NFPA has six regional directors that promote adoption of NFPA codes and standards by state and local authorities, attend code hearings and legislative sessions, coordinate activities with key constituencies, and identify processes where NFPA's services can improve fire, building, and life safety. They also support research and educational activities and on Saturday May 2, Ray Bizal the southwest regional director that covers AZ, CA, CO. HI, KS, NM, NV and UT attended Wildfire Community Preparedness Day events hosted by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. Each event was held at a fire station, where neighbors were invited to learn more about protecting their homes in the Wildland/Urban Interface. Presentations provided information about the Firewise Communities/USA program and the LAFD vegetation management program.
Accompanied by LAFD Battalion Chief Alicia Welch, Bizal attended events throughout the day that were scheduled at Fire Station 12 in Highland Park/Arroyo Seco, Fire Station 19 in Brentwood and Fire Station 98 in Pacoima where the U.S. Forest Service staff from the Angeles National Forest also attended.
Bizal said, "The outreach was fantastic, and those that attended walked away with information about living safely in wildfire prone areas."
The city of Los Angeles is home to the Santa Monica Mountains, with more than 140,000 residential parcels in an urban interface landscape. The Los Angeles Fire Dept is responsible for inspecting those parcels each year. One of the LAFD goals this year is to actively engage residents living in their wildland/urban interface communities to get involved in the Firewise Communities/USA program.