Free webinar; Wildfire Urban Evacuation Modeling September 27, 2017

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Photo shared by Jeremy Oberstein Government Affairs Director, LAFD 

NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation an independent 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to research needs both domestic and international that address industry challenges in multiple areas, (including detection and signaling, hazardous materials, electrical safety, fire suppression, among other issues) is hosting a free webinar September 27 from 12:30-2:00 pm ET; Wildfire Urban Evacuation Modeling.  The webinar will share information explored in phase 1 of a research project about how to improve outcomes during evacuation processes as the result of wildfire

This study was first proposed after the Witch and Guejito Fires in San Diego County and subsequently submitted again to The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after the Fort McMurray Fire when it was approved for funding. Subsequent mega-fires resulting in a large loss of life during civilian evacuations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Portugal further emphasized the need for research to see if a tool could be developed to help people make better evacuation decisions. 

Photo shared by Jeremy Oberstein Government Affairs Director, LAFD 

The desire is to develop a tool that would help three models involved in evacuating during large wildfires better talk together.  The three models identified are 1. wildfire and smoke behavior, 2. psychological modeling (looking at human behavior), and 3. vehicle traffic flow modeling.  The research is exploring the opportunity to see if a tool can be developed to help make a system where the three models talk together to better forecast the progress of the incident and the effectiveness of pedestrian and vehicle evacuation response. Panelists involved in this study come from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and levels of expertise. Dan Gorham a project manager with the Research Foundation shared, “We are looking at the strength of the whole system and not just the individual models”.   Emergency responders, educators, community planners and incident commanders are encouraged to register and participate in this interactive webinar.