Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
First Kentucky community recognized as firewise

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 21, 2005  
Contact Information:  Gwen Holt (502) 564-4496  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2005) – The Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department, which serves the communities of Knifley, Pellyton and Roley in Adair County, is the first in Kentucky to receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition.

The area is among 115 communities nationwide to receive the special designation. Firewise is a national program created to reduce wildfire risks and hazards where urban development meets wild lands.

Leah MacSwords, director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, presented the award in a ceremony at the fire department on Sept. 20.

“We are very proud to present this distinguished recognition to the Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department. It exemplifies what communities can do if they work together to reach a goal. Their efforts have reduced the risk of wildfires and have made their community a safer place to live,” MacSwords said.

To receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition, the local communities had to satisfy some rigorous requirements. With the fire department spearheading the effort, a local Firewise task force was established. The service area was assessed for wildfire hazards and an emergency action plan was developed. Prevention programs were presented. An information breakfast was held to educate citizens about wildfire dangers.

The Firewise Communities/USA recognition program is part of the national Firewise Communities Program, which encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.

For information, visit www.firewise.org or contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry, 502-564-4496.