Nevada County Fire Safe Council’s 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Last August, radio station KVMR and the Council partnered to hold a fire safety event at the radio station’s new headquarters in Nevada City, Californai.
Do it successfully once, why not try it again, except open and expand it to the whole community?
Well, those just might be the questions swirling inside the head of KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcaster Larry Hillberg, who is putting together a live remote broadcast of the Nevada County Fire Safe Council’s 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day this Saturday for five hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
Says Mr. Hillberg, a Colfax resident, “We want to do something for the community that’s totally relevant. Believe me, folks, this is it.”
“Last year’s Lowell Fire was a major wake-up call and we want nothing like that this time around,” explains KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. “So we want to reach our largest radio audience, Saturday mornings, and provide them with inside information only early this time, when you can make a major difference.”
Back last August, KVMR and the Council partnered to hold a fire safety event at the radio station’s new headquarters in Nevada City, albeit as an early fire season had already paid its consequences.
This year, all the action has moved to the Sierra College Campus Public Safety Training Center at 213 Sierra College Boulevard near parking lot 6 for the free educational day of emergency preparedness, firefighting capabilities, family activities and “ways to keep your home, family, pets and business fire-safe,” according to KVMR’s Hillberg.
It takes place Saturday, 7 May, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
KVMR is setting up technology to allow those who cannot attend to be able to call in with questions through the station’s main studio at 530/265-9555.
“Our goal is total community involvement,” beamed Mr. Hillberg, host of the station’s popular Saturday morning Backroads program (7-10 a.m., 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming). “With this phone set-up, as we say, you don’t have to be there to be there.”
KVMR’s familiar Saturday blend of folk, bluegrass, Americana and country music will buffer a series of fire-related interviews so music lovers “won’t be ignored, just charmed and informed,” according to Baker.
Among the on-air guests is Preparedness Day organizer Joanne Drummond from the Fire Safe Council. She’ll talk about wildfire danger, evacuation planning, air ambulance services, proper house signage and defensible space about 9:30 a.m.
At 10:45 a.m., Pat Ehlers is scheduled to talk about animal evacuation, while Tahoe National Forest representative Karen Hayden will be interviewed at 11:15 a.m.
Entomologist Danny Cluck from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service talks about his agency’s role at 11:45 a.m., while Cal Fire unit chief George Morris III discusses state responses to fires at 12:15 p.m., followed by members of the Sierra College Fire Academy and insurance representatives discussing how companies review fire danger for rural homes.
Pascale Fusshoeller from YubaNet.com will also be on hand to discuss her website’s role in letting regional residents know about fire conditions and blaze updates.
Plus they say |”Ray-Ray The Clown” will be there to entertain children, but he’s not currently on KVMR’s interview list.
Okay, a free barbecue lunch is included for those attending, in case fire information whets your appetite.
Plan to attend, call in or tune in.
Hillberg says, “You could say it’s a real Firepalooza…”