NFPA's Conference & Expo 2014, Las Vegas, NV
Dispatches from Mandalay – As the first full day of NFPA C&E comes to a close, we want to share with you two well received wildland fire presentations from Monday morning.
Recent research into the vulnerability of attic and foundation vents against wind-blown embers was discussed by Steve Quarles, Senior Scientist, and Murray Morrison, Research Engineer, both with the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). Post-fire surveys of destroyed and damaged buildings have indicated that ember entry through vents have resulted in structural ignitions. Quarles and Morrison shared with the audience results of experiments conducted earlier this year at the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina that evaluated the vulnerability of vents in structures to wind-blown embers. Learn more about what you can do to make vents around homes less vulnerable to embers.
Later in the morning, Viejas, CA, Fire Chief Donald Butz, and Sheryl Landrum, District Manager of the RCD/Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, gave attendees a step-by-step plan for preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. They shared their experiences on community outreach, plan development, and focused sustainment.
Learn more about the CWPP process and how your community can benefit from this preparedness approach.
Monday evening saw a packed crowd on the exhibit show floor. Booth #438 has information and resources from The Firewise Communities Program; NFPA's Wildland Fire Division; the National Ready, Set, Go! Program; research from IBHS; and Fire Adapted Communities. Come visit us on the show floor and we’ll share more news here about the booth on Tuesday.