Seats available at October 18-19 NFPA wildfire mitigation seminar in Bangor, Maine

Blog Post created by michelesteinberg Employee on Oct 6, 2016

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Maine State Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson, a longtime Firewise advocate, invites wildfire specialists, fire fighters, planners, and anyone with interest and commitment to take advantage of an open seat at no charge at an upcoming classroom training in Bangor, Maine. Contact Kent at kent.nelson@maine.gov before close of business on Friday, October 14 to secure your seat at the Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone training on October 18-19, 2016.


According to Kent, "the participants so far consist of Maine Forest Rangers, local firefighters and one community planner. We have also extended an invitation to local insurance company professionals." The course is aimed at wildfire mitigation specialists, fire service professionals and others who want to work with communities to reduce brush, grass and forest fire risks to homes and neighborhoods. Experienced wildland firefighter and longtime instructor Pat Durland will be teaching this hands-on seminar that includes classroom and field exercises.


The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has had positive experiences with the seminar in the past. According to Kent, the department helped sponsor a seminar in Scarborough, back in 2009, a region which has become very engaged in Firewise activities, boasting eight Firewise Communities, one of which received a “1000 safer places award” in 2014. The Department's sponsorship is enabling free classroom registration and lunches, although students are responsible for their own lodging and other meals. The training facility is owned by the Maine Army National Guard and was built recently and has state-of-the-art computers and projectors.


Kent says that the location of the field portion of the course is a small community around Holbrook Lake in nearby Holden, Maine. Most of the houses were built 40 to 50 years ago and located on a narrow, gravel road (photo above). The surrounding forest is primarily softwood and there was a timber harvest within a year or so that has left a lot of slash along the ½ mile long,  narrow road in.  Possible ignition sources nearby include an elementary school and railroad tracks.


See the attached flyer for more details, and be sure to contact Kent Nelson by October 14 if you want to take advantage of this valuable training opportunity. To bring the seminar to your area, contact NFPA's Rob Machado at rmachado@nfpa.org or 617-984-7540.