Fire safe training to be offered |

Fire safe training to be offered

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) is offering a free two-day training session for their Defensible Space Advisor Program on Oct. 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The first day of the session is classroom style learning with various instructors. No previous experience is necessary and the public is invited to learn more about fire safety in the Sierra Nevada.

Students will learn about implementing defensible space, vegetation models in the area, wildfire behavior, forest health, Firewise landscaping techniques, homeowner’s insurance issues, emergency notifications, planning for evacuation and establishing Firewise Communities/USA.

Featured speakers include Jeff Dunning with Allstate Insurance; Lynn Lorenson with UC Master Gardeners; David Ray, retired fire chief; Dennis Cassella, retired emergency services director and Chief Adolph Zubia with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.

The multi-media presentations include a dramatic short film of the evacuation of the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire.

The second day of the training session applies the classroom learning in a field environment where instructors will make specific recommendations on how to best mitigate wildfire for defensible space and forest health.

People who sign up to have a free defensible space advisory visit at their home during the months of October and November will receive a free 2014 Firewise Calendar.

The calendar features Firewise Communities activities, including a photograph from the annual education day event at Lake of the Pines with Higgins Fire Protection District giving a fire extinguisher demonstration.

To enroll in the class or request a visit at your home, contact the FSCNC at 530-272-1122.

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