NFPA's wildland fire safety conference gets underway in Denver

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Oct 26, 2011

Up to 10,000 Colorado residents were without power today as the season's first snow storm dumped up to 12 inches of snow across the state, according to FOX 31 Denver. Photo: Kelly Caudle/FOX 31 Denver

A little snow (well, OK, a good amount of snow) couldn’t stop the steady stream of attendees from arriving at the DoubleTree Hotel here in Denver for the start of this week’s “Backyards & Beyond” conference. Over the next few days, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division is hosting this event, offering more than 45 educational sessions in five tracks.

This conference couldn’t be any more timely. The 2011 wildfire season is on its way to becoming one of the worst on record. And it’s not just a problem here in the United States. During this conference, we’re welcoming attendees from South Africa, Australia, and Canada, who join us to learn from the experts - and each other - how we can tackle our world’s wildfire problem.

Keep checking back on this blog, as we’ll be offering session overviews, photos, and video from NFPA's “Backyards & Beyond” conference.

If you like to get your conference updates in 140 characters or less, you can also follow this conference on Twitter at www.twitter.com/firewise.

And last but not least, check out our Firewise Communities Facebook page for updates, photos, and general information about wildland fire safety. 

- Mike Hazell