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Local Red Cross Launches Wild Firestopper Program

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The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is launching Wild Firestopper, a program that provides participants with the skills to make smart decisions in the event of a wildfire in their community. The program is aimed to proactively prepare the community for what is expected to be a severe wildfire season, thanks to record breaking drought conditions.

The first presentation is this Saturday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Wildfire Awareness Expo hosted by the Kern County Fire Department. The event will take place at Frazier Mountain Park, 3732 Park Drive, Frazier Park, CA 93225.

In addition to the Wild Firestopper presentation, the local Red Cross will also be raffling off 25 drawstring backpacks which include a first-aid kit, emergency blanket, mask, whistle, light stick, and water pouch.

The Wild Firestopper interactive safety and prevention program gives participants the necessary skills to weigh options and make appropriate decisions about evacuating during a wildfire. Participants also have the opportunity to explore what resources are needed if they are sheltering-in-place during or after a disaster.

The new program comes on the heels of the highly successful Team Firestopper program which to date has canvased nearly 28,000 homes and provided over 500 households throughout the Central Valley with lifesaving equipment like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

For more information on how to have a Wild Firestopper presentation in your area, or to volunteer with the Red Cross, visit redcross.org/KernChapter or call the local office at (661)324-6427.

Both the Wild Firestopper and Team Firestopper programs are possible thanks to the generous support of Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

About the American Red Cross Central Valley Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region provides service to the seven counties across Central California that is home to more than 2.5 million people. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.