Firewise in the Classroom Service Learning Project
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firewise in the Classroom Project involves students in a project that helps communities reduce the wildfire risk of homes by conducting Firewise Assessments. These assessments are used by DNR and local fire departments to plan mitigation efforts to prevent homes from loss to wildfire. Students will learn how to use an internet based Geographic Information System (GIS) to assess the risk of wildfire to homes in a fire district, learn cartographic principles, basics of GIS-GPS, introduction to the U.S. National Grid and explore comprehensive public safety data bases available to police and emergency responders. You will work under the direction of the Firewise Program Coordinator.
Time: 2 hour training session held at the school or coffee shop. Students then work independently assessing homes in their assigned area. Students must submit a log of their hours working on the project and complete all contract requirements of their college.
Commitment: 40 hours
Requirements: Attend a 2 hour training session, access to high speed internet (school, home or library) and must submit a two page report including graphics that summarizes their work and what they have learned.
Location: Training held at a school meeting room or coffee shop near the school