IAFC WUI, the annual wildland/urban interface fire conference put on by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, continues to grow in participation and in quality. NFPA has participated annually over its 14 year history, and this year, eight staff were on hand to network with participants who represent fire departments from around the country and the world, as well as product vendors, insurance professionals, state forestry staffs, and other wildfire mitigation and safety specialists.
At the exhibit hall in the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada, NFPA staff were on hand to answer questions about Firewise, support our partners in the Fire Adapted Communities coalition, connect with state and local wildfire safety advocates, and enjoy the networking opportunities. We delivered the Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone seminar to nearly 30 students as part of the pre-conference offering, with the opportunity for participants to earn a Certificate of Educational Achievement. And we were fortunate to be provided with a solid four-hour time slot to bring back our "What's New in the WUI" presentation featuring six NFPA staff presenters and a guest speaker from State Farm Insurance. Topics included updates on NFPA's wildland standards, insurance partnerships, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, youth programming through NFPA's TakeAction initiative, Firewise mapping and technology, NFPA's international partners in wildfire safety, fire service involvement with the NFPA standards process, and an overview of new research on fire department experience with wildland/urban interface fire incidents. As presenters, we were excited to see what looked like a "sold out" room of more than 100 participants from a wide variety of locations and disciplines.
As the conference wraps up today, staff are looking forward to following up with one another and the colleagues and partners we've seen this week.