Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission Chair
Bob Betts is a retired technology and software sales executive who retired from IBM in 2009. Since naming Prescott his home, Bob got religious on the importance of wildfire preparation. He watched from the deck of his home the Doce Fire erupt on Granite Mountain in 2013. That year he became a standing member of the Hidden Valley Ranch Firewise Committee. By November he was unanimously elected to the chairmanship of the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC).
He actively served until November of 2017 when a medical condition caused him to step aside assuming the role of Chairman Emeritus, advisor to the sitting chairperson. In that same year Bob was given the National Wildfire Mitigation Award by the NASF, IAFC, NFPA and USDA.
Bob resumed the active role of Interim or Acting Chairperson in February 2019.
Since joining PAWUIC he has helped to integrate National Resources Conservation Service and its funding to broaden forest stewardship programs. Most recently the Prescott National Forest included PAWUIC in the multi-year Joint Chiefs’ Bradshaw Cross Boundary Project that will provide additional funding for fuels mitigation on the private side of the fence bordering the Prescott National Forest.