BIG NEWS- there is a new tool available to assist Georgia’s Firewise Communities and supporting fire departments.
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 a fire-adapted community
Through this program, the NVFC offers the following resources:
- 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. 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.
The key to reducing the impact of wildfires to communities lies in the combined efforts of home owners as well as local, state, and federal agencies working together to create fire adapted communities that can withstand the effects of wildfire.