Programs

The VRFSC is at a tipping point in its history and experiencing accelerated growth. In 2019, after almost ten years, the VRFSC went from an all-volunteer organization to paid staff and opened its first physical office space. More importantly, we continue to implement the following complex, multi-year, multi-partner countywide wildfire prevention programs.

Chipper Days:  Vegetation management programs to reduce the flammable fuel load and increase weed abatement activities in communities that border the wildland-urban interface threat zones.

 

Incident Safety Awareness Course For Hired Vendors: Facilitates the eight-hour workshop for hired vendors (water tender operators, heavy equipment operators, crew bus drivers, and chain saw operators, etc.) who contract with CAL-Fire during a wildfire incident. The course is State Certified and is required by Cal-Fire and the U.S. Forest Service to be able to work on a wildfire event.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans: The Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council is drafting localized Community Wildfire Protection Plans with key partners with the overall goal to improve wildfire safety throughout Ventura County. We are working to elevate the voices of our communities to create more inclusive, community-driven plans. These plans prioritize needed projects and may help access grant funding for future projects and programs. Our organization is taking a unique approach to the process by utilizing smaller, localized plans, to influence the Ventura Countywide plan, ensuring the voices of communities are included throughout the process.

If you would like to assist in the process, please review the plan for your community and submit your comment through the survey link.

Ranch Plan Program equips firefighting personnel with critical information about local ranches and farms (aerial map identifying roads, water sources, utilities, residences, outbuildings, and evacuation routes, etc.) which is critical during a wildfire event.

This program is currently being redesigned. Please check back for further updates.

Home Hardneing/Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) Assessments: Individualized HIZ Assessments to homeowners and others, assisting them to identify specific projects and tasks to increase the potential to survive a wildfire.

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