As wildfire risk to people and property continues to be a growing international problem, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) formalized a relationship with the United Kingdom’s Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to help increase public awareness of wildfire risk throughout the UK.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the three organizations provides an opportunity for collaboration on WUI education and risk management programs both in the U.S. and abroad. CFOA will specifically look at NFPA's Firewise Communities and IAFC's Ready, Set, Go! programs with an eye towards the potential adoption of a similar approach in the UK and Europe.
The announcement will be highlighted at IAFC's WUI 2014 conference in Reno, Nevada, March 17 - 19. Alan Clark, Area Commander for the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, West Command, will make the journey across the Atlantic to attend, joining NFPA, IAFC and other wildfire organizations to share research, best practices and important lessons concerning the creation of more fire adapted communities worldwide. According to Alan, the West of Surrey is an area of high fire risk in the County.
Read the full press release for details of the agreement.
As NFPA's president, Jim Shannon, has stated recently, wildland fire is not just an American problem but an international one. NFPA is excited about the opportunity to work with these two great organizations on a common goal - one of reducing losses associated with wildfire.
Learn more about NFPA's international role in wildfire safety on our "wildfire around the world page" on NFPA's website.