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October 11, 2012
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Fill the helmet for local fire safety programs

Teams of volunteers will be at local shopping centers in Grass Valley on Saturday with helmets in hand to raise funds for local fire safety programs on behalf of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

Last year, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County implemented close to $500,000 of grant-funded programs for fire safety in the community.

The majority of these funds come from federal grants that require a 20-50 percent cash match of local funds. Grant funds may be in jeopardy if adequate local funds cannot be raised.

“We have over two dozen low-income disabled and seniors waiting for assistance in creating defensible space. We must raise local funds to keep our fire safety programs viable.” said Bill Drown, fundraising chairman. “We need the community to help us help those in need.”

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County helps residents be more fire safe while maintaining wildlife habitat and improving forest health.

Proceeds raised during the campaign will help support the many fire safety programs in the local community, including the chipping program, on-site home advisory visits, children’s programs, community fuel breaks and help for low-income seniors and the disabled.

The Fire Safe Council is a federally registered, 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations received stay in the local community.

With the cuts to state and federal grant programs and higher local matching fund requirements, more community financial support is needed.

Keep an eye out for volunteers with helmets in hand at the Rite Aid and B&C True Value shopping centers in the Brunswick basin and at the Kmart and Raley’s shopping centers in Grass Valley.

Volunteers will distribute education for National Fire Prevention Week focusing on having two ways out of your home in case of emergency.

Firefighting apparatus will be on display to help bring attention to the mission of fire prevention.

For information on emergency preparedness and how to prepare for wildfire, call (530) 272-1122 or visit

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The Union Updated Oct 11, 2012 10:20AM Published Oct 12, 2012 10:43AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.