The Wichita Falls Fire Department will be launching a new program for area citizens who live in high risk wildfire areas.

The program is called Ready, Set, Go!  It will teach residents how to prepare themselves and their property against wildland fire threats.  The program encourages the use of education tools such as Firewise, a national wildfire protection program, and Fire Department personnel who will teach citizens about property and how to prepare for this situation.

Wichita Falls Fire Chief Earl Foster said, "Preparedness is the key to citizen safety as well as firefighter safety."

Ready, Set, Go! Is the product of a nation-wide discussion by fire services on how to protect homes and lives in what is called the Wildland Urban Interface.

There are 3 steps for this wildfire preparedness and action:

  • The first step is to be ready or prepared.  Plan escape routes and make sure everyone is the home knows the plan of action.
  • Next, you need to act immediately.  Pack your vehicle with your emergency items.
  • Finally, leave early because it will assist firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

The WFFD is working with each City Councilor to bring the Ready-Set-Go program to citizens during meetings.  They will be help between now and early summer.

"We encourage all citizens to join us for one of the free classes we will be offering for Ready-Set-Go. This program will save lives and damage to property," said Foster.

Meetings will be held Tuesday, March 26th at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge located at 425 Seymour Highway.

For more information please contact Assistant Chief John Reese at 761-7901.

We'll keep you updated when more meetings are scheduled.