In his opening remarks at today’s Backyards & Beyond conference in Salt Lake City, Dave Nuss, division manager of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations division, welcomed attendees from throughout the United States, Canada, as well as guests from Russia and Portugal.
Dave also thanked the sponsors whose generosity made it possible for representatives from several Firewise Communities to attend the event: ESRI, Hoover Treated Wood Products, Phos-Check, Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Utah Division of Forestry.
“It has been a busy couple of years since our last conference in Denver,” said Dave. “Colorado has had a record number of homes lost to wildfires three times. The Rim Fire in California threatened the water supply and power grid to San Francisco 100 miles away. And most tragic was the lost of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill, Arizona, fire.”
Dave said there has never been a greater need or opportunity for finding ways to instill -- in homeowners, elected officials, and professionals – the principles of Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise Communities, “Ready, Set Go” and other pre-fire prevention and mitigation messages. “That’s what this conference is all about,” he said.