In the last few years you've seen us post information about our popular two-day Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) course, aimed at professionals in emergency response, insurance, community planning and development, and urban and wildland conservation who can benefit from an in-depth understanding of the theory of wildfire losses and mitigation concepts. This year, thanks to Fire Prevention & Safety Grant funding from DHS/FEMA, we were able to extend this course to additional U.S. locations (Phoenix, Sacramento, Oklahoma City, Portland OR, and Spokane) and fund the travel and participation of local fire service members. (Learn what participants had to say about the course and their experience.)
This week the course comes to NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, MA. Led by veteran instructor, Gary Marshall, the two-day event welcomes 25 firefighters from states such as Virginia, Montana, Oregon, Washington and right here in Massachusetts to participate in discussions and training around today's wildfire hazards. During the course, the participants are getting a chance to go off-site to learn the nuts and bolts of a home assessment and they're also discussing and sharing the challenges they and other local fire departments face with wildland/urban interface fire threats and residents who need to know how to protect their homes.
NFPA is happy to have been able to make this course a reality for these firefighters and we're honored to have them here on our own campus. Welcome!
If you'd like more information about hosting an HIZ course in your area, please visit www.nfpa.org/HIZ today and we'll be happy to help!