The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in partnership with State Farm Insurance, awarded the City of Huntsville $500 in support of the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day to be held nationally on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Huntsville was one of only 150 cities nationwide to receive the award. The Huntsville Fire Department will partner with the National Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Walker County Office of Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the City of Huntsville Emergency Management Coordinator to hold a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Fire Station #2, 2109 Sam Houston Avenue. Each organization will have a booth to provide information and talk with attendees. Huntsville firefighters will be serving free hotdogs and refreshments during the event.
The Huntsville Fire Department is one of the first nine agencies in the United States to participate in the Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). RSG seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. Launched nationally in March 2011 at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI 2011) Conference, the program helps fire departments teach individuals who live in high-risk wildfire areas and along the wildland-urban interface how to best prepare themselves and their properties for fire threats.“We believe we will be able to reach a large number of at-risk residents with information to help reduce the risk of starting a wildfire and what to do in the event of a wildfire,” said Huntsville’s Assistant Fire Chief John Hobbs. “We encourage everyone to attend this important event to learn more about keeping your property and yourself safe in a wildfire.”
Huntsville and Walker County are unique in that they are surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forrest and Huntsville State Park. The area has suffered through wildfires severe enough to be declared disasters at the federal level in past years, and the hope is giving residents more information on preparedness will lessen potential losses in the future.
For more information, contact Assistant Chief Hobbs at 936-291-5943.