The Oakland Firesafe Council (OFSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and member of the California Fire Safe Council network. OFSC supports Oakland and Alameda County in reducing the risks of wildfire danger to people and property through our preparedness education, wildfire safety programs, materials and resources, advocacy, outreach and community building, and volunteer opportunities.
OFSC is asking for your crucial financial support so that we may continue these wildfire prevention and safety efforts on behalf of and with our community.
A Brief History
Established in 2014, we are residents of Oakland, CA, survivors of the 1991 Oakland Firestorm/Tunnel Fire, open space/park stewards and other volunteers committed to reducing the risks of wildfire in Oakland and other high fire risk areas of Alameda County. In 2018 our founders met to discuss how to fill the void created by the demise of Oakland’s CORE emergency preparedness training program (since superseded by Oakland’s CERT training program.) This led to our current wildfire prevention programs that have been presented to and utilized by thousand’s of Oakland residents. These include Firewise USA® support, our preparedness Guides and workshop, and our regular community outreach newsletters.
Working in Extended Community
Just as we have special districts in the Bay Area to manage air quality, water quality, and regional planning and transportation, Oakland Firesafe Council has been tirelessly working with local fire departments, Oakland Fire and other East Bay cities, and Fire Departments and Firesafe Councils to promote the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for regional coordination of wildfire prevention and the management of vegetation and dramatically reduce the fuel that causes the spread of wildfires in our wildland/urban interface (WUI).
Working together contributes to the well-being and safety of each other, our neighborhoods and our communities in Oakland (and beyond). By working together we can meet the present and future wildfire preparedness and prevention needs.
Please consider making a meaningful year-end contribution by visiting our DONATE PAGE and choosing whichever means is most comfortable for you.
Many thanks for your important support and here’s wishing you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season.
Ken Benson, President of Oakland Firesafe Council