Chief’s Corner: Ready … set … go! | SierraSun.com

Chief’s Corner: Ready … set … go!

Mike Brown

The Ready, Set, Go! Program (RSG!), managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and residents they serve.

The program helps fire departments teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas, and the wildland-urban interface, how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats.

The RSG! guidelines help residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a fire starts.

Now in its third year nationally, the program is nearing 1,000 member departments and agencies representatives in all states. It continues to work in collaborative fashion with existing wildland fire public education efforts to better achieve the common goal we all share of Fire Adapted Communities.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay is proud to be a Fire Adapted Community, taking responsibility for its wildfire risks — taking actions to address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets.

By working with our agency partners, landowners and our local residents, we continue to improve upon this common goal. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes.

Taking actions to become a Fire Adapted Community is the next step in wildfire preparedness. A Fire Adapted Community can survive a wildfire with little or no assistance from firefighters.

Defensible space and fuels reduction projects protect communities by reducing fire behavior, giving firefighters a chance to catch wildfires before they become catastrophic.

The projects also help to restore and maintain fire resilient landscapes by emulating the disturbance of frequent, low-intensity fires that shaped the landscape and ecology of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

We encourage our residents to do their part — sign up for our free Chipping and Defensible Space Evaluation services. Visit http://www.nltfpd.net to register on line or call us at 775-831-0351, ext. 0.

Pick up a copy of the Lake Tahoe Basin, “Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness,” at our administration office, or fire station. You can also visit livingwithfire.info/tahoe/.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.