The primary goal of this Community Wildfire Protection Plan is to reduce the risk from wildfire to life, property, and critical infrastructure. The Wildland Urban-Interface, (WUI), is a set of conditions that exist when man-made fuels (e.g. structures and other human development) meets or intermingles with natural vegetative fuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Interior identified a list of communities at risk from wildfire and placed them in the Federal Register. There communities are located in the WUI and are in the vicinity of federal lands and have been identified as being at high risk from wildfire.
The plan will help develop a core group of local government, fire agencies and state officials that will then be able to collaborate with federal agencies to identify areas at risk from wildfire. Programs to reduce these risk will be developed. Possible solutions will include, but will not be limited to, providing fuels reduction programs, field assessment of existing conditions, and collaboration between the different agencies to provide communication that will help reduce the risk from wildfire across the landscape without regard to ownership or boundaries. Identifying and prioritizing areas of hazardous fuels and plan to treat these areas, which will reduce the threat from wildfire. Public education regarding firewise materials and firewise practices to reduce the chance of initial ignition of structures in the WUI will be developed. Firefighter and public safety is a major concern when mitigating for wildfire. By providing adequate survivable space we can reduce a structures chance of initial ignition during a fire event. This also provides a safer environment and allows for more efficient fire suppression activities.
This Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be flexible to provide the best product possible to reduce the threat from wildfire for people residing in Meade County. The hazardous fuels reduction portion of the plan will identify property that is at risk from wildfire and will provide aid in treatment of these areas to make them better prepared to survive a wildfire event. Fuel loads, topography, and survivable space will determine who is eligible to participate in the hazardous fuels reduction program. If the landowner will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the treated area for ten years, the cost share will be increased.
"Hire a Veteran, train a Veteran, and you will help a Veteran on a mission toward a career path."
Veterans Looking for Career Opportunities
"Estimated to be over 850,000 unemployed Veterans in the U.S."
Meade County and the BLM Partner on Veteran Initiative
Meade County's "Veteran in the Woods" initiative is funded by the BLM and falls under Meade County's current Firewise program. The primary goal of this Community Wildfire Protection effort is to reduce the risk from wildfire to life, property, and critical infrastructure.
Veterans are hired and trained to facilitate this effort by working with private landowners on the education and implementation of fire/fuel mitigation efforts. The primary scope of work finds veterans being trained on cutting, thinning, and removing trees on private land.
Veterans are also trained on other job skills with the end goal seeing them find full-time employment in a career field of their choice.
Goals & Objectives
- Offer veterans short-term employment (4-6 months) which leads to full-time career opportunities.
- Train veterans in various skill-sets based on career path.
- Seek community support and involvement for Firewise program.
- Solicit private donations to support program efforts.
- Graduate veterans to full-time employment and repeat the effort with unemployed veterans.
Benefits of Hiring a Veteran
The military trains people to accept and discharge responsibility for other people, for activities, for resources and for one's own behavior. This training includes setting an example, giving carefully considered direction, inspiring leadership capabilities in others and continually motivating others.
Ability to Work as a Team Member and as a Team Leader
Almost all military activity is performed with the assistance, coordination, and awareness of other persons or other units. Many military personnel serve as team leaders where they have analyzed situations and options, made appropriate decisions, given directions, followed through with a viable plan and accepted responsibility for the outcome.
Ability to Work Under Pressure and Meet Deadlines
One characteristic of military service is that service members must perform. They must do their job, do it right the first time and do it in a timely manner. They are continuously setting priorities, meeting schedules and accomplishing their missions.
Ability to Give and Follow Direction
Service members know how to work under supervision and can relate and respond favorably to others. They understand accountability for their actions and for their subordinates' actions. They have learned to respect and accept legitimate authority.
With an honorable discharge, service members are basically certified drug-free.
Many military personnel have achieved some level of security clearance. This clearance can, at least, demonstrate that an individual is recognized as a trustworthy person.
Planning and Organization
Most military operations require thorough planning and workload management. Carefully considered objectives, strengths and limitations of other people, resources, time schedules, supplies, logistics and various other factors are always considered.
Emphasis on Safety
Service members understand the considerable cost in lives, property and objectives when safety is ignored. Both the control and the emphasis on safety are valued in the civilian work force.
Flexibility and Adaptability
Service members have learned to be flexible and can adapt to meet the constantly changing needs of any situation and mission.
Most service members have at least a General Education Development (GED; and the majority of them have high school diplomas. Nearly 30 percent have a college degree; and many have attended college to further their education.
Our Sincerest "Thank You" to Our Generous Donors!
Ernest & Kimberly Rupp - $100