VAIL, Colorado - Local fire agencies throughout Eagle County have joined together to launch a new program to share critical information on how best to prepare and protect private property in neighborhoods at risk for wildfire.- A series of community preparedness meetings have been scheduled throughout July to introduce the "Ready, Set, Go!" initiative, a national program developed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The first session will be hosted by Vail Fire and Emergency Services and will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the West Vail Fire Station.
Fire Chief Mark Miller says the meeting will provide information on defensible space, ember awareness, evacuation kits and evacuation plans, wildland vehicles and response, along with other steps that are outlined in the comprehensive Firewise program at www.firewise.org. The session is free and community members from throughout Eagle County are welcome to attend. To R.S.V.P., call Miller at 970-479-2250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other preparedness meetings will be scheduled in Gypsum and Eagle with dates to be determined. In addition to Vail Fire, other sponsors include Eagle County, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Colorado State University Extension Office and SteamMaster.
For additional information on preparedness programs, call Miller at 970-479-2250 or Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation Manager Eric Lovgren at 328-8742.