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2014

October

  • October 20, 2014

    The EMS Awards program recognizes and honors organizations and/or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions, or programs in emergency medical service for wildland firefighters. Submit your nominations before November 15th, 2014. 

September

  • September 23, 2014

    The International Association of Fire ChiefsNational Association of State Foresters, and National Fire Protection Association are excited to announce the inaugural 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. 

    The national awards will recognize outstanding service in wildfire-mitigation efforts and activities to increase public recognition and awareness of the need for continuing mitigation. 

    In response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire-mitigation program efforts, the awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in the wildfire-mitigation. 

    The 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awards will be presented in March 2015 at the Wildland Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada. 

    We are grateful for the collaboration with our partners in launching this exciting new award. Check back on the NASF Blog for nomination information. 

    Learn more about award criteria and get started by completing a nomination form. 

  • September 22, 2014

    Do you know an RSG member who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in wildland fire preparedness through use of the program? If so, please consider nominating them for the 2015 RSG! Program Awards. 

    These awards recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements of fire departments and individual fire service members associated with implementing and maintaining a successful Ready, Set, Go! Program in their community. There are three categories with four winners, who will be announced in February. The award categories consist of:

    • Fire Department Award of Excellence
    • Innovation Award
    • Leadership Award (Career and Volunteer Departments)

    Winners will be presented their awards at the 2015 Wildland Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada. 

    We encourage you to apply or nominate a member today! To learn more about the awards, and previous winners, please visit the RSG Website.

    Please review our Eligibility Criteria and submit an application today!

  • September 17, 2014

    The Ready, Set, Go! Program, with the help of Austin Fire Department, successfully launched their new Spanish-Language Toolkit, complete with a media advisory template, outreach to civic group template, National Action Guide, PowerPoint template, and presentation audience feedback form. The nationwide release of Spanish-language RSG resources is made possible with the dedication of the Austin, San Diego, and Santa Fe Fire Departments as well as the Florida Forest Service. Visit www.wildlandfirersg.orgto view these resources and learn more!

August

February

  • February 7, 2014

    Recognizing Outstanding Efforts: Ready, Set, Go! Program Awards

    This March marks the program's third anniversary. Since its inception, the RSG! Program has grown to nearly 1,000 members; many of these members have achieved great local success. The RSG! Program awards recognize the exceptional efforts and achievements of fire departments and individual fire service members associated with implementing and maintaining a successful RSG! Program in their community. We're pleased to announce the award's inaugural winners.

    The RSG Fire Department Award for Excellence:

    • Paid Department: Colorado Springs Fire Department – Wildfire Mitigation Administrator Christina Randall
    • Volunteer Department: Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company – N.J. Forest Fire Warden & Trustee John Cowie

    The RSG Innovation Award:

    • Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Resource Protection – Wildland-Urban Interface Staff Forester III Nick Harrison

    The RSG Leadership Award:

    • Ventura County Fire Department – Public Information Officer Bill Nash

    These award winners have truly embodied the program by improving dialogue about wildland-fire preparedness between fire departments and the residents they serve. The winners have incorporated the RSG! Program into their prefire mitigation and preparedness outreach and have demonstrated innovation in expanding the program to neighboring emergency service groups.

    The awards will be presented to the winners at the International Association of Fire Chief's Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Conference in Reno, Nev., on March 17.

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2013

June

2012

October

  • October 18, 2012

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety still have grants available for member departments of the Ready, Set, Go! Program. The grant funding can assist departments in providing wildland fire preparedness education within their communities.

  • October 4, 2012

    Executive Director of the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, Elizabeth Pickett promotes the catchy yet meaningful phrase, Ready, Set, Go! Fire Prevention Week is the “perfect time for parents and teachers to review fire safety in the home and for residents to check their homes for any potential fire hazards.” Providing a variety of preparation tips, she indicates that losing your home to wildland fire is not inevitable.

August

  • August 31, 2012

    A report from the Texas Forest Service indicates that “45% of Austin’s population now lives in the wildland urban interface.” Members of Austin Fire Department (AFD) and other city departments reached out to and educated over 40,000 residents using a localized Ready, Set, Go! Program. Bob Nicks, a veteran of AFD and President of the Austin Firefighters Association maintains contact with the City Council urging them to make fuel load management and development of a Wildfire Division within AFD a priority.

  • August 24, 2012

    Texas was selected to assist in the development of a program called “Ready, Set, Go!” as a tool fire departments can use to educate residents on wildfire preparation and personal action. “Bruce Woods, prevention and mitigation department head for the Texas Forest Service, hopes the use of programs continues to grow to allow Texans to be as prepared as possible…”

July

  • July 17, 2012

    Eagle Town Board Trustee Brandi Resa blogs about her week’s activities including mention of a fresh, timely program presented to the Town Board called Ready, Set, Go! She credits this type of program as one reason residents enjoy such a high quality of life.

  • July 5, 2012

    Federal level support of the western wildland fires is abundant. A cohesive strategy has been developed and focuses on restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes, creating fire-adaptive communities and responding to wildland fires.

