Our Network

Credit: Rapid City Fire Department

Our members are dedicated to developing wildfire resilience capacity in their communities. They are passionate about learning, sharing and innovating to advance and promote the practice of community wildfire resilience. 

FAC Net welcomes individuals and organizations actively working on fire adaptation to join FAC Net as affiliate members. When you become a member, you commit to advancing the practice of fire adaptation and to sharing and learning with other community wildfire resilience practitioners.

    BILL TRIPP, KARUK TRIBE

    “We hold the knowledge of fire, forests, water, plants and animals that is needed to revitalize our human connection and responsibility to this land…{we can} teach others how to get it done…”

    Bill Tripp of the Karuk Tribe IS teaching others, through FAC Net, and in other forums, he is sharing perspectives, practices and lessons that support fundamentally different relationships to fire. Relationships that are reciprocal, enduring and transformational. Read more about his work below. 

    KATIE GIBBLE, ASHLAND FIRE

    Katie Gibble is helping residents and stakeholders identify their wildfire hazard risks, undertake wildfire mitigation and evacuation planning, and become knowledgeable about Ashland’s wildfire ordinance. Katie’s work to build wildfire resilience in her community  includes a robust smoke readiness program because “In Ashland, a big part of being a fire adapted community is being adapted to smoke.” Learn about the great work Katie is doing to help create clean air spaces in her community, particularly for those most vulnerable.

    BILL BRASH, NEW JERSEY FIRE SAFETY COUNCIL

    Partnerships matter, according to New Jersey’s Bill Brash: “Wildfire awareness and outreach is more important than ever in our efforts to prepare people for the when, not the if, of a wildfire. We cannot and should not be on our own for this function.” Bill is the founder and President of the New Jersey Fire Safety Council, an organization dedicated to building the capacity of local municipalities to reduce the risk of wildfire through emergency preparedness, education, training and communication. Learn about how an innovative partnership with Sustainable Jersey is helping municipalities build capacity for resilience.

    WASHINGTON FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES LEARNING NETWORK

    The Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC) is a peer learning network that supports local action, connects people to resources, facilitates results, and influences and informs on-the-ground projects to help Washington better adapt to wildfire. Members of WAFAC and FAC Net connect and share learning cross-network to influence on-the-ground strategies and build relationships that result in action. Read more about one of their member’s work below:

    FAC Net members come from a variety of organizations: including fire departments, conservation districts, nonprofits, Firewise fire councils, academia, Tribes, coordinating groups and more. Joining the network is a simple online application process that allows us to get to know you and your work and on-board you into the network’s systems for communication and sharing.

    FAC Net Has Two Types of Membership:

    • Affiliate Membership is open to any community wildfire resilience practitioner who wants to learn from and actively connect with other practitioners.
    • Core Membership opens to applications periodically, and at times is by invitation. It requires a high level of commitment. Core members agree to devote significant time each year to engaging with staff and other members in a variety of ways. Members are dedicated to learning, sharing and innovating to advance and promote the practice of community wildfire resilience. In addition, core members iteratively determine the areas of emphasis for FAC Net.

    A map of our network members

    Consulting and Strategy Design for State-scale FAC Efforts 

    FAC Net provides strategy development, facilitation, network design and hosts a special learning community for people working on fire adaptation at the state scale. This consulting and coaching work takes several forms. For example, we’ve helped state resource agencies develop strategic partnerships and plans, supported the design and operations of state networks and provided facilitation for statewide education programs to evolve and grow. If you work at a state scale and are interested in FAC Net’s support, contact us to discuss your objectives. 

    “Participating with FAC Net makes an impact on my work nearly every day. I now have a connection to people who do similar work who are available to share ideas and resources. The most beneficial part of being involved with FAC Net is the connection it provides to other programs throughout the country through virtual workshops and the online Podio workspace. On average, I have at least one brainstorming session with members of FAC Net to discuss projects and programs each month. I have met with FAC Net members leading programs in Oregon, Montana, California, Nevada, Washington and Colorado. These conversations are always hugely impactful for all parties and would not happen if it wasn’t for my involvement in FAC Net.” – FAC Net Member

    You don’t have to be a member to learn from and share with FAC Net.

    If you are looking for information or tools, you can browse our resources, subscribe to our blog and newsletter, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. All of these channels feature ideas, information and inspiration for living better with fire. You do not have to be a network member to access this information.  Network membership is for practitioners who are looking to actively connect with other practitioners.

    We frequently feature guest authors on our blog. You do not have to be a member to submit story ideas, or write for us. Our channels have a world-wide audience, reaching community fire practitioners in every state and several countries. 

    FAC Net core members adopted the following “collective value proposition:”

    We help society live safely with wildfire

    This is accomplished by Network members as they:

    Share inspiration, innovations, ideas, lessons learned and best practices;

    Create and maintain connections;

    Enable their communities to become more fire-resilient;

    Foster and grow sub-networks;

    Create a broader understanding of fire adapted community concepts and principles;

    Influence policy and funding;

    and Develop products that fire adapted community practitioners can use in their communities and regions.

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