GRASS VALLEY, Calif., December 13, 2017 – The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) is calling for nominations from the community for the 2018 Fire Safe Awards to be given at the 11th Annual Culinary Adventure event on Friday, April 6, 2018. The awards program was developed by the board of directors to recognize those dedicated to protecting our community from catastrophic wildfire. The public is invited to submit nominations for consideration.

There are three recognitions to be given to individuals and groups meeting the criteria set for each award including exemplifying the Fire Safe Council’s mission: “To provide Firewise education and programs to enhance emergency preparedness for catastrophic wildfire to all citizens in Nevada County in order to reduce the loss of life, property, and natural resources, and to create Firewise Communities/USA®; to network with other Fire Safe Councils, governmental agencies, and foundations for the benefit of the citizens of Nevada County.”

Volunteer of the Year – Extensive personal commitment and dedication to programs/projects, community fire protection outreach, and/or operational support. Engages in other activities that support the FSCNC in developing partnerships, funding opportunities, and/or communicating the fire prevention message.

Firewise Community of the Year – Effective, independent Firewise Committee, that assist in educating the community on fire safe programs, defensible space, and emergency preparedness. Works annually to expand Firewise misson. Actively supports the FSCNC and Firewise programs by enlisting volunteers, sponsoring a Scotch Broom Challenge, and/or community fuels reduction projects.

Fire Safe Partner of the Year – Provides in-kind or direct program funding support and/or technical expertise to expand the effectiveness and efficiency of the Fire Safe Council’s efforts. Demonstrates leadership by developing community partnerships, and expanding community awareness for wildfire mitigation.

“Many exceptional individuals in our community come together to make our organization successful. Our board of directors feel it is important to formally honor them,” said Fire Safe Council Executive Director, Joanne Drummond. “We hope others in our community will be inspired to also get involved in addressing the wildfire hazard, and preparing their families for emergencies.”

Nominations are due no later than January 15, 2018 to the council office. A nomination form may be obtained by visiting or by calling (530) 272-1122.