Wildfire webinar

Webinar panel discussion will feature local officials discussing ways sustainable wildfire risk reduction can be achieved

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, December 9 to discuss lessons learned from local officials charged with cultivating long-term wildfire risk reduction and sustainability.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA, has arranged for a domestic and international panel to delve into the ways that nine global wildfire-prone communities are engaging residents and authorities as a way to reduce wildfire risk. During the 1.5-hour exchange, specific examples will be shared by implementers and officials from two separate communities - Austin, Texas, and The Girona region of Spain. Panelists will explain what is being done to reduce wildfire risks in these areas and the collaborative steps being taken to manage and maintain risk reduction efforts for the long haul.

Webinar panelists include:

  • Justice Jones, Wildfire Mitigation Officer with the Austin Fire Department;
  • The Honorable Dr. Alison Alter, Council Member, City of Austin, TX;
  • Oriol Vilalta, Managing Director of the Catalonia, Spain-based, Pau Costa Foundation; and
  • Maria Pipió Adroher, Forest Engineer of the Environmental Service in the Girona Provincial Council, Catalonia, Spain.

The information-sharing session will be co-moderated by Victoria Hutchison, research project manager for the Fire Protection Research Foundation and lead author of the Engaging Local Officials for Wildfire Risk Reduction effort and Lucian Deaton from the NFPA Wildfire Division.

During this research project, we found that for sustainable, long-term change, we must work towards changing the perceptions of the community and ensure that all involved in the policy process feel empowered to take action and capable of effecting change in terms of wildfire risk," Hutchison said.

Register today for the 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (GMT-5) webinar on Wednesday December 9.

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