Friday October 12, 2018 Chester Fire Department received an email saying our application for a Firewise Community had been accepted. Our community signs have been ordered and should arrive shortly. Congratulations Chester. This is not the end of the road but the beginning. There will be updates in the upcoming future as the Chester Firewise community works on plans to help our community become more prepared for wild fire.
The start of our journey was:
Our community Assessment conducted on April 23, 2018. Sue McCourt from OES and Sean Delacourt from Cal Fire assisted Joe Waterman, Chester Fire Department Chief, Sherry Johnston, Firewise Committee Member and Karen Lichti, PIO, Chester Fire Department.
We had a wonderful morning looking at maps of Chester and the surrounding areas, talking about the past fire history of the area and the potential for future wildland fires in the area. Then we took a tour of several homes in Chester to see what the potential fire danger there is to the structures. There was alot to discuss.
With the assessement done, the committee will got together and went over the assessment findings and start formulating a plan of action. Once that was done we set some goals and will start our community outreach and projects. We are also going to be preparing a CWPP. Once that is in place we will be able to apply for grants to help us with our Firewise projects.
The ultimate goal is that the residents of Chester will know the risk of fire danger around their home and know what steps to take and to accomplish those steps to become more fire resistant.
If you would like to be involved please contact the Chester Fire Department at 530 258 3456.
STAY TUNED AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR PROPERTY MORE FIRE RESISTANT!