NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division provides information and resources through the Firewise Communities Program and Fire Adapted Communities initiative (both co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service), education, training, conferences, workshops and courses to communities in high risk areas to help residents reduce their risk of wildfire damage to homes and property.
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
This policy document includes a set of guidelines that address the following priorities:
Priority # 1: Safe and effective response to wildfires including enhanced wildfire response preparedness with emphasis on both structural protection and wildfire prevention to maximize the effectiveness of initial response.
Priority # 2: Vegetation and fuels management through design and prioritization. Including the increased use of wildland fire to meet resource management objectives and expanding methods to improve forest and rangeland resiliency.
Priority #3: Homeowner and community engagement to take proactive measures prior to a wildfire event.
Priority #4: Utilizing programs tailored to local needs which seek to prevent human-caused ignitions.
Beyond these general guidelines, four national maps have been developed to help with strategic prioritization of effort across the nation. Throughout the rest of the week, I plan to explore these spatial tools and their relevance to the above listed priorities.
Join your neighbors and colleagues and make an invaluable contribution to wildfire preparedness on May 3, 2014 - apply for a $500 neighborhood project funding award to implement a project that reduces the risk of wildfire, the impact(s) of a recent wildfire, or advances preparedness efforts at the local level. Project funding generously provided by State Farm Insurance. Visit the website to apply and while you're there check out the promotional resources.
Demonstrate your commitment to wildfire preparednessby adding your May 3 project to the nationwide event map. It’s easy to do and in less than two minutes you’ll be able to proudly share your community’s project. Join others throughout the nation making their communities a safer place!
As the buzz grows about the first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, I can easily envision the creative wheels busily turning at fire departments, forestry agencies and Firewise Communities everywhere, as they start planning inspiring activities for their May 3, 2014 events.
We constantly learn about innovative ideas being implemented to engage residents in reducing their wildfire risk, and I’m positive we’ll be awed this spring when success stories are told and retold about community accomplishments, and the resulting social capital.
Invest 45 minutes on Tuesday, February 25 at 10am MST and discover what can be achieved on May 3 in your community! Here’s the adobeconnect link, add it to your calendar now, and join others throughout the nation making their communities a safer place. Visit www.WildfirePrepDay.org for more information.
There's apparently more to social media than merely posting and receiving mundane status updates. Take Superstorm Sandy and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, for example, when crucial information from victims and emergency agencies was found on Facebook, Twitter, and other channels.
As the public increasingly turns to social media during emergencies, actions and conversations are taking place that aim to bolster the use of these tools. The latest cover story in NFPA Journal highlights these efforts, including major endeavors by the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NFPA. For instance, an NFPA task group comprised of committee members from NFPA 1600, Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, is attempting to develop language on social media use for the standard's 2016 edition.
"If social media is able to push out emergency information to critical audiences, we have to be able to use all of these tools," says Jo Robertson, chair of the NFPA 1600 task group. "Social media use is a reality. We all have to get past the notion that this is something we can ignore."
Get more details in the latest edition of NFPA Journal, which includes tips on social media use during all stages of an emergency and incidents of social media informing and misinforming. Also, add comments to a LinkedIn group discussing how the public and private sector are using social media.
It's January 2014 and the Firewise Challenge has officially come to a close! Thanks to all of the communities who renewed their status and welcome to the communities that are new to the program in 2013.
We know everyone is excited to learn who won the challenge so stay tuned for the official announcement the week of February 3. The announcement will be made on our Fire Break blog, on the web and through social media.
While the official cut-off date for the renewals for the Challenge was December 31, NFPA will still be accepting applications through February 15...but remember, the applications and renewals we receive after December 31 will not count towards the Firewise Challenge. However, your Firewise Communities/USA recognition status will be valid through 2014. Login and renew your Firewise status here.
To celebrate your achievements of 2013 please join us for a Firewise Toast on March 1, 2014.
The Wildland Fire Operations Division is pleased to announce that Lucian Deaton has joined their team as senior project manager. Based at the NFPA field office in Denver, Colorado, Deaton will will be the manager of the public outreach efforts of the Division, including the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities programs.
NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division works with organizations across the country and around the globe to raise awareness of wildfire and what residents can do to help prevent loss of lives and property in their community.
Before coming to NFPA, Deaton served as the wildland fire program manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), responsible for the development and implementation of the National Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and various partners. Previously, he worked in government relations at both IAFC and the National Association of Police Organizations.
We are excited to have him join the NFPA family, congratulations Lucian!