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From left to right: Alex Vivona representing Councilman Mark Kersey; Emily Hearton & Francine Maigue representing Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez; Sheryl Landrum, District Manager of the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, Bob Buerer from the Potrero/Tecate Fire Safe Council; Ron Richards accepting on behalf of Dick Dupree of the Pine Valley Fire Safe Council, Jessie Gates accepting on behalf of Karen Herreros of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council; Karen Heath & Donna Lorenz from the Stone Ridge Fire Safe Council at Warner Springs; Kathleen Edwards; Don Butz, Fire Safe Council President and Viejas Fire Chief; and Harold Meza representing Supervisor Dave Roberts (courtesy photo)

Community Wildfire Prevention Efforts Honored

fire_safe_councilSan Diego County CA— The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County honored local fire safe council volunteers for exceptional service to their communities in the area of wildfire prevention at the 10th Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon held on June 19, 2015.

Representatives from Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, CAL FIRE and the San Diego County Fire Authority were keynote speakers at the event. In addition, San Diego legislators representing the City Council, Board of Supervisors, State Assembly, and State Senate were in attendance to honor these volunteers with certificates of recognition. Fire Safe Council President and Viejas Fire Chief, Don Butz, presented the 2015 awards to:

 

Volunteer of the Year:
Karen Herreros
Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council
Fire Safe Council of the Year:
Stone Ridge Fire Safe Council
at Warner Springs Estates

Fire Safe Council Project of the Year:
Chipping Project
Potrero / Tecate Fire Safe Council

Outstanding Leadership Award:
Dick Dupree
Pine Valley Fire Safe Council

Special Recognition:
Kathleen Edwards
In grateful appreciation for her years of
service and dedication

Partner Award:
John “JP” Harris
In recognition of his contribution to educating San
Diego County residents about wildfire preparedness

Run entirely by volunteers, fire safe councils work closely with agency representatives to identify risks and carry out projects to address those risks. “Community fire safe councils and the volunteers who run them provide a key link between the efforts of local, state, tribal, and federal agencies and the wildfire prevention needs of individual communities,” said Sheryl Landrum, Executive Director of the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County. “They are a vital piece of San Diego’s wildfire prevention efforts and our neighborhood watch for keeping San Diego fire safe.”

Notes:

  1. San Diego County has 35 active community fire safe councils – more than any other county in California. They are assisted by the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County administers all fire safe programs in partnership with the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County.
  2. The mission of the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County is to provide education, enhance information, and foster fire prevention and fire safety within the County of San Diego. Learn more at www.firesafesdcounty.org.
  3. The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County aims to protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through education, information, and technical assistance programs. Learn more at rcdsandiego.org
  4. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.