PG&E and California Fire Foundation Join Forces to Boost Wildfire Safety and Preparedness
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–During California Wildfire Preparedness Week, May 1-7, 2022, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Fire Foundation (CFF) announce their continued partnership in support of the safety and forest fire preparedness.
PG&E and the PG&E Corporation Foundation (Foundation) are providing a total of $1.4 million to CFF’s Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Program (WSPP). Now in its fifth year, the program’s goal is to educate the public about wildfire safety and provide resources to underserved communities in high fire risk areas. It includes a grants program that awarded 54 local fire departments, fire agencies and community groups with $670,000 in funding last year.
California fire departments and community organizations can now submit applications for this year’s Wildfire Safety and Awareness Grants. Applications must be submitted by 11:45 p.m. on June 17, 2022 on the CFF website. Reward notification will begin in mid-July 2022.
Since 2018, the CFF, which administers and manages the WSPP, has awarded 199 grants to fire departments and fire agencies across the state, focusing its efforts in northern and central California. The funding targets communities identified as having extreme or high fire risk, as identified by the California Public Utilities Commission.
“California’s drought, coupled with drier and warmer conditions, is putting communities at risk. The Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Program is a partnership with PG&E that was created to address the growing risk of wildfires,” said CFF Executive Director Rick Martinez. “Our partnership over the past five years, during which California has seen an increase in fire activity, has played an important role in helping local communities become more fire safe. ”
“At PG&E, we have taken a stand for catastrophic wildfires to end. But we know we can’t do it alone. It will take all of us working together to mitigate wildfire risk and help our hometowns be better prepared and more resilient to this growing threat,” said Sumeet Singh, PG&E Executive Vice President, Chief Risk and Acting Director of Security.
How Grants Help Communities
Over the past five years, PG&E has provided $6 million in total fire safety awareness support through the WSPP. The charitable contribution is funded by shareholders and not paid by PG&E customers.
Since 2018, the WSPP has funded:
Specialized fire equipment and personal protective equipment
Defensive space and vegetation management efforts
Fuel/risk reduction programs
Fire prevention and emergency preparedness education, including forest fire preparedness programs for seniors
Fire safety awareness campaigns including 12,000 brochures targeting underserved communities in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong and Vietnamese
Partnerships with community groups in high fire risk areas to disseminate fire safety information
The WSPP develops and distributes language fire safety messages targeting the Spanish, Chinese, Hmong and Vietnamese communities. These efforts include a comprehensive media campaign consisting of outdoor billboards and television, radio and digital advertisements in the language.
The CFF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, helps firefighters, their families and the communities they protect. SBB’s Firefighters on Your Side program, also supported by PG&E, provides multilingual and culturally relevant fire safety messages in digital and printed form, to help the public stay safe.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people over 70,000 square miles in northern and central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
About the California Fire Foundation
The California Fire Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides emotional and financial assistance to families of deceased firefighters, firefighters, and the communities they protect. Formed in 1987 by the professional firefighters of California, the California Fire Foundation’s mandate includes an array of survivor and victim assistance projects and community initiatives. caferefoundation.org