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Fire Safe Council receives award

Don Butz, Fire Safe Council of San Diego County (FSCSDC) president, awards Project of the Year to Sandy Wetzel-Smith (second from left) and Jessie Gates (middle) from the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council. They are flanked by FSCSDC VP Sheryl Landrum (far left) and FSCSDC Coordinator Britney Munoz (far right). (courtesy photo)

Fire Safe Council receives award

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council recently received the Project of the Year Award for its Scripps Ranch Disaster Preparedness & Awareness Outreach program from the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County (FSCSDC).

The FSCSDC honored community Fire Safe Council volunteers for their exceptional service in the area of wildfire prevention at its 13th annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Held on June 14, this annual event honors volunteers who go above and beyond keeping their communities fire safe. Run exclusively by volunteers, the 38 community Fire Safe Councils in San Diego County work closely with fire agency representatives to identify risks and carry out projects to address those risks.

Representatives from CAL FIRE, the U.S. Forest Service, San Diego Fire-Rescue, San Diego County Fire Authority, and the Bureau of Land Management were keynote speakers at the event. In addition, representatives from national, state and local elected officials were on hand to present certificates of recognition to the honorees. Fire Safe Council President and Lakeside Fire Chief Don Butz presented the 2018 awards.

Pictured (from left) are Sheryl Landrum, FSCSDC VP; Greg Schreiner of the San Diego County Fire Authority; Rex Hambly of the BLM; Mike Shoecraft of the Rancho Peñasquitos Fire Safe Council; Jim Courter of the Greater Valley Center Fire Safe Council; Sandy Wetzel-Smith of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council; Trenton Bilyeu, Scripps Ranch High School student honoree; Jessie Gates of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council; and Don Butz, FSCSDC president. (courtesy photo)

The Project of the Year award was presented to the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council for its Scripps Ranch Disaster Preparedness & Awareness Outreach program “in recognition of the outstanding volunteers working to increase interest in creating disaster emergency plans with High School Students.

Additionally, Trenton Bilyeu was recognized as a student honoree form Scripps Ranch High School.

“Community Fire Safe Councils and the volunteers who run them are a vital piece of San Diego’s wildfire prevention efforts,” said Sheryl Landrum, vice president of the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County. “I am proud to say that there are more community Fire Safe Councils in San Diego County than any other county in California. They are the ‘Neighborhood Watch’ for keeping San Diego fire-safe, and we are thrilled to recognize their significant contributions to wildfire prevention.”

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