The responsibilities of the Wildland Division are broken down into two main categories. The first responsibility of the Wildland Division is wildland fire suppression readiness and response. This responsibility includes coordinating the wildland training, overseeing equipment and the equipment cache, managing the Wildland Operations Plan, the Resource Mobilization plan, and all National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certifications for regional and district staff.
The second responsibility is as important as the first; reducing the threat of a catastrophic wildland fire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) through prevention efforts like public education and hazardous fuels mitigation. The Wildland Division is responsible for coordinating Firewise activities with communities, Ready Set Go Program, updating the 2008 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and the 2001 WUI Ordinance, coordinating fuel reduction projects in high priority areas, grant research, managing the wildland fuel crew, and a Santa Fe County WUI Hazard Homeowner Assessment Project.
As of 2009, County funding accounts for 33% of the division’s operating budget. Three of the four members of the division are grant funded requiring us to continuously look for grant funding sources to maintain and help improve our programs to better prepare the County for wildland fires.
For more information on projects the team is working on, weather or training you can visit their website at www.sfcfire-wildland.com.