From the Austin Fire Department:
The Austin Fire Department’s Wildfire Division was recognized earlier this month at the International Wildland Urban Interface Conference with two national awards: the Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership Award and the “Ready, Set, Go!” Innovation Award.
The Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding member of the fire service who has a bias for action to develop, advocate, and implement successful proactive wildfire mitigation and prevention programs in their community. Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts, the Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership award is one of three Wildfire Mitigation Awards, the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire mitigation.
The RSG Innovation Award was presented to AFD for its strong supporter of RSG, including the recommendation of the program as the primary resource to be used towards mitigation goals in the Austin/Travis County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The AFD Wildfire Division hosted their annual Wildfire Readiness event with 46 participating stations, and worked to create a day for community-wide mitigation and home hardening using information outlined in the RSG National Action Guide. The Wildfire Division also installed National Fire Danger Rating Signs (NFDRS) at all 46 stations to ensure personnel and community members maintain situational awareness. In short, AFD’s Wildfire Division’s efforts are overarching and fully encompassing in prevention and mitigation efforts against wildland fires.
The Austin Fire Department was founded on September 25, 1857 and is now one of the 20 largest departments in the country, with 45 fire stations located throughout the city and more than 1,100 employees.