Slatemont first earned its FireWise designation from the Virginia Department of Forestry in 2011 and continues to be the only FireWise Community in Floyd county.
There are a number of steps to becoming a FireWise Community.
Step 1- Contact the Virginia Department of Forestry
Becoming recognized as a FireWise Community/USA begins with the community itself.
Step 2 - Site visit
A Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) representative will schedule a visit to evaluate the community.
Step 3 - Form a FireWise Committee
A FireWise committee can include homeowners, fire professionals, and/or members of other interest groups.
Step 4 - Create a Plan
Upon completion of the FireWise assessment it is used as the basis for creating a plan that contains agree-upon, area-specific solutions to its wildfire issues. Full development of the FireWise plan may take several months.
Step 5 - Sponsor an Event
A FireWise Day must be held each year to maintain recognition status. FireWise Days can include chipping days, public awareness events, brush cleaning or other activities.
Step 6 - Invest a Minimum of $2 per Capita
For example, in a community of 100 residents, $200 will be invested in projects named in the plan prepared by the FireWise Committee. Volunteer hours and use of equipment can be included in this figure.
Step 7 - Recognition
FireWise Communities/USA recognition status is achieved when the VDOF receives the community's completed FireWise plan, and after the community has completed one FireWise project.
Step 8 - Renewing your Recognition Status
Recognition renewal is completed by December 31st each year by filling out a very short form.
For more information on becoming a FireWise community, please visit the Virginia Department of Forestry website at www.dof.virginia.gov or print the following .pdf document.