  • July 3, 2012

    West Vail fire station held a successful Ready, Set, Go! event. Residents learned a wide variety of information from wildland fire behavior to preparation and evacuation tips. Firefighters explained the workings of their wildland and in-town plans, gave residents examples of their personal evacuation plans and informed them of notification systems.

  • July 3, 2012

    Eagle County presented a series of Ready, Set, Go! workshops with help from representatives of U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service and the insurance industry who interacted with homeowners. The series provided residents with education about defensible space, the Firewise program, evacuation planning and like wildland fire tips and processes. There are a number of ways to reach out to communities; a local volunteer department presented wildland fire preparedness information to a group of fifty during a pancake breakfast.

June

  • June 30, 2012

    “On average, the USDA Forest Service and the Department of the Interior bureaus respond to about 16,500 wildfires per year....and assist state and local agencies in responding to a significant number of the approximately 60,000 wildfires per year that occur on land under their jurisdiction.” Requests to address the severity of wildland fire activity have come from the federal level in an effort to support firefighters, first responders and families. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urges citizens to take a few easy steps toward prevention and preparedness.

  • June 29, 2012

    Vail Fire and Emergency Services schedule a Ready, Set, Go! event to encourage use of the RSG tools in preparation for wildland fires. Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller uses video as a venue to reach out to residents.

May

  • May 11, 2012

    The Ventura County Fire Department reminds residents that now is the time to prepare for wildfires before the hot, dry, windy weather starts. The Ventura County Fire Department has Ready, Set, Go! preparedness publications for homeowners, the agricultural community and trail users available at all of its fire stations. Publications can also be viewed or downloaded at www.vcreadysetgo.org.

February

  • February 15, 2012

    “We want people to do some control burning on a small scale,” he said. “We're not talking about setting 30 or 40 acres on fire unless you're prepared, follow guidelines and contact the local fire department – we're talking about a small control burn around a subdivision or a home. Now that we're getting moisture, now is the time.”

  • February 11, 2012

    The International Fire Chief’s Association, the National Park Service and the Texas Forest Service created the program to help homeowners learn more about wildfires and how they can protect and evacuate their homes should a fire break out. Last year, wildfires burned nearly 4 million acres statewide and cost firefighters about $295 million to battle, according to Texas Forest Service.

  • February 3, 2012

    Randall County Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Amerson announced the start of a fire-protection initiative Thursday called “Ready, Set, Go!” Each word in the program’s title refers to a set of specific steps homeowners are advised to take to protect themselves and their homes from wildfires, he said.

  • February 3, 2012

    "We will show you how to create a defensible space around your home by cleaning brush away, how to use fire resistant landscaping and utilize fire safe construction measure when possible," said Randall County Fire Chief, James Amerson.

  • February 3, 2012

    Most of us cannot imagine losing our homes in a wildfire but that was the reality for thousands of Texans last year and it could happen again.
    In these dry conditions, firefighters say a person's home could go up in flames in a matter of minutes, so the Randall County fire department is offering a Ready, Set, Go! Program.

2011

November

  • November 21, 2011

    The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety will provide grants of approximately $500 to $1,000 for Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) homeowner protection programs for small and rural volunteer fire departments. Designed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the program provides rural and small volunteer departments with materials that will help guide community members in protecting themselves and their homes from wildfires.

  • November 20, 2011

    There are many things that homeowners can do to help themselves and their neighbors. To address some of the issues that have come to the forefront since the fires, particularly those of property and personal safety, the Legend Oaks subdivision will be hosting the Austin Fire Department as they present the “Ready, Set, Go!” Firewise program to residents in the community.

October

  • October 20, 2011

    Krelnikov kicked off the evening by showing County Fire's video "Ready, Set, Go!" He urged everyone to create defensible space around their homes and shared five checklists for residents to create disaster plans. The chief warned against becoming too complacent. With the weather we have had recently, he said, fuel moistures are up. "We probably won't have a fire season until November or later. However," he noted, "when the Santa Anas hit, we can be bone dry within two weeks."

  • October 15, 2011

    An article in the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas's publication, Texas Firemen, (Vol. 46, Oct 2011), highlighting the RSG Program and its work in Texas. The full magazine edition can be read from the SFFMA newsletter page. 

September

August

  • August 12, 2011

    Jacobs is the prevention and mitigation supervisor for the Columbus Fire Rescue. As part of his job, he’s spreading the word on a newly developed program called Ready, Set, Go! The program is especially relevant to homeowners in rural or wildland-urban interface areas who could be affected by wildland fires.

  • August 1, 2011

    IAFC On Scene - With recent major wildland fires in the American South, Southwest and Mountain states, fire life-safety education officers can play an increasingly important role in the fire service.  The RSG Program helps with this effort. 

June

  • June 30, 2011

    East Texas property owners who have been affected by recent wildfires are invited to a workshop to learn how to restore their land in the aftermath of a disaster.

    "Because we live in a fire-dependant ecosystem, fire will always be in the picture,” she said. “We’ll be talking about the new Ready, Set, Go! Program and replanting, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be offering their assistance.”

