Several times every year, Lucien Deaton, manager of the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities Programs for NFPA, travels around the United States to meet those who use the programs to teach the public about the risk of wildfires.
In the current fiscal environment, he says, these partners are being asked to do more with less funding and smaller staffs, even as people continue to move into the wildland/urban interface. With state budgets for prevention and preparedness shrinking and the demand for investment in land management growing, we must help our partners ensure that they can apply the right resources to the landscape before it’s too late.
Fortunately, advocating for prevention and preparedness through economic ups and downs is not foreign to NFPA or to local fire departments, state agencies, code officials, fire marshals, and residents.
“Our role, and that of Firewise,” he says in his column "The State of the States” in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, is to ensure the value of prevention and to advocate tirelessly for its adoption.”
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