Wildland fires are not only a problem here in the United States, but in countries around the world. Today in Denver, at a special pre-conference session, a group of international attendees met to follow up on discussions initiated at the 2011 International Wildfire Conference in South Africa. Together, they have formed a “Community Based Fire Management Working Group” aimed at promoting community level wildfire mitigation, prevention and education on a global level. Their goal is to have this information take a prominent place in sessions at the next International Wildfire Conference in 2015 in South Korea.
Front row (from left): Kelly O'Shea, Partners in Protection Executive Director, Canada; Molly Mowery, NFPA Wildland Fire Operations Division; Alan Westhaver, Partners in Protection board, Canada; and Michele Steinberg, NFPA Wildland Fire Operations Division
Back row (from left): Dave Nuss, NFPA Wildland Fire Operations Division Director; Kelly Johnston, Partners in Protection board, Canada; Zane Erasmus, Cape Nature, South Africa; Thomas Mackenzie, FFA Firewise Africa, South Africa; Jim Shannon, President, NFPA; Pieter van Lierop, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy; and Val Charlton, FFA Firewise Africa, South Africa.