The Bellefontaine Fire Department received a $500 grant for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2016. The grant, from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm, will be used for wildland and rural fire education in Logan County.
Although Ohio is not typically thought of as a state with a “wildfire problem,” the Buckeye State does see an average of 5,443 wildfires every year. Logan County has 48 brush, grass and field fires in an average year. While Logan County’s wildfires may not be as big as those that occur out west, each one carries the potential for injuries and fatalities, as well as lost and damaged property.
Every wildfire in Logan County is human-caused, either through carelessness or arson. In nearly every case, these fires are preventable. The funding from this grant will be used to educate county residents about their wildfire risk, the importance of prevention, and measures that can be taken around the home to limit wildfire damage.
Bellefontaine Fire Department’s proposal was one of 125 selected for funding nationwide and is the only project funded in Ohio for 2016.
Submitted by the Bellefontaine Fire Department.