FORT SHAFTER, Hawai’i – In a concerted effort to bolster fire prevention and enhance the safety of military families, U.S. Army Garrison Hawai’i conducted a comprehensive vegetation survey at Fort Shafter. The survey, led by the Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Ms. Brandi G. Skasik, took place on Friday, November 17, marking a significant step towards proactive fire risk mitigation.
The team, comprising key civilian personnel, explored densely vegetated areas to discuss and strategize on fire mitigation techniques. The diverse group of attendees, representing departments and services like Island Palm Communities, Directorate of Public Works, Natural Resources, Wildland Fire, Federal Fire, and Safety, addressed vital concerns related to tree trimming, grass cutting, preservation of native species, and fire prevention.
"The safety and well-being of our residents are paramount. This survey is a crucial initiative by USAG-Hawai'i to assess fire risks and discuss strategic mitigation for the community's safety," commented Iris KirkPilger, project director for Island Palm Communities.
The day's activities involved assessing various risks and discussing potential quick-fix solutions. The approach was comprehensive, looking into factors like combustible fences, proximity of vegetation to structures, and the condition of gutters and parking areas. This proactive stance reflects the Garrison's commitment to the safety and well-being of its residents.
Richard Marsh from Installation Management Command Pacific noted, "This is about more than just surveying; it's about integrating knowledge across departments to achieve the best outcomes for fire prevention and community safety."
The survey's findings will guide the development of targeted strategies to manage fire risks effectively. This initiative at Fort Shafter is just the beginning, with plans to extend similar surveys to other Army installations on Oahu.
"Today’s effort is a testament to our commitment to create outstanding communities where military families can live, work, and thrive," said Ms. Skasik, emphasizing the Garrison's dedication to continuous improvement in safety measures.