The Kentucky Division of Forestry will recognize Rowan County Ambulance Director and volunteer firefighter Danny Blevins who has received the National Wildfire Mitigation award, during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6, 2022.
The award ceremony will be held at the Area 9 State Fire and Rescue Training Center 99 Lake Park Drive, Morehead, KY at 1 PM.
Blevins is the first Kentucky resident to be nominated and receive the award, which is co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the United States Forest Service (USFS). Blevins received the award March 22 at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in Reno, Nevada.
Kessley Baker, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, nominated Blevins for the award. “We are extremely excited that Danny received this opportunity to be nationally recognized and bring to light all the progress this community has accomplished in wildfire risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness,” Baker said.
Blevins, and Route 377 Fire-Rescue, which also will be recognized at the May 6 event, have taken the lead in numerous local wildfire mitigation activities, including Firewise USA® recognition, wildfire hazard planning and training, and community events.