New program promotes wildland fire safety

April 6, 2011

Fairfax, VA – A program intended to educate the public on the dangers of wildland fires launched nationally on March 30.

Created by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the U.S. Fire Administration and other partners, the Ready, Set, Go! program offers tools and resources to help local responders educate the public on the best ways to protect themselves and their property against wildland fire threats. The program promotes a three-step process:

Ready – prepare your home. Clear brush away from the home, use fire-resistant landscaping and harden the home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies in a safe spot and create an escape route.
Set – act immediately. Pack your vehicle with emergency items. Stay informed about the latest news and information on the fire from local media and fire departments.
Go – leave early. Follow your personal action plan. This will ensure your safety and allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.