Wildland Fire Operations Division seeks speakers on wildfire safety and mitigation

August 1, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14 – 16, 2013, and is now accepting proposals for educational presentations. The conference is organized by NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise® Communities Program.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals online by Monday, December 31, 2012. The 2013 conference themes include: 

  • Community Safety Approaches and Strategies
  • Home Construction & Landscape Design
  • Research (Physical, Social, Ecology and Environmental)
  • Technology, Policy & Regulations
  • Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations

The Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference presents participants with a unique opportunity to build relationships and explore key issues regarding wildland fire, and to learn how to prepare homes and communities for, and adapt to living with wildfire. The event brings together a diverse audience of leading wildfire experts, Firewise community representatives, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others, and offers attendees a chance to network with like-minded professionals and share best-practices that they can take back to their communities and workplaces.

For more information about presentation proposals and the 2013 conference, visit the proposal submission page on the Firewise website. See complete coverage and download presentations from the 2011 Backyards & Beyond conference in Denver.

About Firewise
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.

 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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