2008 Firewise Leadership Awards: Call for Nominations

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Awards promote local, regional, state efforts to reduce wildfire risk

The national Firewise Communities Program is calling for nominations for its third annual awards program to recognize outstanding efforts to promote a cooperative approach to reducing the loss of lives, property, and resources in the wildland/urban interface. The Firewise Leadership Awards are open to individuals and organizations conducting wildland fire mitigation activities in residential developments in the wildland/urban interface.

Eligible Firewise efforts may include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovations in engineering

  • Program communications, advertising, exhibits, and/or other informational programs

  • Success in involving communities

  • Collaboration across agency jurisdictions

  • Special partnerships

Beyond recognition, the Firewise Leadership Awards program helps program administrators capture success stories and share best practices across the country, between all types of interests – public, private, and tribal. The Firewise Leadership Awards are open to a maximum of the following every year:

  • Two Regional Level Awards – Impact in more than one state

  • Three State Level Awards – State level impact, with relevance in a majority of the state, measured by land or population

  • Three Local Level Awards – City/municipal, county, or regional impact within a single state

The 2008 Firewise Leadership Awards winners will be announced in November at the bi-annual National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Education Conference, "Backyards and Beyond," in Tampa, Florida. All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2008. Visit www.firewise.org/awards for entry guidelines and forms. E-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The national Firewise Communities program is an interagency program designed to encourage local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. For more information, visit www.firewise.org.

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