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FEMA Corp works on Bear Creek fire prevention clean-up

On May 25th and 26th FEMA Corp Summit 6 will be at the Bear Creek Greenway in Central Point participating in a fire prevention cleanup. The team will be there from 10 am until 4 pm on both days.

Posted: May 25, 2021 3:34 PM
Updated: May 25, 2021 5:10 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.-- On May 25th and 26th FEMA Corp Summit 6 will be at the Bear Creek Greenway in Central Point participating in a fire prevention cleanup. The team will be there from 10 am until 4 pm on both days. 

After the September 2020 wildfires, Jackson County reseeded much of the area in an effort to prevent massive erosion into the protected waterways. The crew will be weeding out possible fire fuels and trimming vegetation in areas within 100 feet of residential structures and commercial businesses

"It's definitely a team effort," assistant team leader Kyle Coburn said. "So, what we're doing is just trying to get rid of all the flammable vegetation. They called it full breaks, so if a fire comes through, they make sure that this area doesn't get caught in the fire."

FEMA Corp Summit 6 is also working at the Jackson County Expo to help get Oregonians vaccinated.

"We're at the expo all the time working. And we see these faces of people that were deeply affected by the fires last year," team leader, Riley Holcroft said. "And we just want to do our part, helping out those people that have been affected by such tragic events."

At the Jackson County Expo, the team has been helping with vaccination efforts, but have also been helping the community with other projects like the fire prevention clean-up

"We just like to get our hands dirty and getting work here done," Community Relations Representative, Rene Salinas said.

Summit 6 has been in contact with organizations such as the Josephine County food bank, Jackson County animal shelter and Rogue Valley's Habitat for Humanity to help in any way they can during their time in Southern Oregon. 

FEMA Corps is a 10 month, full-time, team-based residential service program that was developed in partnership with FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that oversees AmeriCorps NCCC.

It is a program for young adults who want to gain professional skills in emergency management while serving with the Federal Emergency Management Agency staff on disaster response and recovery efforts.

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