Register now for NFPA's Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day training in San Antonio, part of NFPA's annual Conference & Expo featured education. The class will take place on June 18-19 concurrent with the conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This class will provide valuable skills and knowledge to help you in your wildfire safety mission.
Learn the science behind how homes ignite from wildfire. More importantly, find out the best ways to advise property owners about actions that will help prevent ignition and reduce the chances of home destruction during a brush or forest fire.
Wildfires happen in the central, south and eastern United States, and Texas is no stranger to deadly, destructive fires. The Bastrop County Complex Fire in 2011, just outside Austin, took the lives of four residents, destroyed 1,673 homes and inflicted an estimated $325 million of insured property damage. It also severely damaged Bastrop State Park and the ancient Lost Pines Forest.
Discover what others have learned. According to one captain/paramedic, “I thought I wanted to learn about structure triage. What I got was a new mindset concerning how to approach wildland fire (operational) and people (social).” Another fire captain commented, “I am better prepared to assess WUI properties and communicate hazards to community members.”
Image credit: Nick Pivaroff. Students in Orange County, California, examine a home for wildfire risks.