Every day firefighters put their lives on the line to save people and property. We would like to thank them for the valuable service they provide, and let them know that we are very aware of the significant positive impact they have on our community. Firefighters that stand at the ready to protect us and the places where we live, work and play make an incredible difference in our lives. With a professionally-manned fire station located on property, as well as being a FireWise-certified community, we have taken steps in reducing our wildfire risk.
The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program is a growing network of more than 1,028 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire. Because of its location within the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the world, the Forest Highlands community has been proactive in its efforts to protect itself. The Forest Highlands Home Owner Association has implemented numerous strategies, and the community has become one of the first four Firewise Communities in Arizona. Being Firewise means your neighborhood has made great strides to lower its wildfire risk.
The program goal is to reduce the loss to wild land fire by building and maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings. One of the most important things Firewise Communities/USA participants learn is neighbors can help neighbors, often meeting one another for the first time, they build a stronger bond with each other. This strengthening of community ties can benefit residents in many ways, and is especially helpful during an emergency. Having a plan for what to do in the event of a fire helps people become calmer and more prepared to act quickly.
Forest Highlands truly embodies the spirit and intent of the Firewise Communities program.
The Board of Directors and the Firewise, Security, Public Works and Design Review Committees have led this effort.
Thanks to the fireman efforts and proactive thinking of our beautiful community we are safe. By working together, we can make a difference. Learn more about how to keep your family safe and reduce your home’s risk for wildfire damage at www.firewise.org.