Conferences are more than just exhibitor interaction and agency networking – which this year’s Backyards & Beyond Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, has in great value – but are also solid educational opportunities for you to learn new ideas and bring them back to enhance your local efforts.
This year’s conference has over 50 educational sessions on that Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, covering topics like community safety approaches; wildfire suppression and operations; social and ecological research; new technology; and policy adoption.
Keynote presentations will focus on fire response; building relationships; the developing WUI; data use; and insurance incentives in the WUI.
The value of educational offerings at Backyards & Beyond is known by others as well.
Gary Marshall, Retired Deputy Fire Chief, Bend, Oregon, shared with me that:
“This conference has a great variety of education for everyone, from the Firefighter to Elected Officials or from the Homeowner to the Land Developer. The quantity of short presentations allows each participant to attend varied educational tracks to return home with a plethora of knowledge about wildfire and what steps can be done to mitigate and prevent the devastation to homeowners, businesses and communities."
I also had the opportunity to hear from Jeff Shapiro, resident of the Jester Estates Firewise Community in Austin, Texas. Sharing from the homeowner prospective, he explained that:
“The conference is a one stop shop for a Firewise Community leader to get the latest information on how to start and grow a successful local program. There’s no better venue for national experts and local community leaders to network and exchange ideas.”
Register today to attend Backyards & Beyond 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC, and gain valuable knowledge for the work you do every day in keeping communities safer from wildfire.