McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 17, 2013

Are you concerned about brush, grass or forest fires where you live?

Submitted report

McALESTER — McAlester Fire Fighters want you to be Firewise. Recently, Jeff Nave and Cody Enloe passed out brochures about the Firewise Communities USA Recognition program for the McAlester Fire Department that promotes neighbors working together to prevent and protect their communities from wildland fires.

The program teaches that recognizing the problem and knowing how to protect our families, home, property and neighborhoods before a fire happens, are the first steps to successfully becoming truly “firewise.”

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA's Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages people to work together and take action now to prevent losses.

McAlester Fire Chief Brett Brewer; along with Larry Morgan, KEDDO, Rural Fire Coordinator; have been instrumental in obtaining a grant from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry in an effort to make McAlester a Firewise Community.

“We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire,” Brewer said.

The grant money will be used to implement a “FireWise” plan for our community. The plan will include information on how to educate the community on the things that can be done to protect our community from being venerable to the destruction of wildfires.