Besides doing private consulting, Stuart Mitchell’s varied background includes being a contractor with the nonprofit Fire Safe Sonoma, he has conducted nearly 400 home assessments in the North Bay, as well and conducted presentations on preparing for wildfires in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), on Zoom and in person. He served as a FEMA trained Crisis Counselor for the Sonoma Complex Fires, is certified in Community Emergency Response Team implementation, and has been a Director of various nonprofit programs. His respect for First Responders and his involvement in personal and public safety has led him to develop a keen interest in Wildfire Mitigation, because it combines human dynamics, environmental sciences, education, and community relations. The more we can take preventative action with our properties, the more likely First Responders will be able to do their jobs with improved coverage and safety, and the more we can build personal and community resilience. Stuart has completed graduate work in Environmental Health Management and holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology/Physical Geography. He completed S290 Intermediate Wildfire Behavior through the State Fire Marshal’s office and he is a Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist through the NFPA.
Bobby Payne just retired after 21 years where he served as an active-duty firefighter/Medic in the United States Air Force. His passion for serving Sonoma County started as a Wildfire Mitigation Advisor during the 2020 Walbridge fire. He was in a unique position to be able to access areas that were cordoned off and he was able to help hundreds of homeowners. Subsequently, he teamed up with Stuart Mitchell, prepping homes in advance of the 2020 Glass Fire. He has since dedicated himself to preparing and protecting Northern California communities. He has a wide array of certifications that include being accredited at the highest level as a Fire Officer, Inspector, and Instructor through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). In addition, he has his degree in Fire Science and holds various wildland firefighting certifications. Wildfires are something that will affect our area every year and the seasons continue to get longer. Being prepared has never been so important. Bobby strives to build community action plans, help homeowners protect their properties, and ensure neighbors are locking arms with each other so that the people we love are protected and prepared.