A Firewise Community
The Long Branch Lakes Firewise Committee actively works to reduce the risk of wildfires in our community.
How we got our start as a Firewise Community
In the Summer of 2012 the Long Branch Lakes community residents met with Leon Konz, the area Firewise USA representative to learn about the Firewise program. Shortly after this meeting our Long Branch Lakes Firewise Committee was created.
The committee’s goal was to establish Long Branch Lakes as a Firewise Community and address issues relating to high woodland fire hazard risks in the community and its surrounding area. The Committee developed an Action Plan which included: Completion of Home Assessments, development of a Firewise Library, placement of reflective home number signs.
The Committee completed a community wildfire protection plan and on June 12, 2013 Long Branch Lakes (LBL) community earned national Firewise USA status from the Firewise Communities Program, administered by the National Fire Protection Association.
“Long Branch Lakes has set standards for itself…”
“Long Branch Lakes has set standards for itself in assuming responsibility for addressing potential wildfire safety concerns,” said Rick Merinar, District Forester with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. “We look forward to working with this community as it continues to grow and with other communities that may be interested in the Firewise Communities Program.”
Since 2013 LBL community members have completed thousands of Volunteer/In Kind Hours (hours spent keeping our homes and community safe from fires). Due to the participation in our Firewise (FW) Program we have received several Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Grants for the purpose of purchasing FW equipment.
This equipment assists us with our Firewise efforts and Action Plan projects:
Vegetation Clearing around our homes and throughout the community, Installation of 4 Dry Hydrants, Emergency Management Planning, Education & Training, etc.
Long Branch Lakes is a Firewise Community
On July 10, 2014 James Dale, Assistant District Forester set up a Long Branch Lakes Firewise Training which included the S-190 Course (Basic Concepts of Wildland Fire), Chainsaw & Chipper Training. We attended the classroom portion of the course at Fall Creek Falls Inn and the hands on portion within LBL.
BURN PERMITS: Reminder to everyone that from October 15, 2017 through May 15, 2018 you must get a Burn Permit for any burns you want to have. You can call (931) 946-2401 Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm Central Time for your burn permit or register online at burnsafetn.org any day of the week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Central Time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING FIREWISE USA, go to Firewire USA at firewise.org there you will find lots of helpful information regarding how to keep your home safe such as a “Firewise Guide to Landscaping & Construction” brochure and much more.