The NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond® Conference is at Myrtle Beach           We’re here We’re Here!

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Oct 20, 2015

The NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond® pre-conference GIS class and Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) training have started today. Individuals from NIST, state forestry, regional fire, insurance, homeowners and more are enjoying the pre-conference classes.

Dr. Jack Cohen, USDA Forest Service and Pat Durland, Stone Creek Fire are teaching this year’s

Jack Cohen HIZ
Dr. Jaqck Cohen teaching HIZ training. Photo by Faith Berry

Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone training. This updated class features information about new research about how homes can ignite during a wildfire and what steps can be taken to reduce the risk of sustaining loss during one of these events.


An exciting addition to NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond Conference pre-conference classes is the GIS class, Prepare, Mitigate and
 Respond with GIS
, taught by three ESRI teachers including Mike Price, Jennifer Schottke and Chris Ferner.  This intermediate GIS class explored GIS techniques that can be used to write and implement an effective Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).  Mapping assets at risk, home construction/condition, wildfire history, vegetation/fuels class and condition, topography and more can help assessors create a CWPP that more accurately identifies areas of risk within a community and defines steps to mitigate that risk.  Students attending these classes shared with staff how excited they are to share what they are learning with others.

Mike Price teaching at ESRI GIS training. Photo by Faith Berry