In the past few years, more than 150 firefighters have lost their lives at wildland fires. Dennis Childress, retired from the Orange County Fire Authority, discussed firefighter safety in the WUI this afternoon at NFPA’s “Backyards & Beyond” conference. Dennis provided all of the fire service members in attendance with a complete program they could take back to their departments to train everyone on the concepts and strategies learned during today’s session. This program included a PowerPoint template, educational videos and a notes handbook.
As society moved outward from urban to rural areas, the skills needed to fight these fires is evolving. Combining structural and wildland firefighting techniques is becoming a specialty and firefighter safety is becoming more of a priority.