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Fire-Safe Home Assessment Training, October 19
October 17, 2013 - By Beth Burnam, Ryan Ulyate, Becca Barkin
The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) is offering a training class for its successful Home Ignition Zone Assessment program to train more assessors. Last summer the NTCFSC had its first training class, where the group spent the summer refining the program and now has a working program and half a dozen trained assessors who have completed approximately 20 assessments.
Demand for assessments exceeds the capacity of our trained assessors, so we are very excited to offer this class to train more assessors, said Co-President of NTCFSC Beth Burnam. The program uses teams of two trained assessors to engage in on-site conversations with property owners about what they can do to make their home less fire-prone in a wildfire event.
Making our homes less vulnerable to ignition is one of the most important things we can do to mitigate the effect of wildfire. These assessments have been shown to make a real difference in the wildfire preparedness and the safety of communities, Burnam said.
The class takes place on Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to around 1 p.m. To sign up, e-mail NTCFSC at email@example.com. If you are interested but not available for this class, you can add your name to a waiting list, as the group will likely have additional training classes in the future. For more information: ntcfsc.org.
NTCFSC is scheduling assessments every week for residents to make appointments to have their property visited by a team of assessors. One testimonial from a Topangan says: Thank you so much for the home fire assessment. I learned a great deal, and will start to implement the ideas soon. Please send my thanks to your entire team. This is a terrific service, and I was thrilled to participate.
Together we can make Topanga a more fire-adapted community, Burnam said.