Scottsdale Diamond Estates community earns Firewise honor

Desert Diamond Estates recently completed the requirements to be designated a Firewise Community through the National Fire Protection Association.

Representatives from Scottsdale Fire Department and the Arizona State Forestry Department are to bestow the “Firewise/Communities USA” recognition at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, at the community’s east gate (114th Street, just south of Dynamite).

While there are many communities in Scottsdale working toward the designation, Desert Diamond is only the second to earn the title in the city, just behind Ancala West, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford.

NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.  Through the program, the communities identify and address their specific wildfire safety needs.

“We support participation in this program because it helps us reduce wildfire risk to homes and the many natural area open spaces– including the beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” stated SFD Fire Chief Tom Shannon, in a press release. “This collaborative approach is important to protecting Scottsdale.”

The program is co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

The national Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program rolled out in Fall 2002. Today, the program has more than 700 active communities in 40 states, the release stated.

This voluntary program has documented more than $76 million dollars’ worth of local wildfire safety actions in communities since 2003.

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