire.org
- National Fire Protection Association
- FireWise Community from NFPA
- FireSafe Council of Nevada County
- Defensible Space