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Free fire safe training scheduled for this month

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) is offering a free, two-day training session for its Defensible Space Advisor Program, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 30-31.

The first day of the session is classroom-style learning with various instructors. No previous experience is necessary, and the public is invited to learn more about fire safety in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Students will learn about implementing defensible space, vegetation models in our area, wildfire behavior, forest health, Firewise landscaping techniques, homeowner’s insurance issues, emergency notifications, planning for evacuation and establishing Firewise Communities/USA.

Featured speakers include Jeff Dunning with Allstate Insurance, Lynn Lorenson with UC Master Gardeners, retired Fire Chief David Ray, Dennis Cassella, retired Emergency Services Director and Chief Adolph Zubia with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. The multimedia presentations include a dramatic short film of the evacuation of the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire.

The second day of the training session applies the classroom learning in a field environment, where instructors will make specific recommendations on how to best mitigate wildfire for defensible space and forest health.

People who sign up for a free Defensible Space Advisory Visit at their home during the months of October and November will receive a free 2014 Firewise Calendar.

The calendar features Firewise Communities’ activities, including a photograph from the annual education day event at Lake of the Pines, with the Higgins Fire Protection District giving a fire extinguisher demonstration.

To enroll in the class or request a visit at your home, contact the FSCNC at (530) 272-1122.