The 2011 NFPA Annual Conference & Expo in Boston has kicked off and we’re happy to be here!
This Sunday morning found me and my colleague, Marty Ahrens, senior manager, fire analysis, presenting Brush and Wildland Fires: The Surprising Facts You Need to Know, to a group of folks who were kind enough to brave the early morning hour, and the rain, to listen to our presentation.
The focus of our talk was the NFPA report Marty prepared, which examines the circumstances and causal patterns of brush, grass and forest fires. Marty also told us, based on the report, which states make the most calls to fire departments regarding these types of fires, and that the bulk of them occur during the months of March and April. Did you know that roughly four of every ten natural vegetation fires occurs on properties described as open land or fields? Lots of interesting facts and statistics, so check out the full report, which is available for free for members.
Marty’s presentation was the perfect lead in to my talk about the Firewise Communities Program as I outlined what steps homeowners and community members can take to help minimize the risk of wildland fire spreading to their homes. Find more information about Firewise and our recognition program on our Web site.
Thanks to everyone who joined us in the conversation this morning. Have any thoughts, questions, or ideas about what we talked about? We’re here all day at the conference so please come find us! As the Arizona fire rages on, wildland fire is surely on the top of everyone’s mind.
Stay tuned for more updates on the conference and our presentations. We hope to see you soon!