When it comes to your home, wildfires don't have to be disasters.
Arizona State Forestry Division participates in NFPA's Firewise Communities Program, a program that teaches people how to adapt to live with wildfire. As a homeowner, there are simple things you can do to reduce the risk of your property from wildfire.
The Firewise mission is to promote community-wide responsibility in the use of technology, policy, and practices that minimize the loss of life and property to wildland fire independent of firefighting efforts. For more information on the Firewise Communities Program, go to the Firewise Communities Program website.
How to Get Firewise Community Recognition
Eight Steps to Arizona Firewise Community Recognition:
1. Contact your State or local District Firewise Coordinator to start the process.
2. Schedule a visit with your local District Firewise Coordinator. Read Living with Wildfire booklet for good information on the home ignition zone.
3. Form a Firewise board or committee.
4. Complete the community assessment or evaluation. Use the Assessment Form or equivalent.
5. Write a Firewise Plan. Use the Firewise Plan Template to help you get critical information in the plan.
6. Implement solutions; conduct a Firewise Day.
7. Apply for Firewise recognition through the State or District Firewise Coordinator. Use the Firewise Communites/USA Application form.
8. Renew recognition status by December 31 on an annual basis. Use the Firewise Communiites/USA Renewal form.
How to Become a Firewise Assessor or Advisor
Arizona communities seeking Firewise recognition are required to complete an assessment and Firewise Plan. These activities must be performed under the oversight of qualified individuals, as described below.
The Firewise Assessor works with homeowners, homeowner associations, and the local fire department to complete Community and Home Assessments under the direct supervision of a qualified Firewise Advisor (see below).
The Assessor must complete “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone”, or equivalent training such as Arizona State Forestry Division’s Firewise Training. Contact the State Firewise Coordinator for more course information.
In addition to the above-listed duties, the Advisor also assists in Firewise Plan development and recommends mitigation actions. The Advisor must have successfully completed the following:
- S-130 Firefighter training
- S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior training
- S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface training
- S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior training
- ”Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” or equivalent training such as Arizona State
Forestry Division’s Firewise Training
- Experience in fire behavior observation in Arizona major fuel types (6 hours in each fuel type).
Certifications and other documents may be submitted to the State Firewise Coordinator for review.