NFPA’s Wildland/Urban Interface: Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities – Final Report

TitleNFPA’s Wildland/Urban Interface: Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities – Final Report
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHaynes, H
Series EditorMadsen, R
Pagination79p.
Date Published01/2017
InstitutionNational Fire Protection Association
Keywordscommunity risk reduction, fire alerts, fire apparatus, fire evacuation, fire response, firefighter fitness, hybrid engines, local fire departments, personal protective equipment, PPE, strategic mitigation planning, techncial reports and journal articles, wildfire, wildfire dispatch, wildfire mitigation, wildfire preparedness, wildland fire, wildland training, wildland-urban interface, WUI
Abstract

The increasing frequency and intensity of wildland and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires have become a significant concern in many parts of the United States and around the world. To address and manage this WUI fire risk, local fire departments around the country have begun to acquire the appropriate equipment and offer more training in wildfire response and suppression. There is also growing recognition of the importance of wildfire mitigation and public outreach about community risk reduction. Using survey and interview data from 46 senior officers from local fire departments around the U.S., this report describes how some local fire departments are addressing the wildfire peril in terms equipment, training, fitness, response strategies and tactics, public communication, education, and mitigation activities. The successes and challenges these departments have experienced also show how departments face and overcome barriers to being better prepared and ready to control and mitigate a wildfire incident in their communities.

URLhttp://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/the-fire-service/administration/wildland-urban-interface