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+*NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division is seeking educational session presentations for the 2013 Backyards & Beyond Wildfire Education Conference where a widely diverse audience of leading wildfire experts, emergency responders, community planners, Firewise® community representatives, residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others come together to network and share
best practices.


Submit your presentation onlineby Monday, December 31, 2012 and share your expertise and story on key wildfire issues under any of the following topics:

    • Community Safety Approaches and Strategies

    • Home Construction & Landscape Design

    • Research (Physical, Social, Ecology and Environmental)

    • Technology, Policy & Regulations

    • Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations

Rist Canyon Festival Day

This past June, the High Park Fire in Colorado impacted residents of the Rist Canyon VFD, Glacier View FPD, Poudre Canyon FPD and Poudre Fire Authority. The fire destroyed 259 homes over 87,200 acres and is the most destructive fire in the history of Larimer County. Although supported by surrounding fire agencies, state and federal assistance when called upon, Rist Canyon has an all volunteer fire department including the fire chief, firefighters, administration (Board of Directors) and others. Rist Canyon VFD is not a fire protection district, does not receive tax funds and does not charge for any emergency responses.

So it brings to question, where does the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department receive its funding for their resources and equipment. This close-knit community comes together and makes individual donations and holds a special fund raising event, the RCVFD Mountain Festival and Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction (made possible by the generosity of many artists), the Sunday before Labor Day weekend. The festival becomes a gathering place for all ages with lots of activities including the auction, where this year they raised $110,000 up from $40,000 last year. Although the
auction is the highlight of the festival, the residents are very creative as well to raise additional funds. One couple whose husband is a firefighter, were among those that found themselves sifting through the ruins of their home. All they found were remnants of the husband’s woodcarvings and stubble of a rhubarb plant. The couple nurtured that plant until there was enough stalk to make a pie. That pie was auctioned off and raised $1,000 at the festival. Two young children donated over $250 in tip money from working a food stand and other couple raised $5,000 by having a band play in their backyard. The list goes on in the creative ways this community supports its all volunteer fire department and will go a long way to support the firefighters and help to rebuild one of their fire stations lost during the High Park Fire. 
Register Early to Save

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise Communities Program has opened registration for the 2011 Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference.

Registration for the ever-popular 2-day Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone Workshop and Conference is available online, through the mail, by fax or phone.  Visit NFPA’s registration page for more information.

The workshop will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 – 26 by Jack Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, USDA Forest Service and Gary Marshall, Firewise Regional Advisor.

The Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference will be held Thursday, October 27 through Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the DoubleTree Hotel Denver, Colorado offering over 50 breakout sessions in five educational tracks. The conference offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and explore key issues, and brings together leading wildland fire experts, Firewise® community representatives, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others to share best-practices that can be taken back to communities or the workplace.

 - Cheryl

The first Nor Cal Fire Prevention Expo was held May 14 and 15 at the Jennifer Skuce Pavilion in McArthur, California. The event was sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Fire Safe Council and the US Department of the Interior. Residents that came to the expo learned about NFPA’s Firewise Communities program, fire resistant plants and construction materials that can help homeowners build safer homes from wildland fires. It also provided an opportunity to have one on one discussions with residents about the program, what home improvement projects they were working on or already had completed and in turn residents were able to ask questions of the wildland fire experts.

Children were able to meet Smokey Bear, go through the Cal Fire trailer to learn about E.D.I.T.H (exit drills in the home), the importance of crawling low in smoke, early warning systems and check out the fire apparatus on display and visit with the fire fighters.

Firewise Booth at Nor Cal Expo

For anyone who wasn’t able to attend the expo and would like to learn about Firewise and order free brochures, books, and DVDs, visit the Firewise Catalog.


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