California Fire Volunteer
Volunteer brigades will help their neighbors prepare for wildfires and other disasters in an area devastated by the 2018 Woolsey fire as part of a new program approved by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
At least 100 volunteers from Santa Monica Mountains communities are expected to start training early next year, learning about wildland fires, radio protocols and the incident command system used during major disasters, said Brent Woodworth, chairman and chief executive of the nonprofit Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, which will run the program.
The volunteers will teach their neighbors how to harden their homes, including how to best clear brush and update a home’s siding or roof to be less likely to burn. They will also conduct free home ignition assessments that outline to homeowners what parts of their property are most at risk and how to fix the problem.