Clients of B.O.R Consulting identified .....
Counties and Municipalities …. Have an interest in maintaining a high level of fire safety, reducing costs associated with inspecting for fire code compliance, reducing the cost associated with fire suppression, limiting the destructive impact of wildfires to a community, protect the property tax base and to protect and preserve the environment.
Insurance Companies …. Have an interest in limiting their exposure to liabilities that they, potentially, can avoid or significantly reduce, while at the same time offering insurance coverage to property owners at reasonable cost. Making fire fuel code compliance a prerequisite and demanding a defensible space inspection before offering fire insurance addresses both of these interests. A code compliant property with reasonable defensible space is much less at risk of becoming a loss in the event of a fire, as is supported by fire science and hard evidence.
Real Estate Professionals …. Have an interest in closing the sale of a property in a timely manner. A property non-compliant with defensible space criteria may fall out of escrow because the property cannot be insured. Securing a certificate of defensible space compliance may take up to two months after the problem is identified and the correction process is initiated. It makes financial sense to evaluate a property for fire code compliance at or before time of listing.
Home Owners Associations …. Have an interest in assuring all properties meet fire and defensible space code in order to maintain the common value and integrity of the properties within the association.
Home and Property Owners .... Have an interest in understanding the complex issues pertaining to forest health and fire safety in order to protect their investment, possessions and lives. Being able to maintain fire insurance is also of great importance, as it is a minimum mortgage requirement. Moreover, a defensible space code compliant property stands to fetch a better sales price than a non-compliant one because a buyer feels more confident about purchasing.
School Districts in the Wildland Urban Interface .... Have an interest in maintaining proper defensible space around schools in order to protect public assets and provide a safe environment for students. Moreover, schools are often used as safe zones and command posts for firefighters, or as evacuation centers for residents. Thus, a school with adequate defensible space is an asset for the community. Schools also provide a forum to reach out to the next generation of wildland urban interface residents and educate students about "fire safe" behavior.
Water Districts .... Have an interest in maintaining critical water supply infrastructure, like water towers and pump stations, according to top defensible space criteria in order to prevent damage to them in the event of a wildfire. Furthermore, water districts want to protect their watersheds in order to supply quality water to their customers. Restoring a watershed after a high intensity fire takes years and can cost hundreds of million dollars.