Training and Education
BLM Colorado trains American Red Cross (ARC) and rural fire department volunteers to work with communities and rural landowners in wildfire disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation methods. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), and BLM provide financial, logistical, and technical support to the ARC.
BLM Colorado provides financial and technical assistance to the CSFS coordinator who develops training materials, training programs and collaborative projects between the ARC and other agencies. The coordinator also oversees a pilot project in which the ARC provides the “arms and legs” to local fire departments, sheriffs, and the CSFS to deliver wildfire preparedness and hazard mitigation education to communities-at-risk. The pilot project resulted in a National Memorandum of Understanding among the ARC, the Department of Interior, the USFS, the National Association of State Foresters, and the National Fire Protection Association to collaborate in community-based preparedness and mitigation education.
Fire Prevention Tips for Homeowners
Learn Before you Burn PSAs
The Rocky Mountain Information/Education Committee, under Rocky Mountain Coordination Group, is responsible for the 'Learn Before You Burn' debris burning campaign. It is one of the leading human-caused wildfire ignition sources common to all five states within Region 2 (SD, WY, NE, KA, CO).
Learn Before you Burn (15 sec)
Learn Before you Burn (30 sec)
Learn Before you Burn (60 sec)
Committee members include representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division, Wyoming State Forest Service, Kansas State Forest Service, Nebraska State Forest Service, and Rural Fire Protection Districts.
These PSAs are available for any entity to use. Colorado BLM and USFS provided funding to develop the radio PSAs. Garceworks Production Company was contracted for production.