From March through June, nearly 175 fire service personnel participated in NFPA’s Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone seminar. This important two-day classroom offering enables students to identify wildfire risks to homes and other structures as well as options for protective actions. It also teaches them how to communicate this information effectively to property owners. Thanks to a generous grant from FEMA, students were able to attend free of charge at six locations: Sacramento, CA; Portland, OR; Oklahoma City, OK; Phoenix, AZ; Spokane, WA; and most recently at the Quincy, Massachusetts headquarters of NFPA. NFPA board member Tonya Hoover who has also been the State Fire Marshal for California in Sacramento stopped by and welcomed the Quincy, Massachusetts class.
NFPA’s FEMA grant funded Home Ignition Zone Seminar was taught to fire service personnel from across the United States. Fire service personnel attending came from Virginia, Oregon, Washington State, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, California, Ohio and other states from across the United States. One student shared, "Thanks for supporting our efforts with Firewise. Making it no cost for me to attend with FEMA grant funding allowed me to attend." Other students shared how it would help them in their communities and help their fire departments.
The two-day seminar has been recently updated to include new research and videos from Jack Cohen, wildfire research scientist with the US Forest Service and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). The good news is that after completing this training, students can identify how to make changes that make a difference and how to effectively communicate this information to others.
Photo of the Quincy, Massachusetts class at the NFPA Conference Center by Faith Berry
Map showing areas where fire service students came from created by NFPA staff