- Stop by NFPA’s Firewise booth. Our staff will be there to say hello and answer any of your wildland-fire questions, as well as provide free Firewise materials to get your community ready for the next wildfire season. The best time to stop by is during Tuesday’s welcome reception, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with a host of other WUI peers.
- Attend the “Fire Adapted Community Tools” session on Wednesday (11:00 am, Session 102). I will be on a panel with Pam Leschak (U.S. Forest Service Fire Adapted Communities program manager) and Joe Stutler (Deschutes County, Oregon Forester). We’ll tell you about the Fire Adapted Communities initiative, give a sneak peek of the forthcoming Fire Adapted Communities website, and show you firsthand how different communities are successfully taking steps toward becoming fire adapted.
Other conference highlights include a session on the historic 2010-11 Texas wildfire season and a reflection on past and future wildland fire challenges. Additional session information is available here. More details can also be found on the conference website.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs puts on a well-organized and educational conference every year. This is a great event for anyone interested in protecting local forests, learning about wildfire mitigation and suppression solutions, or educating landowners and your community about the importance of land management. Looking forward to seeing you there!