NFPA to sponsor 4th Backyards and Beyond wildland fire conference

Published on March 14, 2011
Wildland Fire Operations Division seeks speakers on wildfire safety and mitigation

March 14, 2011 – The Wildland Fire Operations Division (WFOD) of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is looking for presenters to speak on wildfire-related issues for its 4th Backyards and Beyond wildland fire conference, October 27-29, 2011, in Denver, CO. The deadline for presentation proposals is April 18. Currently, 667 active communities are involved in NFPA’s Firewise program in an effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.

The conference offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and bring together some of the nation’s leading wildfire experts with community leaders and residents to explore key issues in preparing homes and neighborhoods to cope with brush, grass and forest fires.

Presentations will last approximately one hour and serve as part of the educational sessions. This year’s themes include:

  • Firewise  Neighborhoods & Developments
  • Research (Physical & Social)
  • Environment/Ecology/Landscaping
  • Technology, Policy & Communications
  • Fire & Emergency Management

 For more detailed information and to download a presentation proposal form, please visit www.nfpa.org/backyardsandbeyond.

About Firewise
The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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Media Contact: Lorraine Carli, +1 617 984-7275
Program Contact: Michele Steinberg, +1 617 984-7487