IAFC aims to prepare communities for wildfires
The Ready, Set, Go! Program helps communities form wildfire protection plans and teaches them to be aware and act early on those plans
By FireRescue1 Staff
CHANTILLY, Va. — The International Association of Fire Chiefs introduced a campaign in partnership with the USDA Forest Service to prepare communities for wildfire situations in an effort to reduce risk and improve response capability.
In a press release, the IAFC announced their Ready, Set, Go! Program, which helps communities create action plans for wildfires, teaches them how to be situationally aware and helps them act quickly in such incidents.
“The IAFC urges localities to develop community wildfire protection plans,” Fire Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC president and chairman of the board, said. “These plans identify and mitigate wildland-fire risks. They also can guide federal hazardous-fuels reduction projects and prioritize federal funding.”
Chief Jenkins testified in front of a Congressional panel in support of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which incentivizes states and communities to make an effort to reduce disaster risk.
“2017 was a record year in which the federal government spent $2.9 billion on wildland-fire suppression,” Chief Jenkins testified. “This amount is approximately 84 percent more than the $1.6 billion that was spent in 2008. The nation cannot continue to absorb these growing costs.”
Chief Jenkins added that there are currently “1,803 RSG members in all 50 states.”