Einar Jensen of South Metro Fire Rescue in Colorado led an interesting and informative session today here at the Backyards & Beyond conference in Salt Lake City. "Wildfire Matters, Teaching Kids About the Wildland/Urban Interface" centered around the importance of empowering the next generation of adults to be better informed about wildfire safety, and better prepared to take action to reduce the risks in their communities.
Through quizzes, interactive games, field trips and more, Mr. Jensen engaged a number of fourth grade classrooms across the state. According to Mr. Jensen, fourth graders are a great group to work with ...they are eager to learn and are ready for personal and community responsibility. Behavior, he says, is the promised land, and the kids he worked with really got it!
More sessions regarding youth and wildfire are planned throughout the conference. Stay tuned for updates right here on our blog and keep checking NFPA's web page for updated content on the Backyards & Beyond conference. We'll be posting presentations from the conference for all to view.