Collaboration between fire agencies and public health required for looming wildfire season

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on May 18, 2020

As summer brings the threat of uncontrolled wildfire to many US states, the just released edition of NFPA Journal explores the challenge of fighting wildfires while also deterring coronavirus outbreaks in both operational camps and local evacuee shelters.


Dave Shew, with the NFPA Wildfire Division, co-authored the piece and shared with me that, "It's been less than two years since our experience with the mass evacuation in the Camp Fire in Butte County.  We know what happened with the norovirus outbreaks in local shelters, and we need to factor that knowledge into our preparedness for the upcoming wildfire season."


Learn more from the article about how wildland firefighting agencies and public health agencies at every level of government will need to work collaboratively over this summer and fall through a difficult economic environment to protect firefighters and the public from both threats. 


If you are looking for additional guidance on what you can do around your home now to help wildland firefighters in the event of a fire, check out the second half of this recent Fire Break blog.  


As we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage.

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