Volunteers needed for neighborhood fire safety project: THIS Saturday
Tue, Oct 30 11:55am
Kaiser Elementary

Hi Kaiser Families:

 

A local group will be doing a fire safety project THIS Saturday on the hillside West of Kaiser Elementary.   Volunteers from our school community are encouraged to attend.   More information is copied below.   Please contact Gordon Piper directly if you are interested.

 

~ Dennis Guikema, Principal

 

The Oakland Landscape Committee and the Garden Committee of the North Hills Community Association are seeking volunteer support from some Kaiser School parents/or staff in working on Saturday morning November 3 with 50 volunteers from The Berkeley Project that will meet at the Firestorm Memorial Garden at approximately 9 a.m. and work until about 2 p.m. helping to pull or cut and remove French broom on the 2 open space properties located just west of the Kaiser School.  The project is part of a collaborative project supported by the Diablo Firesafe Council and a $5000 grant that we hope will be received before the end of 2018 to work with volunteers and a contractor to remove large quantities of flammable French broom on private open space properties and some adjoining public properties.  
 
Caltrans District 4 is also helping with the project by first running some goats to help remove flammable vegetation on the upper hillside east of the Kaiser School that Caltrans owns, and may also bring in a crew to help in removal of French broom.  
 
The school or parent volunteers from the Kaiser School can help in supervising or working with some of the 50 college students volunteers from The Berkeley Project that will be working on removal of fire-prone French broom.  It takes a village.  We will have gloves, tools, and will stack up some of the French broom for future disposal/chipping with the help of a contractor funded by the Diablo Firesafe Council grant.  
 
The Firesafe Council grant requires a "match" and the volunteer time on Saturday will count as part of the match.  One of the open space properties we will be working on is the location where in 2014 there was a homeless encampment fire west of the portable classrooms.  We will also remove broom on a large 4-acre property owned by a developer west of the school, who is supporting the vegetation management project.  We are endeavoring to enhance the fire safety of the school and the neighborhood by continuing the efforts to remove large quantities of flammable vegetation such as French broom.  
 
Volunteers should wear shoes suitable for working on a slope, and long pants and shirts. Volunteers might RSVP or contract Oakland Landscape Committee Chair Gordon Piper at 910-2969 to volunteer or if they want additional information.  
 
The North Hills Community Association Board has endorsed the project and many neighbors of the Kaiser School also supported the application for the Diablo Firesafe Council grant that was approved in September by the Council.  We appreciate any support from the Kaiser School community and parents helping to enhance the fire-safety of the open space areas surrounding the Kaiser School.  There is a large amount of flammable French broom now surrounding the Kaiser School on open space properties, and this collaborative project is important in reducing fuel loads and enhancing defensible space. Volunteers will be utilizing both broom puller and loppers.  If the school could possibly make a bathroom available on Saturday for the volunteers to use, that would be helpful. Gordon Piper, Chair, Oakland Landscape Committee