Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone (two-day course)

Five reasons you should choose NFPA for your home ignition zone training

1. Applied Knowledge – In this newly redesigned workshop, learn to assess wildfire risks, eliminate hazards and develop mitigation recommendations for structures in wildland, forested and grassland areas.

2. Expert Instruction – Learn from wildland fire specialists who helped develop the course and have direct experience in the field.

3. Gain Accreditation – For the first time, receive a Certificate of Education Achievement available through an online exam taken after the course. Earn 1.4 CEUs with completion of the two-day course; .7 CEUs for the one-day course. CFE’s from The Society of American Foresters can also be requested.

4. Convenience – Time is valuable, so you choose the location that works best for your team and our staff will take care of all the details for you. 

5. Skills Beyond the Classroom – Learn how to apply Firewise principles to reduce wildfire risk and maintain a sustainable ecosystem balance. Encourage and prepare residents and homeowner associations to participate in the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program.

Download the brochure for this course. (PDF, 330 KB)

A technical course designed for professionals in the areas of emergency response, insurance, community planning and development, urban and wildland conservation and others who will benefit from an in-depth understanding of the theory of wildfire losses and mitigation concepts. The course consists of five modules each addressing different issues surrounding today’s wildfire hazards and related NFPA standards.

Fire service professionals, wildfire mitigation specialists, urban and state foresters, developers, community planners and insurance professionals.

Class size
35 – 40 participants

Materials and agenda
In addition to expert instruction and wildfire safety principles you can apply in your profession, you’ll receive a guide containing the program presentation, Firewise and Fire Adapted Community (FAC) information and printed materials, and an NFPA Certificate of Completion. You will also receive copies of NFPA Standards 1144 and 1141, and a copy of a Wildfire Structure Assessment Guide.

Attendees can earn 1.4 CEUs for the two-day workshop and .7 CEUs for the one-day workshop. CFEs from The Society of American Foresters can also be requested.

Contract options
Organizations can choose between two options:

Exclusive on-site contract – This option allows a fire department, agency or company to bring this training to a location of their choice and host a session exclusively for their team members, employees or other invited guests. NFPA provides the instructors, student materials, evaluations and certificates, and also handles shipping and instructor logistics. The host organization provides the location, in addition to any lodging needs for employees/guests, in addition to the projector, computer/LCD projector, screen, podium and refreshments if desired.

Shared on-site contract – This option allows your local agency and NFPA to partner in offering this training. The host organization provides the location, LCD projector, screen, podium, and refreshments, and identifies lodging (if needed) near the workshop site. NFPA provides the instructors, student materials and certificates, and will help with registration and promotion of the course, in addition to processing the registrations if needed.

Video: Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, Montana, talks about the home ignition zone. Video courtesy of the National Building Museum’s Designing for Disaster exhibit.


"I thought I was going to get a checklist but instead I got an understanding of a process that I can apply anywhere!" – Mitigation specialist

"As a community coordinator, it pulled a lot of information together for me, and will assist me further in working with the residents in my community," says an Alaska community resident and Firewise advocate.

Other class participants had this to say: "Every aspect of this class is applied in my daily activities on the job working with defensible space and property owners. I will pay more attention to structure-to-structure ignition in our wildfire planning."


If you have any questions, please contact: Pat Durland, Stone Creek Fire LLC, phone: +1 208-869-1755

NFPA encourages all organizations to plan the training at least 60 days in advance of the course date.

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