This Sunday marks the start of the NFPA annual conference. As mentioned in Michele’s previous blog post, there are opportunities to visit both our Firewise booth and the Wildland Fire Management Section booth during exhibit hours. http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef014e88ffcadd970d-pi
In addition, we’d like to invite you to attend our section-sponsored sessions. Michele will be presenting with Marty Ahrens on Brush and Wildland Fires: The Surprising Facts You Need to Know. (Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 am, Room 203). This session will cover a recent NFPA study that researched the causes, circumstances, and geographic distribution of local fire department responses to grass, brush, and forest fires from 2004-2008.
Michele and I will also be giving a presentation on Monday at 11:00 am. This session, Flames in the WUI: How Wildfire Planning Can Minimize Risk to People and Property, will provide an overview of the current wildland urban interface loss problem in the U.S., and highlight a menu of mitigation programs that fire services personnel can use. Examples will draw primarily from Florida. (Monday, June 13th, 11:00 am, Room 203).
Full session descriptions are available on the conference website under Education Sessions.
There will be plenty of other intriguing sessions, including presentations on the history of Boston’s “Fire Trail,” AFG Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, and the use of social media by fire services personnel. We hope you’ll be able to join us at this year’s conference!