The Colorado Springs Wildfire Mitigation Program has received outside funding from two separate sources totaling $60,000 to augment the community’s increased fire mitigation efforts following the Waldo Canyon Fire. Grants include a $10,000 State Hazard Mitigation Grant (SHMP) from the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) for outreach and educational projects, and two donations totaling $50,000 from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Commission for the neighborhood chipping program.
SHMP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long term mitigation measures including outreach and educational projects. The project will involve the purchase of evacuation kits for residents who participate in mitigation efforts and attend Wildfire Mitigation Neighborhood meetings. Through this State Hazard Mitigation grant, CDEM will pay 50 percent of the project costs. The remaining costs will be met by Public Safety Sales Tax.
The Pikes Peak Regional Building Commission donation is targeted to fund new chippers for the neighborhood chipping program. Due to increased demand in services since the Waldo Canyon Fire, CSFD is responding by adding an additional chipping crew for residents in the wildland urban interface (WUI). “This additional funding will go far to bring resources to the residents of Colorado Springs” said Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal. “This grant funding source allows us to stretch our budget and reach more residents throughout the city with ways to reduce their wildfire risk.”
“We’re very fortunate that funding has become available to assist our community in addressing wildfire risk” said Fire Chief Rich Brown. “We want to continue to reach out to residents to support their efforts.”
The Colorado Division of Emergency Management is responsible for the state’s comprehensive emergency management program which supports local and state agencies. Activities and services cover the four phases of emergency management: Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery for disasters like flooding, tornadoes, wildfire, hazardous materials incidents, and acts of terrorism.
The main goal of the Regional Building Department is to safeguard life and limb, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings and structures within all zoned areas of El Paso County through the enforcement of minimum building code standards. Also, the building department performs comprehensive inspection of all new building construction and alterations and additions to all buildings to ascertain compliance with numerous building codes.