Coalition of Firewise Communities 

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 4, 5:30pm

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October Agenda :

  • Celebrating our 5-Year Anniversary - a brief pictorial history of how we got here - Susan Rogers, Coalition Steering Committee
  • Partner Reports                                                                        
    • Cal Fire, Jim Mathias or Matt Wallen
    • Nevada County Consolidated Fire, Patrick Mason
    • NC Office of Emergency Services, Paul Cummings
    • NC Office of Emergency Services, Alessandra Zambrano
    • Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Pat Leach
  • Resource of the Month - Susan Rogers, Coalition Steering Committee
  • Draft: a new County Ordinance covering Undeveloped Parcels
    • speaker TBD, Office of Emergency Services

Who's Who of Frequent Coalition Speakers and Presenters
(see Acronym Key below this list)

  • Patrick Mason,  Fire Marshal, NC Consolidated Fire District
  • Jim Mathias, Division Chief North Operations, Cal Fire
  • Matt Wallen, Battalion Chief, Cal Fire
  • Jamie Jones, Executive Director, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
  • Pat Leach, Firewise Community Coordinator, Fire Safe Council of Nev Co
  • Donn Thane, Board Chair, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
  • Caleb Dardick, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County
  • Paul Cummings, Program Manager, NC Office of Emergency Services (OES)
  • Alexis Keeble-Toll, Senior Admin Analyst, NC OES
  • Lt. Sean Scales, Emergency Operations Coordinator, NCSO, OES
  • Sgt. Ray Kress, Law Enforcement Mutual Aid & SAR Coordinator, NCSO
  • Kristen Cook, Steering Committee, NCCFWC
  • Jeff Peach, Steering Committee, IT guru, NCCFWC
  • Bob Long, Steering Committee, Evacuation Working Group, NCCFWC
  • Christopher Reilly, Evacuation Working Group, NCCFWC
  • Susan Rogers, Steering Committee, Real Estate Working Group, NCCFWC
  • Scott Beesley, Chair, NCCFWC
  • Virginia Gompertz – Steering Committee, Coalition Secretary & Insurance Working Group, NCCFWC

Acronym Key - What does THAT mean?

  • AB38: state law requiring homes for sale to be inspected for defensible space disclosure
  • BLM - Bureau of Land Management
  • CO 2477 (formerly CO 2463) - County Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance (right to extend 100 feet beyond property line & rural road rules 10-10-15)
  • Cal Fire - California State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • DSAV - Defensible Space Advisory Visit (free, from a trained Fire Safe Council volunteer)
  • DSI - Defensible Space Inspector - County employee empowered to enforce codes
  • EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • FWC - Firewise Community
  • FSC - Fire Safe Council
  • IC - Incident Commander
  • ICP - Incident Command Post
  • LTO - Licensed Timber Operator
  • NCCFWC - Nevada County Coalition of Firewise Communities
  • NCSO - Nevada County Sheriff's Office
  • OES - Office of Emergency Services, County of Nevada
  • PRC 4291 - Public Resource Code concerning 100ft of Defensible Space around homes
  • RPF - Registered Professional Forester
  • SAR - Search and Rescue (volunteers supporting the NC Sheriff's Office)
  • THP - Timber Harvest Plan