In recent years, Oklahoma has experienced a surge in home construction on its rural landscape and in its small towns and cities. These areas of growth are often referred to as the urban/wildland interface. Residents within the interface are surrounded by fuels that, should they ignite, present a significant risk to their homes and surrounding improvements. In Oklahoma, most rural residents depend on their local volunteer fire departments to protect their property from loss. Our goal is to improve the capacity of local fire departments to provide quality fire protection services.
There are almost 900 volunteer fire departments in communities of less than 10,000 people in our state. Since 1980, Oklahoma Forestry Services' Rural Fire Defense program has targeted these smaller communities and provided assistance to their fire departments in the form of technical advice, financial aid, and equipment. This technical advice and assistance is provided through Rural Fire Coordinators. These individuals work closely with each community and their rural fire department to provide their expertise and experience in solving local problems related to equipment, staffing, and funding.
To request local one-on-one assistance please contact the Rural Fire Coordinator in your area or call OFS at 405-288-2385. To find our rural fire coordinator in your area, click here.
Rural Fire Defense:
Vacant, Community Fire Assistance Area Forester
Oklahoma Forestry Services
830 NE 12th Ave
Goldsby, OK 73093
405-288-2385 (Tel) 405-288-6326 (Fax)