South Africa's Working on Fire
program creates jobs and opportunities
while reducing wildfire risks.
A FireSmart workday involves families
Courtesy of FireSmart Canada
Wildfire risk to people and property continues to be a growing problem around the world. To meet some of these challenges, NFPA has been working closely with countries including Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Russia, which have developed outreach programs that advocate wildfire mitigation activities for homeowners and communities. By working together, NFPA and its partners can expand their outreach and collaborate on a common goal of reducing the losses associated with wildfire.
Through the Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities programs, technical workshops and conferences, NFPA continues to advance its safety mission to protect lives and reduce injuries and property loss due to wildfire, and supports other global organizations in its efforts to further develop community-based programs similar in scope to the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program.
Chief Fire Officers Association of the United Kingdom
Early in 2014, NFPA signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Kingdom’s Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Growing concerns regarding climate change, increased demands for new homes in the WUI and variations in land management practices has pressed stakeholders in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to place greater emphasis on a holistic solution to wildfire mitigation and safety education. The MOU provides the three organizations the opportunity to collaborate on improving wildfire education and risk management programs in the UK.
FFA Non Profit Company (South Africa)
In 2013, NFPA formalized a relationship with FFA Non Profit Company, a registered public benefit organization in South Africa that works with public and private sectors, and donor and government agencies to address wildfire safety concerns in the wildland/urban interface. The two organizations have built up a working relationship around wildfire safety issues since 2006, and through this MOU, will support each other’s missions to further protect people and property at risk from fires. See more about South Africa’s use of Firewise concepts and programming on their website.
IAFC President Bill Metcalf and
Alan Clark of the Chief Fire
Officers Association of the
United Kingdom celebrate new
agreement at IAFC WUI
Conference in Reno, 2014
Partners in Protection (Canada)
In 2011, NFPA signed the first of its international Memoranda of Understanding on wildfire safety with the Canadian non-profit association, Partners in Protection, which administers its FireSmart program in an effort to expand its outreach regarding wildfire safety information and initiatives across Canada. The collaboration was presented at the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference in South Africa.
Canada’s FireSmart website features workshops and community recognition information along with success stories from communities across several provinces.
Explore international wildfire websites below:
Other International Sites