NFPA Journal - July/August 2012 - (Page 16)

>> PersPectives VIEWPOINTS ON FIRE + LIFE SAFETY Pam Leschak, Fire Adapted Communities program manager for the USDA Forest Service, at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Fire AdAPted CommUnitieS Strength in Numbers Pam Leschak of the U.S. Forest Service on how the new Fire Adapted Communities initiative can combat the growing threat of wildland fire The U.S. wildland fire problem is too big a task for one entity to handle on its own, and the current fire season is a good illustration why. By mid-June, about a million acres (404,686 hectares) had already burned in the U.S., according to the National Interagency Fire Center, the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting; the 10-year annual average is about 1.5 million acres (607,028 hectares). That’s why NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division has established a series of partnerships with organizations to protect lives and property on a grand scale. Furthering this strength-in-numbers approach, the USDA Forest Service (USFS), which already urges homeowners to safeguard their property from wildfires using principles from NFPA’s Firewise® Communities Program, entered into a new agreement with NFPA last year that aims to turn entire neighborhoods into areas able to resist wildfire hazards. 16 NFPA JOURNAL JULY/AUGUST 2012 Photograph: Darin Oswald

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - July/August 2012

NFPA Journal - July/august 2012
First Word
Mail Call
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Fenway at 100
Crowning Achievement
Safety at Center Stage
Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, 2011
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - July/August 2012