Last week, the Firewise Program enjoyed spending time with the Texas A&M Forest Service staff at Fire Rescue International 2014 in Dallas, Texas. FRI 2014, hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), brought together chief fire officers from around the country and internationally to learn about advances in emergency services, and in our case, wildfire risk in the communities they serve. Firewise exhibited at the 2-day trade show along with members of the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition and Texas A&M Forest Service.
The Firewise Program is grateful for the ongoing work by Nick Harrison, Firewise Coordinator for the State of Texas, and Steven Deffinbaugh, Resource Specialist I, seen at right with NFPA’s Cheryl Blake and myself.
We also got to spend time with Bobette Mauck, emergency management assistant with the Lucas Fire Department and coordinator for the City of Lucas, Texas, Firewise program, seen at right, below. Recognized since 2012, Lucas supports volunteer mitigation work around the community and has hosted successful Firewise community days that provided beneficial educational outreach to residents with Smokey Bear and fire department open house events.
We thank all those with Texas A&M Forest Service, its Mitigation & Prevention department, Nick, Steven, and Bobette for the support they give to Firewise and the work they do every day serving those at risk to wildfire in Texas.