The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), helps teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the wildland urban interface (WUI) – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. Now with over 450 members, the program continues to work in complimentary and collaborative fashion with existing wildland fire public education efforts, such as Firewise, and amplifies their messages to individuals to better achieve the common goal we all share of Fire Adapted Communities. The RSG! Program tenants help residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go early when a fire starts.
The RSG! Program provides the implementation guidance; background knowledge; and presentation tools to assist fire departments in delivering the program message:
- Ready – Preparing for the Fire Threat: Be Ready, Be Firewise. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Make sure all residents residing within the home are on the same page, plan escape routes. For more information about how to be Ready for wildland fires, go to Firewise.org
- Set – Situational Awareness When a Fire Starts: Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news from local media and your local fire department for updated information on the fire.
- Go – Act early! Following your action plan not only makes you prepared, but helps firefighters best respond to a wildland fire, which strengthens both yours and their safety.