Dewey-Humboldt forms grass-root fire safety committee with volunteer Vickie Wendt as Chairwoman.
Committee learns about abatement and takes steps towards becoming a Firewise Community.
CAFMA conducts a fire assessment Of Blue Hills/Foothills East
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise begins Partnership with Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC) to identify and acquire grants for citizens living in high-risk fire areas with help to mitigate their properties.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise Committee organizes regular monthly Community meeting starting June 8th at Town Council Chambers.
National Fire Protective Agency (NFPA) recognizes Dewey-Humboldt Blue Hills /Foothills East as Firewise Community.
Community Ice Cream Social hosted by D-H Firewise
First D-H Firewise Group Attending Abatement Training
Goodwin Fire leads to evacuation on west side of Hwy 69, including Blue Hills Area.
Chairwoman Vicki Wendt starts fundraising efforts to raise funds for water storage tanks at Upper Blue Hills. Committee members meet with Chief Bliss, Fire Marshal Rick Chase and Assist Fire Marshal Andie Smith to discuss details of water tanks.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise receives several grants in the amount of $30,000 to help residents to abate theirs properties.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise Members attend Abatement Training in Prescott.
Chairwoman Wendt appeals for help from CAFMA to install two 10,000 gallon tanks in the Upper Blue Hills.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise learns of CAFMA's intent to budget $250,000 towards the Upper Blue Hills water tank project.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise board/committee receives approval from Firewise- USA NFPA to expand our Foothills East Certified Community.
In order to achieve goal of Dewey-Humboldt Firewise to become 501(c)3 Non Profit organization, Chairwomen Vicki Wendt brings in Carole Stensrud, who has the knowledge and experience to guide the board to achieve the objective.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise receives $35,000 in grants from PAWUIC and from Yavapai County for residential abatements in our community.
Mayor Terry Nolan, Larry Stone, Vicki Wendt, Mike Donovan and Anna Wilson. Abatement Check for $12,500 for residents of Dewey-Humboldt.
Vicki Wendt, Guest Speaker Ben Palm, Yarnell Fire Chief and Carole Stensrud D-H Firewise December 2018 Community Meeting.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise receives Abatement Grant from PAWUIC and Title III for $51,580.
Water tanks begin to arrive at the site in Upper Blue Hills on March 19. CAFMA Fire Chief Bliss expects the water tanks to be installed and operable by the end of the April.
Water Tank dedication ceremony celebrating the gift of these water tanks from CAFMA to our community is held on May 22nd. All D-H Community Officials and the general public are invited. Speakers: CAFMA Fire Chief Freitag, County Supervisor Tom Thurman, Forestry & Fire Mgmt. Div. Chief Darrell Willis, D-H Mayor Terry Nolan, Acting Town Mgr. Ed Hanks, D-H Firewise Director Vickie Wendt and Blue Hills resident Tom Hungerford.
In June, Arizona Corporate Commission notifies Dewey-Humboldt Firewise that the Articles of Incorporation - Nonprofit has been approved.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise expands Firewise designated site to include properties west of Hwy 69.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise receives $12,500 grant from Arizona Corporate Commission for 911 Reflective Address Signs.
During November community meeting D-H Firewise starts "IF THEY CAN'T FIND YOU, THEY CAN'T HELP YOU" campaign to promote the 911 reflective address signs.
Water Tank Dedication Ceremony.
Board of Directors: Workshop Training
D-H Firewise Chair Debbie Miler: Community Education Outreach - Door to Door Campaign
Debbie Miller, Ronnie Donovan -Dewey-Humboldt: Clean Up Days Event.
Debbie Miller, Assistant Fire Marshall Andy Smith and Ron Miller: Community Meeting.
Team Firewise at Aqua Fria Festival.: Sue Palacios from Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society, Paul Breen, Silas - our youngest supporter, Ron Miller, Barb Breen, Debbie Miller, Nicholas and Andrew, Ronnie Donovan and Mike Donovan.
Mike Donovan: installing Address Sign
Councilwoman Karen Brooks, Debbie Miller and Mike Donovan: November Community Meeting.
Expanded Firewise Designated Site
Long awaited letter from IRS arrives in February confirming Dewey-Humboldt Firewise 501(c)3 Non-Profit status.
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise Receives Largest So Far Abatement Grant From PAWUIC for $66,500.
COVID 19 Hits. Dewey-Humboldt Firewise Monthly Community Meetings are cancelled. Team Firewise is reaching out to our residents with "Virtual Messages from Your Dewey-Humboldt Firewise".
Dewey-Humboldt Firewise Receives $5,000 Grant from Arizona Community Foundation for Street Signs.
June: Ron Miller, our abatement extraordinaire is starting waiting list for abatement since all available grants are assign.
July: Dewey-Humboldt Firewise made and installed 400 address signs.
Mike Donovan, Debbie Miller, Ron Milller, Diana Long and Mike Long:
Community Outreach To Promote 911 Reflective Address Signs.
Mike Donovan, Mike Long, Debbie Miller, Ron Miller and Ronnie Donovan: Town Clean Up Days
Firewise Information Booth: Town Clean Up Days
Firewise Team assisting residents: Town Clean Up Days
Mike Donovan, Ron Miller, Ronnie Donovan, Heidi Dill, Debbie Miller: Town Clean Up Days.
THANK YOU -Town of Dewey-Humboldt!
It’s unlikely that Dewey-Humboldt Firewise would exist without the generous support of our Town. In 2016, then Town Council member Victoria (Vickie) Wendt recognized the danger throughout the entirety of her town and started the process of learning and then educating both the citizens and the Town Council. Through astuteness, persuasion, influence, and a little arm twisting, she put the pieces together and a small group of convinced volunteers started assembling the creation. Early on, it was recognized that the Town government and its resources were a necessary addition to the solution.
And the Town stepped-up. Before our incorporation, it was the Town’s staff that added much needed capabilities and aptitude. Maps were made, populations were counted, needed forms were completed, and, from the recognition that many in the community needed vegetation reduction (abatement) about their property, but couldn’t afford the months of waiting to be paid from available grant funding, an ingenious and unique partnership was created where the Town would front the money to their constituents while waiting for the eventual disbursement from the Forest Service. Without the skilled efforts of Beth Evans, Steven Brown, Mickey Moore, Ed Hanks, and their predecessors, it’s doubtful that Dewey-Humboldt Firewise could have grown to what it is today.
And then after a few years, talk began about us continuing our growth by becoming a non-profit organization. There was quite the tug-of-war struggle between becoming an entity of the Town or striking out on our own, and eventually the latter prevailed. But how to afford the cost? The Town again voted to contribute to the cause. Recognizing the value to their constituents to have a viable organization such as Firewise educating and supporting the safety of the community, $2,500 of public funds were allocated to support the transition. And a year later, following the Department of Treasury’s designation of Dewey-Humboldt Firewise as a 501(c)(3) entity, another $12,000 was made available so that the fronting of funds to those who participated in grant abatements could continue.
It’s no exaggeration to suggest that without the Town of Dewey-Humboldt’s direct support under the leadership of Mayor Terry Nolan and City Council members, Dewey-Humboldt Firewise would likely not exist, or otherwise would be a fragment of what it is today. For what they have done, for all that they do, we will forever be humbled and grateful.