Firewise: Detroit hosts wildfire safety day

May, 2018 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

The city of Detroit is working to retain its Firewise status this month.

“Last year, the cities of Detroit and Idanha became the first Firewise communities in Marion County,” said Andrea Martinez, a firefighter with the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire District. “To maintain Firewise Community status, the cities have to do another annual project.”

Martinez said the city of Idanha has not yet planned the event to renew its status, but Detroit is on round two of its Firewise recognition.

The city of Detroit will host a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on at the old Detroit Elementary School.

“All residents of Detroit will be able to bring woody debris – tree limbs, brush, dead vegetation – to the site to be dropped off,” Martinez said. “The Oregon Department of Forestry and Marion County Medical Reserve Corps will have representatives there with educational materials about wildfire safety to educate homeowners.”

Firewise is a national program managed through the National Fire Protection Association, Martinez said.

“As of 2017, there are over 1,400 Firewise sites throughout the nation,” she added. “It’s intended to be a multi-agency effort that extends past the fire service by involving community leaders, homeowners, planners and others to help protect people, property and natural resources from the risk of wildland fires before a fire starts. It’s a five-step process, where communities develop an action plan and encourage each other to become active participants in building a safer community to live in.”

“After Idanha and Detroit become Firewise communities, we hope other communities in the canyon will also be interested in becoming one,” she said. “It would be very nice to see this program continue down the canyon. If anything, it makes our communities a safer place to live in the case of a wildfire.

“We’ve worked hard to become a Firewise community, and we’ll continue to work hard to maintain it,” Martinez added. For more information on the Firewise program, call Martinez at 503-854-3540.

New credential for city manager

Stayton’s city manager has received the Credential Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.

“The credentialing program is becoming recognized as an important standard for city/county managers,” said Keith Campbell, city manager. “ICMA has programs and trainings that are designated for city managers, which I am excited to explore.”

ICMA’s program recognizes professional local government managers by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

“The program is a peer-reviewed program,” Campbell said. “There are 43 credentialed managers in Oregon of which 29 are active.”

With this designation, Campbell is now one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed by ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program.

ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 10,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

— Mary Owen

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