Plumas County Fire Safe Council awards certificates of recognition

 The Plumas County Fire Safe Council (PCFSC) announced the newest recipient in the Fire Safe Recognition Program. This award identifies, and publicly acknowledges, outstanding fire safety accomplishments in Plumas County.

A personalized certificate was presented at the Aug. 11 meeting to the following community member who has demonstrated initiative and leadership through his actions and accomplishments.

Recipient: Joe Smailes

Submitter: Andrea Irving

As a Firewise lead in a volunteer role, I look for inspiration from those who are engaged, passionate and who are leading by example. I feel that Joe Smailes is one of those Plumas County citizens who deserves recognition for his Firewise leadership and advocacy for post fire line cleanup, but more importantly for his encouragement to Firewise leads. He suggests that we use our voices to express concerns, to collaborate and to advocate for projects that can benefit our communities. I find Joe’s delivery to be professional and passionate as he sends empowering messages of encouragement. Through his example I have expanded my reach to surrounding neighbors to collaborate on future fuels reduction efforts to create and maintain fuels breaks through community volunteer work days and with potential grant opportunities. My nomination of Joe is proof that people who “do“ and “encourage” are successful in inspiring others to do the same. Many thanks to Joe Smailes for leading by example! – Andrea Irving

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The nomination process and guidelines are available on the PCFSC website, www.plumasfiresafe.org, under the Recognition tab.  A Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to any person, business or community that acted in a manner which helped to reduce the losses from wildfires.

Anyone can nominate a candidate they feel is deserving. A subcommittee will then review the nominees and submit to the Board for a vote to honor the nominee(s) with a certificate. Initially the goal will be to have an announcement at the monthly meetings, which takes place the second Thursday of every month.

For more information on all programs the Fire Safe Council has to offer please visit the PCFSC website: www.plumasfiresafe.org. There are many outreach programs outlined for assistance opportunities and Fire Preparedness.