Ambassadors representing NFPA’s Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) outreach efforts recently delivered a series of nine informational forums in diverse wildland/urban interface areas that spanned a geographical area from Spokane, WA to Brooksville, FL. Each forum provided attendees with an overview of the Fire Adapted Communities concept and included an interactive component that generated invaluable insights, feedback and comments from participants; including suggestions on future enhancements to the fireadapted.org website, resources and tools.
This type of outreach activity proved to be an effective tool for introducing and engaging a wide range of stakeholders on the FAC topic, and also provided a forum that produced constructive suggestions on how to improve outreach and education efforts. Groups also reiterated the impact and importance of multimedia reports, specifically the Waldo Canyon Fire video and the corresponding Lessons Learned document; and how they helped audiences learn about FAC principles along with the FAC coalition member’s roles and resources.
The Fire Adapted Communities approach helps connect people to resources that help them reduce their wildfire risk. Fire Adapted Communities is supported by a coalition of national wildfire safety organizations.