Sources of More Useful Information



Firewise attempts to teach the public how to adapt to living with wildfire, encouraging neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. This National Fire Protection Association program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

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US Forest Service Wildland Fire Assessment System

This is an excellent source of up-to-date information on the status of wildfires in the United States. Much of the data comes from the National Weather Service's Digital Services Program. Also, the National Interagency Coordination Center serves as a focal point for coordinating the national mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States.


Medical Alert Systems
Frequently, Wintergreen Rescue Squad is asked about companies that can provide medical alert systems to get medical attention with the push of a button.  We have compiled a list of companies that may meet your needs for our area, click Learn More below.  There are also some helpful home tips included in the document.  The Nelson County Sheriff's Office also provides a service in conjunction with CareLine Senior Phones that will connect you directly with Nelson County Dispatch in the event of a emergency.  Click here for more information on that system.


Southern Area Coordination Center
Part of the Geographic Area Coordinating Group, this organization provides leadership and support not only for wildland fire emergencies, but to other emergency incidents (i.e. earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc). All agencies and geographic areas work together under the auspices and direction of the National Interagency Fire Center.


Virginia Department of Fire Programs & the State Fire Marshal’s Office

This state offices provide supplemental funding to local governments, education and training to first responders, fire prevention and life safety education through community risk reduction, and statewide fire code enforcement.


The Thomas Jefferson Emergency Medical Services Council

Wintergreen is a part of this council that covers five counties (including Nelson County) and Charlottesville to assess, identify, coordinate, plan and implement an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system in partnership with the Virginia Office of EMS and the Virginia EMS Advisory Board.