I work as a private contractor to assist the Tennessee Division of Forestry implement Wildfire Hazard Mitigation programs to Fire Departments, communities and citizens of Tennessee. I have retired from the USFS where is spent all of my career working in Fire Management on forests in Southern California. Besides fire suppression I was involved in Rx fire for both habitat improvement and community protection. As a Fire Management Officer and Incident Commander, I have experienced first hand the bewilderment, and anguish of citizens who have suffered loss to wildfire. When the opportunity to participate as a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist in Tennessee became available, I felt my background and experience would be beneficial to assist people with developing awareness and methods to protect their families and property. I have benefited by being able to attend the latest Home Ignition Zone Training sponsored by the NFPA. I am a Firewise Liaison as well.