CASE Event Recap
Spring Breakfast on Fire Protection
Fire protection presentation by Lexi Maxwell, a Wildfire Urban Interface Specialist from the Texas Forest Service

"Ready. Set. Go."

That was the message from Lexi Maxwell, a Wildfire Urban Interface Specialist from the Texas Forest Service, as she addressed the attendees of the May 20th CASE Breakfast on Fire Protection. Ms. Maxwell, a special guest of CASE Vice President and Jollyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Kiracofe, briefed the CASE members on building safer communities in the wake of record drought and recent wildfire outbreaks. "We are in the worst drought since 1917," Maxwell said, noting that the area was in the middle of a 30-year drought cycle that heightened conditions for wildfires.

Maxwell discussed the steps for readying communities and taking proactive actions to fortify neighborhoods against the threat of fires. Ms. Maxwell relayed statistics on the recent wildfire seasons to the nearly 50 Central Texas Community leaders. "We lost 22 lives (in the recent wildfire season) and three were firefighters - the rest were civilians," Maxwell told the group, "We shouldn't have lost any of those people, and that's why I'm talking to you today."

Maxwell discussed safety concepts devised to make communities "Firewise Communities." The dynamic presentation confronted the attendees with the harsh realities of wildfires and the various steps that were needed to protect their individual communities. Ms. Maxwell concluded her discussion by illustrating the need for evacuation readiness and a commitment to leaving the area when danger was imminent. Maxwell also indicated that she was readily available to discuss individual community issues for fire safety and protection.

For more information on the Texas Forest Service, the Ready, Set, Go! Program and Firewise Communities, visit the Texas Forest Service's website.

Download the free Ready, Set, Go! Fire Safety Booklet.

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