NFPA Journal welcomes Lucien Deaton, new manager the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities Programs for NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division. Lucien comes to NFPA after eight years with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the last three of which he spent developing the national model of the Ready, Set, Go! Program created by California’s Ventura County Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority to connect firefighters with the residents they serve on wildfire preparedness outreach.
Among the things he learned working on the Ready, Set, Go! Program—and that he's bringing to his new position—is that wildfire preparedness programs must respect a community's residents and acknowledge the reality of private home ownership while working tirelessly to ensure that residents understand and act upon the wildfire mitigation responsibility they have assumed.