South Metro Fire Rescue takes every precaution to help protect you and your property from a wildfire, but we can’t do it alone. We need you to prepare, too. Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property at home and on vacation. Here are some tips you can follow:
Read your workplace and school emergency plans so you know how those organizations will protect your family members in emergencies;
Ensure family members know how to use gas, electric and water shut-off controls;
Plan and practice different escape routes from your neighborhood;
Assemble an emergency supply kit as recommended by the American Red Cross, FEMA or similar organizations;
Create an evacuation plan for your babysitter or children in case such an order occurs when you aren’t home;
Inventory your home so that insurance claims can occur faster
Goats are returning to the community of PineRidge in Castle Pnes to conduct a second year of wildfire mitigation. Read, Set, Goat! Day is June 25th from 9:00-1:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and learn about fire-adapted communities, the Firewise Communities program, and general wildfire preparedness. The herd of 300 goats will retreat 8 acres that were munched last year, and treat 14 more acres of open space. This innovative mitigation project is funded by the PineRidge HOA residents, the City of Castle Pines, and a $1,000 grant South Metro Fire Rescue received from the national Ready, Set, Go!Campaign.
Hidden Village in Parker Earns Firewise Designation
Congratulations to our neighbors in Hidden Village for earning their Firewise Communities status. The crew of Station 43 - Lt. Mark Hamill, Engineer Daryl Troute and Firefighter Scott Russell - joined Risk Reduction Specialist Einar Jensen to present the award on May 22nd. To be Firewise means to invest time and money individually and collectively to reduce the risk of wildfire in a community. They are protecting their families and our firefighters, and ultimately, creating a community that is better adapted to the presence of wildfire. For more information on becoming a Firewise community or learning about our other wildfire mitigation resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org.