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Fire Prevention, GFC

  1. 1. Georgia Firewise Program Eric L. Mosley Wildfire Mitigation Program Manager Georgia Forestry Commission
  2. 2. Who are we?
  3. 3. Who are we?
  4. 4. Who are we?
  5. 5. Mechanical Fuel Treatment Program
  6. 6. Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  7. 7. Georgia’s Firewise Program The Georgia Firewise program works with public and private entities to educate, train and prepare for a wildfire event. The Georgia Firewise programs has 41 certified communities and the numbers of new communities are growing each year. Fire departments and Community Leaders are our primary audience. Utilizing the knowledge of leaders who are already part of the community, we can make a greater impact on homeowners. It takes the efforts of everyone for us to be successful in gaining area interest, participation and community engagement.
  8. 8. Why is Firewise needed in Georgia? 2012 Wildfire Statistics Burning Debris 44.5 % Arson 36 % Equipment Use 5.8% Misc. 9% Lightning 1.5% Children 1.1% Campfire 0.9% Railroad 0.8% Smokers 0.5% The vast majority of Georgia’s wildfires are caused by humans, intentionally or unintentionally. Firewise can be the tool that reduces these statistics through community awareness. It’s a matter of educating everyone.
  9. 9. Why is Firewise needed in Georgia? Though most Georgia wildfires are small with creeping flames; our recent weather and drought conditions has created unprecedented fires like these in SE Georgia. Low humidity and a lack of moisture can allow for these type of large fires – which are hard to stop.
  10. 10. Fire Adapted Community Program Towns County Fire Adapted Community – – – – Local Leaders Local, State, and Federal Partners Communities Governance : – 7 current Firewise Communities – Town Fire and Rescue RSG – USFS Fuel Management
  11. 11. Fire Adapted Community Program
  12. 12. Fire Adapted Community Program Towns County Fire Adapted Community A Successful Coalition – – – – Local Leaders Local, State, and Federal Partners Communities Governance Leading by example: – 9 current Firewise Communities – Town Fire and Rescue RSG – USFS Fuel Management Building a Regional Legacy:
  13. 13. Georgia Firewise Certified Site Georgia Firewise Certified Sites Georgia Military Bases – – – – Fort Gordon Fort Benning Robbins Air force Base Camp Merrill Georgia State Parks – Fort Mountain State Park – Panola Mountain State Park – Brasstown Valley Resort Georgia Boy & Girl Scout Camps Georgia Stat Prisons
  14. 14. Georgia Firewise Campus Young Harris College (Towns County, GA) – Student Education & Training – Wildfire Prevention & Planning – Evacuation Plans Toccoa Falls College (Stephens County, GA) – Mechanical/Prescribed Fire Program – Mitigation Teams Berry College (Floyd County, GA) Georgia College and State University (Baldwin County, GA)
  15. 15. Georgia Firewise Campus
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  17. 17. Conclusion By working with Georgia’s fire crews through the Firewise program, we hope to accomplish the following: To the public: Heightened awareness of wildfire presence in Georgia; greater involvement with preventing wildfire. To fire crews: Sustainable fire prevention plans, involvement with continual fire mitigation projects, and continuing leadership in community fire safety efforts.
  18. 18. Thank You We appreciate your time and attention. To learn more about how Firewise can work with your community, visit www.georgiafirewise.org or contact Eric L. Mosley, Fire Mitigation Program Manager at the contact information below. Eric L. Mosley georgiafirewise@gfc.state.ga.us 478-752-1193 office 912-531-7152 cell

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