NFPAs Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Conference to be held in October

Published on June 23, 2011
Presenters address how to protect people and property from wildfire

Backyards & BeyondJune 23, 2011 The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host the 4th Backyards & Beyond Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel, Denver, Colorado, October 27 – 29. The conference is being organized by NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise® Communities Program.

With more than 50 breakout sessions in five educational tracks, the Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Conference offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and explore key issues, and brings together leading wildland fire experts, Firewise community representatives, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others to share best-practices that can be taken back to communities or the workplace.

A pre-conference workshop, Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone, will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 – 26 by Jack Cohen, research physical scientist, USDA Forest Service, and Gary Marshall, deputy fire chief, Bend, Oregon Fire Department.

Registration for both the 2-day workshop and the conference is available online, through the mail or by phone. Visit NFPA’s registration page for more information.

About Firewise
The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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