OSU Extension is pleased to introduce a new program, called the Citizen Fire Academy! The Citizen Fire Academy (CFA) is a collaborative education and service program designed to increase the outreach capacity of fire agencies and ultimately to maintain and enhance fire-adapted communities. The goal is to increase implementation of defensible space and other Firewise practices and build human capacity to deal with wildfire through education and volunteer service.
Contact Kara Baylog about 2016 training. CFA training will be held in SW Oregon this year. Kara.Baylog@oregonstate.edu or phone 541-776-7371.
Are you interested in learning how you and your community can prepare for fire? Do you want to know how wildfires work and how you can give your home and property the best chance to survive it? Citizen Fire Academy is the program for you. Join us in this education and service program that will give you the tools you need and teach you about who to turn to when wildfire comes. Coursework consists of online modules that can be done at your own pace, in the comfort of your home, and interactive field tours help you solidify the concepts and strategies you learn about online.
CFA starts with an introductory session, held June 1st, 2:30 pm at 215 Ringuette Street, Grants Pass for Douglas & Josephine county residents and June 3rd, 5:00 pm at 569 Hanley Rd., Central Point for Jackson & Klamath county residents. The Introductory Session is a meet and greet with your fellow CFA participants and local instructors, and a tutorial on how to use the online Canvas coursework. Laptops will be available for participants who do not wish to bring their own, but bringing your own laptop is recommended!
Register for Citizen Fire Academy by May 20th at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1014
For more information on the CFA Schedule, take a look at the brochure.
CFA’s ultimate vision is to promote, maintain, and enhance fire-adapted communities where residents and landowners know how to prepare for and safely react to wildfire.
WILDFIRE INFORMATION RESOURCES
OSU CFA PowerPoint presentation
In order to actualize this vision, the Citizen Fire Academy trains volunteers to support and expand natural resource agencies with community outreach and engagement activities related to wildfire prevention and safety. The development and delivery of the CFA educates and mobilizes citizen volunteers; increases agency outreach capacity in ways that help to create, maintain, and increases fire-adapted/Firewise communities across the state.
The comprehensive CFA curriculum covers fire science, home protection strategies, fuels reduction, living in a fire environment, evaluating risk, emergency planning, and volunteer outreach. The training will includes 35 hours of online and field-based instruction, taught by subject experts and tailored to local conditions.
We would love for you to be a part of the growing movement to keep Oregon and Oregonians safe from catastrophic wildfire! If you are interested in being a part of this innovative new program, please contact the Citizen Fire Academy Coordinator for more details.
Course is open to Jackson, Josephine, Douglas & Klamath County residents
Kara Baylog, Citizen Fire Academy state-wide Coordinator
Kara.Baylog@oregonstate.edu 541.776.7371 x213
ODF Southwest Oregon District fire information:
Reducing Hazardous Fuels on Woodland Properties
Wildland-Urban Fire, A Different Approach-Jack D. Cohen
Firewise Construction& Landscape Checklist Central Oregon Firewise website