In 1984, Fresno was a city of approximately 300,000 people, covered an area of approximately 80 square miles, and was experiencing a period of rapid growth. With this growth came an increase in fires, particularly in residences, and the Fire Department began exploring various ways of reducing these losses and injuries.
Late in 1984, the Department applied for and received a federal grant offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which provided for the establishment of a community volunteer fire prevention organization. The goals of such an organization would be to develop and implement a community-wide network of fire prevention programs. A board of Directors was soon seated; Burn Aware established its non-profit status with the State of California, and the Board set about the business of providing public fire safety education to the community.
Burn Aware has now been in continued existence for almost three decades. The City of Fresno, along with the North Central Fire Protection District and Fig Garden Fire Protection District areas has grown to become a large metropolis of over 525,000 people and covers nearly 336 square miles. Since its inception, Burn Aware has reached more than 450,000 students with fire safety messages, installed more than 4,500 smoke detectors, and saved countless lives with help of our volunteers and community partnerships . Through the continuing efforts of Burn Aware and the Fresno Fire Department, important fire prevention and life safety messages will continue to be provided to our community.
Tax deductable donations to Burn Aware are gladly accepted and can be mailed to:
c/o Fresno Fire Department
911 H Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Central California Burn Aware – Tax ID # 770085338