In light of the recent experience of devastating wildfires in California and the ongoing tragic loss of lives, natural habitat, and property in Australia, NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley has issued a call to action for government officials at all levels to take steps to solve the wildfire disaster problem.
Pauley’s opinion piece appeared this week in the Regulatory Review, an online regulatory news source affiliated with the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He emphasizes the need for preparedness action by individuals, neighborhoods but most importantly by government agencies with regulatory powers in “Beyond Fighting Wildfires.”
Acknowledging the long-time efforts of many stakeholders in preparedness education, Pauley states, “Voluntary action is helpful, but regulation is critical. Governing where and how we build and maintain property in areas at risk to wildfire ignition is more important than ever before.” He asserts that policymakers are uniquely capable of taking steps to reduce community wildfire risks.
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