Firefighters from across the United States including Alaska, New Jersey, Utah, Oklahoma, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington State, tribal fire departments and others were able to attend NFPA’s updated (HIZ) “Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire” in Irvine, California. The updated materials included the physics of wildfires and information about how homes can ignite and burn during a wildfire. The course involved classroom presentations with materials based upon research by Jack Cohen as well as time in the field practicing the skills learned during the classroom training.
Some of the comments from this class included;
- “ I am looking at homes in a different way now.” Fire Chief
- “This program is so valuable, it should be required training.” Fire Chief
- “I will be able to speak to homeowners more confidently feeling like I am knowledgeable enough to make the right recommendations.” Wildland Suppression Specialist
NFPA’s Wildfire Division will be hosting two additional classes this year. Firefighters will soon have the opportunity to register for classes offered in Santa Fe, New Mexico June 21-22 and Jacksonville, Florida on September 13-14. Look for your opportunity to attend on NFPA’s Firebreak newsletter and Firewise blog.