When in Reno…
Authors: Molly Mowery
Do as the FAC Netters Do!
It’s that time of year again, when the annual Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) conference occurs in Reno, Nevada. Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the WUI conference is guaranteed to be a combination of timely practitioner information, catching up with colleagues, and a chance to meet new people.
This year’s program includes a number of great sessions, many of which are focused on fire adapted communities (FAC). If you have the opportunity to attend this year’s conference, here is a cheat sheet of FAC sessions to note on your program agenda:
Wednesday, March 25
- Models of FAC Leadership and Coordination – Fire Departments, Fire Safe Councils and Beyond; facilitated by Nick Goulette, and featuring FAC Learning Network members Justice Jones, Katie Martel, Frank Riley and Forest Schafer.
- FAC for the Fire Service; facilitated by Shawn Stokes (IAFC) and featuring representatives from fire departments.
- After the Wildfire: WUI Lessons Learned; featuring the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, CO.
Thursday, March 26
- The Vulnerability of Vents to Wind-blown Embers during Wildfires; led by Dr. Steve Quarles and featuring recent Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) research.
- Regulations in the WUI: Challenges and Lessons Learned in Code, Ordinance and Standard Adoption; featuring speakers from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Rapid City, South Dakota.
Also be sure to stop by the FAC pavilion in the exhibit hall. Members from the FAC Coalition, including our FAC Network coordinating team, will be there to share free resources and information. Look for FAC information at booths 410, 408, 311 and 309. The best time to find us will be during the exhibit hall reception on Wednesday evening, March 25.
We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it this year we’ll plan to look for you at the next conference opportunity.