Forestry professional to help expand wildfire safety nationwide
December 1, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Hylton Haynes associate project manager of its Firewise Communities Program. Haynes will assist NFPA in engaging state and local governments and residents about Firewise programs and wildfire safety issues.
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“Hylton’s broad experience as a forester and wildland firefighter is a valuable asset to our Firewise program and will complement our outreach efforts,” says Firewise program manager Michele Steinberg. “As a key member of the Firewise team, Hylton’s skills and expertise will help us greatly in furthering our wildfire safety mission.”
NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program includes over 750 member communities across the United States that continue their efforts to reduce local wildfire vulnerability and prevent loss of lives and property from wildfire.
“Wildfire activity across the country has increased tremendously in the last few years and Firewise plays an important role in helping communities address their risk for wildfire damage,” said Haynes. “I look forward to contributing to the expansion of NFPA’s Firewise program and working with our partner organizations and agencies to help residents take the next steps to protect their communities against a wildfire threat.”
Before coming to NFPA, Haynes worked for the New England Forestry Foundation and the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he served as an area forester, a forest engineer, and a forestry supervisor. A native of South Africa, Haynes holds degrees from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Stellenbosch University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He comes to NFPA with extensive wildland firefighting experience.
The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires. Firewise is a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.
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Program Contact: Michele Steinberg, +1 617 984-7487