For their efforts to improve their community's survival in the event of a wildfire, the East Verde Park Subdivision becomes the fourth community in Gila County and the 15th community statewide to receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition. Scott Hunt, Phoenix District Forester, and Lee Ann Beery from the Arizona State Land Department, presented the award to the homeowners and Firewise board at a recent potluck dinner.
"The East Verde Park community has put a lot of hard work into this project. It is wonderful to see them receive national recognition for their efforts," said Lee Ann Beery, Forester with the Arizona State Land Department.
Payson Fire Chief Martin deMasi said, "This is great program because it is neighborhood-driven. This is a program wherein the residents take direct action to make their homes and their community safer. The residents of East Verde Park have long been concerned with the threat of wildland fires and this program is a positive step forward toward reducing that threat. We hope to see many more neighborhoods participate in the Firewise Communities USA program in the future."
Firewise Communities/USA is a part of the National Firewise Communities Program, an interagency program designed to encourage local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.
For more information on Firewise principles or how your community can receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition, visit www.firewise.org or www. paysonfire.com.