If you're a fire service professional who would like to learn more about the science of how homes ignite during a wildfire but your department has limited resources at this time for you to host a training, now is the time to apply. NFPA is offering three FEMA funded trainings in 2018 called "Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire (ASIP)." The trainings for ASIP (formerly known as HIZ, or high ignition zones) will address the science of how homes ignite during a wildfire, and how you can share that knowledge with homeowners who want to improve their wildfire safety.
The application period for the first class, which will be held in San Diego, California on February 6-7 is now open, and is limited to 35 students. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis; you must be working for a local or state department as a fire service professional to qualify. For accepted applicants, the funding will cover all costs of the training, including materials, lodging and travel.
The skills you gain will enable you to share with residents in your community about how they can better prepare their families, homes, and properties from wildfire. There will be two other training opportunities in 2018, including one in Denver, Colorado, April 24-25, and another at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts, May 8-9. The application period for the Denver training will open on February 12; the application period for Quincy will open on March 19.
Students who have taken the training have told us how it has helped them not only be able to better share with their community members what their risks are, but also to make suggestions about how they can take simple steps to make their homes safer in the event of a wildfire. According to a student who participated in our Santa Fe training, “The training is fantastic. Having the science foundations makes the class more viable!”