By Michele Steinberg
NFPA's annual Conference & Exposition (C&E for short) will be held in Chicago this year from June 22-25. In spite of its midwestern urban location, this year's conference is loaded with education sessions of interest to wildland fire safety practitioners, mitigation specialists, engineers, fire fighters and researchers.
Relevant education sessions on these topics run back-to-back on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24, including:
- Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project: They Did What? - 6/23 8-9 am - a case study of one municipality's success in public support of fees to conduct wildfire mitigation
- The Environmental Impact of Fire - 6/23 9:30-10:30 am - research results from a Fire Protection Research Foundation study on a broad array of impacts from structural and WUI fire
- The 2013 California Rim Fire: Lessons Learned - 6/23 11 am - 12:30 pm - the third-largest fire in California history is explored, including examples of extreme fire behavior
- The Wildland-Urban Interface: Pathways for Building Fire Spread- 6/24 9:30-10:30 am - research results regarding what's needed to inform future codes for structure and community safety
- Fire Protection Design in the Wildland-Urban Interface - 6/24 11 am - noon - a fire protection engineering perspective on how to implement safer designs in wildfire-prone areas
Presenters' experience and backgrounds include wildfire mitigation, fire fighting and suppression, fire protection engineering, academic research and municipal government.
Check out the conference website for more information, including registration and schedule.