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The Firewise Communities Program national technical staff, in addition to Firewise state liaisons, are available for interviews during a crisis or any time you need information about wildland fire safety. For immediate media inquiries and assistance, please contact NFPA Public Affairs at +1 617 984-7275.

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NFPA releases new WUI best practices guide for planners and regulators

April 25, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the release of a new best practices guide, Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation. The guide is designed to help planners and regulators considering wildfire regulations to understand their options and implement a successful public process for adoption effective wildland/urban interface (WUI) tools that match local needs. Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation is available through NFPA’s wildland fire safety web page.

NFPA releases new wildfire DVD for small and local fire departments

April 12, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the release of a new DVD, Before the Smoke! Preparing Your Community for Wildfire (Strategies for Small & Volunteer Fire Departments). Aimed at small and volunteer fire departments in the wildland/urban interface (WUI), Before the Smoke! emphasizes the importance of relationship-building between local fire departments and residents, and how these partnerships can make a marked difference in a community’s effort to reduce its wildfire risk despite department budget cuts and limited fire suppression resources. The DVD is available at no charge through NFPA’s wildfire safety online catalog.

NFPA signs Memorandum of Understanding with South Africa’s FFA Non Profit Company

March 26, 2013

NFPA announces first Colorado Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service

March 19, 2013

Firewise Communities today announced its first Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service to be piloted in Colorado on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Fire Adapted Communities coalition announces release of wildfire report and video

March 15, 2013

The Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Coalition has announced the release of a new report, “Lessons from Waldo Canyon” and a companion video, “Creating Fire Adapted Communities: A Case Study from Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Fire.” Both the video and report will be available through the Fire Adapted Communities website on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

5th Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference slated for Salt Lake City

January 25, 2013

Registration for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 5th Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference is now available online. The conference will be held November 14 – 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah where experts and stakeholders will gather to discuss wildfire safety issues and best practices for reducing risks. With more than 50 breakout sessions in five educational tracks, the Backyards and Beyond conference offers leading wildland fire experts, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects, and physical and social researchers and scientists an opportunity to build relationships and explore answers to important wildland fire safety questions that can be taken back to communities and the workplace.

Firewise launches national wildfire safety challenge for communities

January 16, 2013

The Firewise® Communities Program announced its new national wildfire safety challenge for communities. The “1,000 Safer Places: Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program Challenge” encourages residents across the country to take steps to combat the threat of wildfire and reduce the damage fire can do to homes and property.

Firewise Communities Program tops 800th community mark

November 16, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program today reached a milestone in announcing the 800th community to earn recognition as a Firewise Communities/USA® site. Vansant Mobile Home Park #2 in Cullman County, Alabama, is the latest neighborhood to take action to improve residents’ safety from threats posed by brush, grass and forest fires. And it’s the first to showcase the efforts of a state forestry staffer whose commitment included her own investment in mitigation work on her property.

New Firewise Success Story from Oregon

October 26, 2012

The small town of Sisters sits in the middle of the state of Oregon, surrounded by the Cascade Mountains. In the past decade, the population has doubled to over 2,000 residents, making fire safety more important than ever. On August 5, 2012, a lightning storm passed over the area igniting at least 17 separate fires. Captain Matt Cyrus of the Cloverdale Fire Protection District was first on the scene at his family property, where one of the fires was burning.

Aron Anderson joins NFPA Fire Adapted Communities initiative

October 15, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Aron Anderson planner of its Fire Adapted Communities® (FAC) initiative. Anderson will assist NFPA in providing technical support of its FAC web content, conducting research and developing and providing technical training. He is located in NFPA’s Denver, Colorado field office.