The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program launched a new Firewise toolkit, available at no cost online. Firewise is a national program that emphasizes community involvement and provides important information for residents to reduce the risk of wildland fire igniting homes.
The materials in the toolkit can be found in one easily-accessible place on the Firewise website and are designed to meet the needs of several audiences, including homeowners, fire service professionals, community leaders and others interested in learning how to reduce wildfire risk. Whether it’s a homeowner who makes use of the checklist to create defensible space around their home, a community member interested in working with their neighbors to establish a Firewise Communities/USA®-recognized site, or a representative from one of the more than 780 nationally recognized Firewise communities looking for downloadable materials to support their continued mitigation efforts, the toolkit is the place to start.
The entire toolkit or its separate pieces can be downloaded and printed for meetings, presentations and for individual use. The toolkit consists of the following:
· Facts about NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program
· A Guide to Firewise Principles
· Firewise Tips Checklist for Homeowners
· Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program Checklist
· Guidelines for Spelling/Usage of Firewise
· Guidelines for Using the Firewise/NFPA Logo
The toolkit can be found on the “information and resources” page of the Firewise website.