Training on wildfire hazards around homes helps us live less dangerously

Blog Post created by michelesteinberg Employee on Mar 17, 2015

On March 22-23, 2015, more than 35 wildfire safety professionals will participate in NFPA's newly revised Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone seminar at a pre-conference session at the IAFC WUI Conference in Reno, Nevada. What's learned in this classroom will go a long way toward helping people in high risk areas live less dangerously from wildfire. 

The seminar was developed to help increase an understanding and competency in wildland/urban interface fire mitigation for wildfire mitigation professionals, focusing on assessing risks to individual homes in wildland, forested, or grassland areas. By enabling trusted experts such as fire fighters and forestry specialists to confidently assess the ignition potential of homes, they will be instrumental in encouraging residents to take corrective mitigation measures to prevent wildfire disasters.

The newly revised seminar comes with the opportunity for students to take an exam to earn a Certificate of Educational Achievement from NFPA. Being able to show that their training has helped them meet critical learning objectives about wildfire and home ignition potential is one way to build credibility within the wildfire industry, the fire service, and among the public about the value of wildfire mitigation action. 

Living less dangerously from wildfire, for some, may simply be a matter of learning what can be done, easily and inexpensively, around the home to minimize ignition potential. If a home doesn't ignite, it can't burn. Using fire science research, including captivating footage of ember experiments thanks to the IBHS Research Center, this training will help spread accurate, actionable information about preventing wildfire disasters to the people who live with the risk.