Based on my past two years of visiting with our state forestry partners, fire officials, and communities, a common theme emerged: “What do you have for youth?” The way I look at it, it’s not just about wanting to provide entertaining activities for kids at fairs and exhibits (though these things are awareness-raisers), it’s the recognition among all of the stakeholders in the WUI fire problem that unless we do things differently, our society will continue to see homes lost from wildfire.
It’s time to help the next generations learn about the natural phenomenon of fire and how they can live with it compatibly and safely. These future decision-makers need to know how to keep fire in mind when choosing where and how to live on the landscape.
NFPA seeks to harness some of the abundant energy of those educators and creative thinkers already working with pre-schoolers, teens, college students – the whole range of the youth audience – to integrate wildland fire safety education where it fits, and create relevant curricula and programming where it does not exist.
If you’d like to take part in this exciting opportunity at NFPA, please check out the detailed job description and send us your resume. We look forward to hearing from you.