What started as a project, quickly snowballed into a successful fire safety fair for Palomino Valley residents after the volunteer fire department won a cash award in a national contest. The Palomino Valley Auxiliary Fire Department (PVAFD) won $500 from the Wildfire Preparedness Day Project Award for their Reflective Address Number Sign Project. Once they were awarded the prize, members of the volunteer fire department expanded the project and held a Community Fire Safety Fair on May 7, 2016 at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District's volunteer station.
The PVAFDs' Reflective Address Number Sign Project educated residents on the importance of having a visible house number during an emergency and allowed residents the opportunity to purchase a highly visible house number sign and have it installed by a fire volunteer. The $500 prize money was used to purchase reflective sign blanks and numbers, posts, mounting hardware and Fair supplies.
The Safety Fair was a success as 57 attendees participated. The Reflective Address Number Sign Project was featured at the event, where 17 orders were taken and two raffle winners will receive free signs. Other activities and information included: distribution of free ash cans with locking lids; a Living With Fire Program table with a variety of educational materials and fire preparedness promotional material; emergency preparedness brochures from Washoe County Emergency Management; Ready, Set, Go Program brochures and Go Kit bags; National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities brochures; Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District provided the NFPA TakeAction Program's Wildfire Preparedness for Horses brochures; a children's activity table and an Ember Storm video played for residents to learn about the vulnerabilities of an average home during an ember storm.
Cathy Glatthar, Wildfire Preparedness Day Project Coordinator and fire volunteer stated, "Many such projects don't happen due to a lack of funds, so we thank State Farm for this generous award program."
The contest was sponsored in collaboration with the NFPA and State Farm Insurance. The contest's goal was to raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring neighbors together to work on projects for National Wildfire Preparedness Day.