Lauren Depew

July Wildfire Watch column finds a more desirable viewpoint on national wildfire issues

Blog Post created by Lauren Depew Employee on Jul 14, 2014

Wildfire WatchIn the latest issue of NFPA Journal's Wildfire Watch column, "Up in the Air,” I take aim at the PowerPoint centric discourse of national wildfire policy, while those in the field see policy play out in front of them in real time. 

I explain that in any industry, we should ask ourselves what tools define our viewpoint and if there is a better tool out where our industry is occurring.  And what would that more desirable viewpoint be?  The view from a Cessna 182, high above Okeechobee, FL, and the lessons learned from a pilot with the Florida Forest Service scouting for smoke on the horizon.  

Read the full Wildfire Watch column in this month's NFPA Journal to hear more about the value of viewpoints and what this more desirable viewpoint, from up in the clouds, might teach us.  

-Lucian Deaton

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