Firefighters who want to know more about how to protect homes from wildfire will have a chance to learn, free of charge. NFPA is offering 175 scholarships to fire service personnel to attend its two-day seminar, "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone ." DHS/FEMA has provided a Fire Prevention & Safety Grant to NFPA to cover registration, travel, meals and lodging for eligible participants. If your department has been looking for the opportunity to learn the most effective ways to help residents make changes to their homes to be more resilient in the event of a wildfire, now is your opportunity to attend!
The seminar will be offered in five locations across the country starting in March. It teaches attendees the science behind wildland fire property loss and how to advise property owners about effective mitigation measures to protect their homes. The scholarships are funded through a nearly $360,000 DHS/FEMA grant, which covers not only participant registration and class materials, but also lodging, travel and meals.
The locations and dates of these seminars are:
1. March 22-23, at the Doubletree Hilton in Sacramento, California
2. April 14-15 at the Doubletree Suites in Phoenix, Arizona
3. April 22-23 at the Residence Inn Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4. May 5-6 at the Courtyard Portland Downtown/Convention Center in Portland, Oregon
5. May 20-21 at theThe Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection in Spokane, Washington
Each seminar is limited to 35 students, and is taught by wildland fire specialists who have helped develop the course, understand the related NFPA standards, and have direct experience in the field. By participating in this 2-day training, you will also be able to achieve educational credits including CFEs from the Society of American Foresters and 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For a nominal fee, you can opt to take NFPA39's new Certificate of Educational Achievement online exam to demonstrate proficiency in understanding the seminar topics.
The seminar will provide expert training that will enable you to assess wildfire risks and help develop mitigation measures with your local communities using collaborative problem-solving techniques. Materials included in the seminar, including NFPA 1141 and NFPA 1144, will enable you to develop an assessment for residents in your community that outlines their challenges and strengths, and helps them plan to create effective solutions for their wildfire risks.
Priority will be given to members of local volunteer and paid fire departments. Eligible applicants also include state employees engaged in wildfire mitigation or response and tribal fire service members. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis so it is important to apply right away. Apply today for your opportunity to attend this one of these seminars!
(Bottom photo submitted by Genesee Firewise Community of local wildland firefighter partners.)