I'm very excited to have the opportunity to speak to participants at the upcoming Fire & Life Safety Conference next month in Orlando, Florida. This is just the second time that NFPA has sponsored this broad-ranging set of sessions aimed at fire and life safety professionals who want to know the latest and greatest in applying NFPA codes, standards and guidance.
I hope you'll join me and take advantage of the amazingly affordable hotel rates at the Hilton at Walt Disney World. NFPA's found one of the most attractive venues in the nation for one of its premier educational opportunities. And besides getting to go to Florida in December, I am truly thrilled to be able to talk to conferees about NFPA's standards on wildfire safety as they apply to structures and infrastructure.
If you follow this blog at all, you know that Firewise is NFPA's wildfire safety education program. What you may not know is that a complimentary set of standards exist to support wildfire safety in rural and suburban communities and to create an enforceable method of constructing new homes to resist wildfire damage. NFPA 1141 deals with the built environment and fire protection infrastructure. Jurisdictions that apply this standard have a great opportunity to build subdivisions and towns that are "safer from the start" with regard to protection from wildfire and other emergencies.
NFPA 1144 allows for the application of the principles of Firewise construction, wildfire hazard evaluation methodology, and property maintenance that will be very familiar to Firewise advocates everywhere. Communities can use this standard to create a baseline for safety in new construction as well as a useful method for assessing existing risks. It is the basis for the information taught in NFPA's "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" seminar.
Randy Bradley, chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department in the East Bay area of California and the chair of NFPA's Technical Committee on Forest & Rural Fire Protection, will present along with me. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how NFPA's standards on wildland fire safety can be applied in your jurisdiction. Register today at www.nfpa.org.