  • June 29, 2011

    Participants in the meeting received "Ready, Set, Go!" brochures containing information about wildfire, creating defensible space around home and other structures, "hardening" structures for fire protection, family management and numerous checklists of essential steps to take in a wildfire situation.

  • June 24, 2011

    Recently, the International Association of Fire Chiefs launched a program called “Ready, Set, Go!” This program leverages programs such as firewise and other preparedness and awareness activities to increase both public and first responder safety. The Ready, Set, Go! Program allows home owners to create their own action plan of getting their property and families prepared long before a fire or other disaster scenario is upon them.

  • June 23, 2011

    Texas Forest Service urban wildland interface specialists will unveil the Ready! Set! Go! Personal wildfire action plan at the town meetings. This information could save your life. It is EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY to help prevent wildfires.

  • June 19, 2011

    "The whole idea of today's event is to make sure people understand what they need to do to prepare for an emergency and when an emergency is declared, how they can safely evacuate," said Bill Nash, public information officer, Ventura County Fire Department.

    In the Fire Department's Ready, Set, Go! Program, Nash said "Set" means to gather that material, and "Go" means to go early before firefighters are trying to get into the area.

  • June 17, 2011

    On the heels of heavy rainfall early this year, there is plenty of vegetation to fuel a wild land fire in Southern California. We've already had a record number of fires across the state this year."

    'Ready' means go out and prepare your homes for the environment that you live in now," said Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper. "What we want people to do is to do some simple maintenance around their homes. Remove some of the debris on their roofs, look at their ornamental landscaping."

    "Set" means have your business and personal things in order. So if the call goes out to evacuate in the event of a fire you are set to "go," which means go immediately.

  • June 8, 2011

    Wet weather has spurred huge growth in vegetation along hillsides. Firefighters warn the summer heat will soon dry it all out, creating a large wildfire potential.

    Salt Lake City Fire Marshal Martha Ellis has helped implement the Ready, Set, Go! Program, aimed at involving residents in wildfire plans before a blaze breaks out. The program educates residents on how to prepare their homes, family, and pets for wildfires.

  • June 6, 2011

    The Chula Vista Fire Department has secured a federal grant to help educate the public about wildfire threats through the Ready, Set, Go! Program.

  • June 5, 2011

    As temperatures rise throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, wildfires and structure fires will likely spike, too, Los Angeles County Fire officials said Friday.

    To combat the threat of summer brush fires, she said, the department is highlighting its “Ready, Set Go!,” plan, which is designed to prepare residents for fire emergencies and to evacuate their homes safely when a blaze spreads.

    “The plan teaches residents how to ready their homes against the threat of fire, how to prepare your family, and how to be prepared to leave early and what to bring with you,” English said.

May

  • May 3, 2011

    When Robbie Boyer Cuts class, his instructors at Sul Ross State University in Alpine are grateful because they know he's out battling the wildfires that have threatened the West Texas towns of Alpine, Marfa, Ft. Davis and Balmorhea.

    Due to the high wildland fire danger Kendall country is facing, Jan Fulkerson, Texas Forest Service Urban Wildland Interface Specialist, will present the "Ready, Set, Go! Program on Monday, May 16, at Kronkosky Place, 17 Old San Antonio Rd. in Boerne, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and from 7:30 to 8:30p.m. at the Boermne fire station, 726 M Maine St. The TFS is also planning two more meetins in Kendall Country.  There is no cost to attend.

April

  • April 26, 2011

    Communities in 252 Texas counties are preparing for the threat of rapidly spreading fires, according to the Texas Forest Service.

    "We keep our crews in the area and cut back on vacation and time off until we get some rain," Hobbs said. "We have a full crew during the week and the weekend. We haven't seen the fires West Texas has, but Walker County is in an extremely threatened area."

    "We have a program called Ready, Set, Go," Hobbs said. "We want residents to be ready for immediate evacuations. They can pack their valuables and collect canned goods so in the case that they need to be evacuated, they can leave immediately. When we say to go, we mean go."

  • April 18, 2011

    Wildfire danger isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so do you know what to do if a wildfire is threatening your community?

    The Texas Forest Service is promoting their Ready, Set, Go Program right now. It goes into detail on how you can create a Wildfire Action Plan.

    You can access the guide at Ready Set Go Plan.

  • April 13, 2011

    From FirefighterNation.com, Fire Rescue Magazine April 2011 - Firefighters remember the fires that impact our departments and serve as guideposts in the development of our own careers in the fire service. Yet, as we all know, the public will soon forget the threats that they’re experiencing today. Development in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) introduces new and existing residents in our communities—many of whom have pre-existing notions of what it means to live in close proximity to forest, brush, grass and wildlands—to the wildland fire threat. The Ready, Set Go! (RSG) program seeks to make them partners in the wildland fire solution.

  • April 7, 2011

    A local fire company president recently shared the results of year-long educational campaign in the township with firefighters from around the nation.

March

February

  • February 15, 2011

    In 2010, the IAFC with other national public-safety organizations raised the Ready, Set, Go! Program to the national stage; over the past year, RSG has worked with nine pilot departments to identify lessons learned from different geographic and demographic areas.

2010

November


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