Wildfire Preparedness Resources Available
May 19, 2014
Wildfires pose a huge threat to many communities across the country. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has resources available through the Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) to help fire departments prepare their communities in advance of the next wildfire.
WFAP is a joint initiative of the NVFC and the U.S. Forest Service to provide volunteer firefighters and Fire Corps programs with the tools, resources, and training they need to conduct assessments for homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and help make their communities more fire-adapted. Resources available through the program include:
- Online Training: consists of four modules that cover understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supplemental Resources: contains customizable documents to help implement and market the WFAP program in your community.
- Wildland Fire Assessment Resource Listing: 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.
Access all of these resources on the WFAP webpage at http://www.nvfc.org/programs/wildland-fire-assessment-program.