NFPA’s Firewise Program Names New Advisors

June 29, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s Firewise® Communities Program has added six regional Firewise Advisors to help expand its community wildfire safety activities.


During his tenure as a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist in southwest Florida, Patrick Mahoney has helped dozens of small neighborhoods, many made up of active retiree residents, achieve Firewise recognition. A two-time “Firewise Leadership Award” winner, he also serves as a Public Information Officer on fire incidents large and small. Mahoney’s region includes the following states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Faith Berry – Firewise Advisor, Southwest 1 Region

Faith Berry helped form 30 small Fire Safe Councils in San Diego County over the past several years, where she integrated Firewise materials and concepts. She brings a range of experience to the Firewise position, from firefighting to park management to writing and grant-writing. Berry’s region includes the following states:  Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

Keith Worley – Firewise Advisor, Southwest 2 Region

A resident and “sparkplug” in one of the first Firewise Communities/USA sites in the nation, Keith Worley of Colorado is an experienced Firewise leader as well as a professional forester and certified arborist. Keith is well-known for his creative hands-on training courses and compelling Firewise presentations. Worley’s area includes the following states:  Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

About Firewise

The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters. For more information, visit www.firewise.org.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org for more information.