Mike and Janet Brandt of Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc, working with a grant obtained through the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, created the Billy Brushwacker program. It is intended to teach children in the 8-11 age group about Wildfire Prevention principles. Billy goats are useful in some communities working to reduce flammable vegetation by grazing and browsing. Thus, the goats are able to find food and the amount of wildland fuel available to burn is reduced by this activity. The Billy Brushwacker program is designed to meet Arizona Department of Education Standards and can be used by teachers as part of the required curriculum for science in Arizona.
Fire education programs are fundamental in educating our children about fire prevention and how to become more safety conscious. Making our communities safer from the threat of wildfire is an important fire safety message that requires changes in attitude and behavior. Social Scientists tell us that it takes a generation to truly change behavior. That’s why putting and keeping this information in the schools now is so important.
Since its initial development and implementation, P/SFR has funded the reprinting of Billy Brushwacker games and workbooks. Click here for downloadable documents and the game – Find the Fire Danger with Billy Brushwacker to use in your education programs.