NFPA was an exhibitor at the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact’s “Winter/Training and Awareness” meeting at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland, ME on January 24th-26th. There were 150 attendees at the meeting with attendees coming from states across the Northeast including; Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York from the US. Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island from Canada. Agencies represented at the meeting included the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US National Park Service and many state and local fire departments including FDNY.
Some of the topics covered at the meeting included topics that affected wildland firefighter safety, physiology and stress, and fitness. Other topics included new fire reporting and mapping applications. Dr. Steven Pyne from the School of Life Sciences Arizona State University and published author presented about “Fire History and Management of Fire”.
It was a great opportunity for firefighters from across the border to connect and share experiences, information, knowledge, and develop plans to share resources. It was a wonderful opportunity for the NFPA to share resources and information and learn what our stakeholders need.