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 or print the following .pdf document.

FireWise Community

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.