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Wesley Martin Keller

Wesley Martin Keller

Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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Jim Thorpe
PA 18229
Interests:
  • Business wildfire resilience
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firefighter/ Fire department
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Fuels treatment economics
  • Local workforce capacity building
  • Wildfire risk assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances

I attended one of the first National Firewise Training Workshops in Atlanta, GA 16 years ago.
Developed my first Firewise Community Program 15 years ago and have completed 23 community Firewise plans in all. Several of these are still active a dozen years later. In total we estimate there are as many as 40,000 people and 10,000 structures involved within these communities.

The types of programs that we have completed; 90,000 gallons of fire suppression water in under ground storage tanks, helped replace address and street signage in 12 communities, installed many dry hydrant systems, constructed several road systems as means of emergency egress, created a hazard fuel reduction program within several large communities that remove hundreds of tons of material, hold Firewise Days, and in one community had over 600 people attend.

Currently working on a GIS base information program that will let us collect home hazard and mitigation information using tax parcel data, in a tablet format. This will work in combination of a data base in Knowledge Center, a web based Incident Management System.

I am also working with the Pocono Resource Conservation Development Council on a biomass fuel briquette system, that would utilize waste material from hazard fuel reduction projects.

I am converting all my old (20 plus) Firewise Plans into a county wide CWPP , with annexed sections for each of the county’s 38 private communities.

Indian Mountain Lakes

This is a private community that has been active in the Firewise program for over ten years. Projects completed to date include installing dry hydrants, underground water storage pod system, construction of paved roads for emergency exit use, reflective signage, developed a evacuation routing system, convert the association club house into a working evacuation center and more. Our current project is to re-evaluate the community of approximately 5000 people, with 1749 homes, on 4600 acres, using the FAC Assessment Tool.

Towamensing Trails

This is a private community that has been active in the Firewise program for over ten years. Projects completed to date include installing dry hydrants, underground water storage pod system, construction of paved roads for emergency exit use, reflective signage, developed a evacuation routing system. Their biggest project to date was a hazard fuels reduction project in which we were able to help fund, included having two full time crews clearing fuel from 57 miles of road, along with road side pick up from home owners. Our current project is to re-evaluate the community of approximately 6000 people, with 2300 lots, most with homes, on 2560 acres, using the FAC Assessment Tool.

Bear Creek Lake

This is a private community that has been active in the Firewise program for over fourteen years. Projects completed to date include installing dry hydrants, construction of larger paved cul-de-sac for emergency use, reflective signage, developed a evacuation routing system and hazard fuels reduction project. Our current project is to re-evaluate the community of approximately 1350 people, with 670 lots, most with homes, on 1400 acres, using the FAC Assessment Tool.