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November 14, 2016

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Wildfire Partners Recognized as Model Community Wildfire Mitigation Program

Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA) is honoring Wildfire
Partners with its annual Alan Miller Spirit Award

Boulder County, Colo. - Eight Nederland homeowners credit firefighters,
along with their participation in Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners, for helping
save their homes from June’s destructive Cold Springs Fire. In recognition of
Wildfire Partners outstanding efforts to save lives and property, the Rocky
Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA) is honoring the community
wildfire mitigation program with its annual Alan Miller Spirit Award.

The award
is presented each year to individuals or organizations committed to reducing
property risk and making Colorado communities safer.
RMIIA will present the award on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. during All
Industry Day at the Hilton DoubleTree Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village.

"The foundation of Wildfire Partners’
success is the engagement of community partners, such as the insurance
industry, from the program’s inception," says Carole Walker, Executive
Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. "But,
the real success story being told here is homes saved by homeowners working to
reduce their wildfire risk and Wildfire Partners providing them the tools to do
that. Wildfire Partners was developed as a community mitigation model and we
are now seeing other Colorado communities pattern mitigation programs after
Wildfire Partners.”

Partners, launched in 2014, is a unique collaborative initiative of more than
35 partner organizations led by Boulder County—its primary goal: assisting
homeowners in reducing the threat of wildfire to their properties. More than 800
homeowners have participated in the program that provides technical expertise
with through, onsite property inspections, follow-up visits, a consumer hotline
and financial support.
Wildfire Partners homeowners spend an
average of 60 hours and $2,400 performing mitigation and receive an average of
$700 in financial assistance from the program.

“With a hotter and drier climate, we expect to
see large increases in the size of future wildfires. Now is the time for
everyone to come together and work in partnership to prepare for these risks,”
says Jim Webster, Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator for Boulder County. “It
is a great honor to receive the Alan Miller Spirit Award. I hope this award
will inspire others to replicate Wildfire Partners’ successful approach and
build more resilient communities.”

Wildfire Partners is funded by Boulder County, a
$1.25 million FEMA grant and a $1.5 million Colorado Department of Natural
Resources grant.

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