On September 22, 2015 the National Association of State Foresters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the USDA Forest Service and the National Fire Protection Association announced that they are seeking nominations for the 2016 U.S. Wildfire Mitigation Awards.
Criteria are available online, and the deadline for submissions is November 6.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
“Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are jointly sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).
The three categories for the awards include:
- Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership
- Wildfire Mitigation Innovation
- Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer
These awards are designed to recognize outstanding service in wildfire preparedness and safety across a broad spectrum of activities and among a variety of individuals and organizations. By honoring their achievements, the award sponsors also seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts.“
It’s worth noting that several of last year’s winners are affiliated with the FAC Learning Network.
Questions about the nomination process and criteria should be referred to Bree Willging at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (bwillging[at]iafc.org).
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