Forest Fire Prevention
1926, Forest Fire Control inaugurated a system of
prevention programming and pre-suppression activities within Barnstable
County that by 1929, had reduced suppression costs in that county
Today, Forest Fire Control conducts numerous education
programs to increase public awareness of the prevention and hazards
of forest fire. Much of this activity focuses on practical steps
people can take to reduce the threat posed by forest fire and are
often held in conjunction with local fire departments.
The Bureau uses many and varied tools to spread the methods and
benefits of prevention. It serves as the Commonwealth's guardian
of the nation's symbol of fire prevention; Smokey Bear. Under the
auspices of the U.S. Forest Service, it sponsors Smokey's appearances
at schools, fairs, educational programs and parades throughout Massachusetts.
Programming is also conducted from Bureau managed forest fire observation
towers and in its new mobile fire observation cabin model. Additional
tools are the Bureau's 45 foot prevention trailer, demonstrations
using modern forest fire fighting equipment, and the ongoing training
of other agency and local fire fighters.
Bureau personnel also carry out pre-suppression activities through
the construction and maintenance of fire breaks, water holes and
general fuel reduction within forested areas.
Check out this year’s Prevention Program Schedule