NFPA Journal column reflects on the value of social behavior research in the WUI

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Nov 17, 2015

Wildfire cover photo NFPA Journal Nov15 Wildfirewatch ColumnThe November/December NFPA Journal is out and in its latest WildfireWatch column, I highlight the important role of social behavioral research on considerations in the wildland-urban-interface. 

For some backstory, I had the pleasure of attending the NFPA Research Foundation’s July 2015 WUI fire research planning workshop in Denver.  It brought together various research, policy, and operations professionals to identify research trends and needs in WUI understanding and standards scope.

Structural and operation considerations are always part of research but the workshop illuminated for me the importance of social behavioral research and the legitimacy it lends to preparedness messaging. 

The column explores the evolution of WUI social behavioral research since the early 2000’s and argue for the value of presenting the data to the most important audience: the resident in the WUI.

NFPA Journal November 2015 CoverWildfire is highlighted in three additional features in the Nov/Dec NFPA Journal and I encourage you to read these great pieces as well.  In the edition, NFPA’s Jesse Roman: 

1)  Reviews “The Year in Wildfire” and shares 6 big takeaways from the 2015 wildfire season; 

2)  Looks at the local focus in a groundbreaking NFPA study on how municipal fire departments are handling the wildfire burden; and 

3) Spends time with fire scientist Dr. Jack Cohen on new research into how wildfire spreads, and how the findings could produce more reliable models to anticipate wildfire behavior.