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 across the globe including Canada, South Africa, 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 Communities/USA and Fire Adapted Communities programs, education training, conferences and workshops, 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 their programs similar in scope to the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program.
A significant step in this direction was made by the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding 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 will support each other’s missions to further protect people and property at risk from fires.
NFPA also signed an MOU in 2011 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. This collaboration was also presented at the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference in South Africa. See the presentation, or watch the video below to learn more about our international efforts and the US/Canada collaborative.
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