“For years, NFPA has pushed hard through our Firewise® program for a much more active approach to reducing risk in the wildland/urban interface,” says NPFA President Jim Shannon in his "First Word" column in the most recent issue of NFPA Journal, “And we recently expanded the scope of our work with a grant from the U. S. Forest Service to launch the Fire Adapted Communities™ program.”
With the support of the Forest Service, NFPA expects the Fire Adapted Communities program to get off to a fast start. According to Shannon, however, that is not enough. The whole fire safety community should understand that this is no longer a regional or seasonal problem that can be solved by a single agency, but an issue of urgent national concern with implications for all of us.
“At NFPA,” he says, “We are not waiting for this problem to get further out of control. We are acting now.”