The Ventura Fire Department, in partnership with the Ventura County Wildfire Collaborative, will host a free, public town hall to discuss wildfire preparedness on Thursday, March 7, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, located at 501 Poli Street in Ventura.
The town hall will cover a wide variety of preparedness topics, including wildfire risk in the City of Ventura, Fire Hazard Reduction Program guidelines, defensible space and home hardening tips, home ignition zone assessments, wildfire home insurance, and information about the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise community certification process.
"Fire safety is a shared responsibility, and an engaged and prepared community is our strongest defense against the threat of wildfires. We are thrilled to partner with the Wildfire Collaborative in providing a town hall for a two-way dialogue with our residents,” said Fire Chief David Endaya. “We want to work together to strengthen our community's resilience and protect what matters most."
Agencies presenting at the event will include the Ventura Fire Department, Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council, Southern California Edison, and the California Department of Insurance.
"Collaboration is at the heart of effective wildfire preparedness. By working together with organizations like the Ventura Fire Department, we amplify our impact and empower communities to take meaningful action,” said Mason Thurmond, Program Lead for the Ventura County Wildfire Collaborative. “The Ventura County Resource Conservation District is proud to play a role in fostering a resilient and well-informed community through the work of the Ventura County Wildfire Collaborative.”
In addition to speakers, a variety of booths and community outreach materials will be provided by the California Office of Emergency Services, American Red Cross, and the Ventura Land Trust.