Wildland Fire Assessment Program
The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the NVFC to provide volunteer firefighters and non-operational personnel, such as Fire Corps members, with training on how to properly conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). This is the first program targeted to volunteers that specifically prepares them to evaluate a home and provide residents with recommendations to protect their property from wildfires in order to become a more fire-adapted community.
Through this program, the NVFC offers the following resources:
In-Person Training: consists of four modules that cover understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources
Online Training: this four module course is available in the NVFC Virtual Classroom.
WFAP Toolkit: provides information and resources in a train-the-trainer format that can be used to teach the fundamentals of performing home assessments with and for residents living in communities that are susceptible to wildfires. (Having trouble downloading the file? Right click and choose save to open.)
Assessment Tools: consists of the WFAP online checklist and online data-tracking system for a fire/EMS department to record how many assessments have been performed and recommendations made to residents. Additional information about the Assessment Tools are covered in the online training and Toolkit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line WFAP Assessment to set up a personalized data-tracking system for your department.
Supplemental Resources: contains customizable documents to help implement and market the WFAP program in your community. Instructions for each of the resources below can be found in the WFAP Toolkit.
- Checklist (PDF)
- Certificate Template (DOC)
- Class Evaluation Form (DOC)
- Liability Waiver (DOC)
- Press Release (DOC)
- Flyer (PDF)
- Web Banners (PDF)
Wildland Fire Assessment Resources: provides a comprehensive list of available training courses, tools, and resources designed to help firefighters address structural assessments in the WUI as well as prepare their communities before the next wildfire.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is held annually the first Saturday in May. Utilize this opportunity to create a project or activity that will raise wildfire awareness and help protect homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities from future wildfires. Learn more at www.wildfireprepday.org.