Molly Mowery, a program manager for NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division, wrote an article for the most recent issue of NFPA Journal, a bonus issue all about wildfire. The article, "World of Opportunity" discusses NFPA's expanded reach to address the global wildfire problem.
In recent years, tragic wildfire events around the world have been pushed into the international spotlight. Consider a few headlines from within the past year: "Wildfires turn Russia red: 700 die a day in Moscow as deadly smog doubles mortality rate"; "Bolivia declares emergency over forest fires"; "Israel wildfire death toll tops 40"; "Grassland fire kills 22 in Tibet"; and "Forest fires: Britain bursts into flames."
Since its creation, the Wildland Fire Operations Division has been actively raising NFPA’s profile as an authority on wildland fire mitigation. The division has already initiated studies to look at the effectiveness of regulation in the WUI, and has begun working with other partners to advance the concept of Fire Adapted Communities. Now, NFPA will expand their reach to address the global wildfire problem as well.