Oak Shores recognized as the county’s first ‘Firewise’ community

Oak Shores Firewise San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham and CalFire Chief Robert Lewin met residents of the Oak Shores Community Association on Dec. 20 to congratulate them for becoming the first FIREWISE Community in the county. Oak Shores president Randy Gillenwater was on hand for the honors.

The National Fire Protection Association Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is part of a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.

NFPA is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards.

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