FPRF Webinar Panel Discussion on “Engaging Local Officials to Bring Sustainability to Wildfire Risk Reduction” is now available
On December 9, 2020, the Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted a webinar to discuss lessons learned from implementers and local officials charged with cultivating long-term wildfire risk reduction and sustainability.
Prefaced by an overview of the research findings from a FPRF research study on “Engaging Local Officials for Wildfire Risk Reduction”, the Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted a domestic and international panel to delve into the ways that global wildfire-prone communities are engaging residents and authorities as a way to reduce wildfire risk. During the 1.5-hour exchange, specific examples were shared by implementers and officials from two separate communities - Austin, Texas, and The Girona region of Spain. The panelists explained 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.
The information-sharing session was co-moderated by Lucian Deaton, from the NFPA Wildfire Division and myself, Victoria Hutchison, research project manager for the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The webinar panelists included:
- 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.