Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone
Saturday, June 5 and Sunday June 6
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Instructors: Randy Bradley, Chief, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, CA, and Pat Durland, Wildland/Urban Interface and Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Expert
There are many myths surrounding wildfires, including the notion that nothing can be done to protect homes in the face of a wildfire. Join us on June 5 and 6 for "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" and learn about the many ways that you can assist homeowners and communities to increase the survivability of homes and structures in wildland/urban areas.
Our goal in this workshop is to provide fire service personnel, planners, developers, insurance professionals and homeowners with information on wildfire ignition hazards that will enable them to recognize specific hazards, develop mitigation strategies, and recommend appropriate measures that may reduce those hazards using a house-by-house approach. Individuals with basic information about individual Home Ignition Zone assessment will be prepared to work with community and neighborhood groups to conduct the community-level assessments required by the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program.
To accomplish this goal, we will provide you a basic understanding of wildfire behavior that causes structure ignitions. We will discuss exterior and construction hazards that place homes at risk, and how to apply risk assessment methods as presented in NFPA 1144, Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire. You will learn how to recommend corrective action to reduce the risk of home ignition, and how to apply safety measures for new construction and community design.
This workshop is structured to allow for plenty of classroom discussion and Q&A. There are numerous activities where you will have a chance to perform home ignition zone evaluations, so you can practice what you have learned. You will also receive great reference material to take home.
Randy Bradley is the Fire Chief of the California Moraga-Orinda Fire District. Chief Bradley has responded to numerous wildland urban interface fires as a firefighter, company officer, strike team leader and as a member of incident management teams. He has over 18 years of experience developing national standards on protecting communities from wildfires and is currently Chair of NFPA’s Technical Committee on Forest and Rural Fire Protection. He earned his Masters Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor Degrees in Public Administration and Organizational Behavior. He is a certified California Chief Fire Officer, Master Instructor, a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
Pat Durland has nearly 30 years of experience in all aspects of wildland fire management. He worked for three federal agencies including the Department of the Interior. He has served as a wildland firefighter, incident operations team member, and a regional fire and aviation manager. Pat completed his career with the Department of the Interior as national program leader for wildland/urban interface and wildland fire prevention and education. Pat was a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Wildland/Urban Interface Working Team for 12 years and managed the team’s direction and program of work as chair and vice-chair.
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