NFPA Journal column reflects on wildfire responder LODD

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Jan 15, 2015

Wildfire cover photo NFPA Journal Jan15 WildfireWatch columnThe January/February NFPA Journal is out and in its latest WildfireWatch column, I reflect on the risk responders face from wildfire.  The tragic line-of-duty death of a wildfire tanker plane pilot fighting a blaze in California last September brings the article into focus.  

For some backstory, A few events over the fall brought the issue of responder safety to the forefront.  This fatal crash, a Firewise virtual workshop we held in October on wildfire from the view of the responder, and a visit I made to the National Wildland Firefighters Monument in October, all reminded me of the great responsibility communities have to address wildfire, not only for their own safety, but also for those who serve and protect them.