The Deer Springs Fire Safe Council has been honored with a 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Innovation Award given by the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee in recognition of the council’s dedication to fire safety and wildfire education.
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is sponsored by four prominent fire safety groups —the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the US Forest Service, the National Fire Protection Association, and the National Association of State Foresters.
Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire preparedness and mitigation, according to the awards committee.
“State Foresters are proud to honor the efforts of citizens working on the ground to mitigate the threat of wildfire,” said Paul DeLong, president of the National Association of State Foresters and a Wisconsin state forester. “These outstanding mitigation efforts are helping keep America’s communities safe. In 2015 more than 10 million acres of land were burned by wildfire. As more people build homes and recreate in forested areas, State Foresters partner with agencies, communities, and homeowners to create fire adaptive communities that are better able to withstand this increasing threat.”
The award was given to the Deer Springs Fire Safe Council at a meeting of the Deer Springs Fire Protection District Board on March 9 at the district fire station on Circle R Drive, Escondido.
Deer Springs Fire Marshal Sid Morel gave the award on behalf of the Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee.
“I became the Fire Marshal at Deer Springs Fire a year ago and I have been extremely impressed with the amount and quality of work the Deer Springs Fire Safe Council provides for this community,” said Morel. “They truly are an asset to the Fire Department and are deserving of this national award for excellence in Wildland Fire Mitigation.”
“It is a true honor for the Deer Springs