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Wildland/forest fire home study course being prepared by NFA

Issue 11 and Volume 141.

Wildland/forest fire home study course being prepared by NFA While firefighters were battling forest and wildland fires this year, the National Fire Academy was preparing a home study course to help fire departments better prepare their communities for such fires in the future. The course, “Wildland/Residential Interface Fire Protection: A National Problem With Local Solutions,” deals not with fire suppression, but fire prevention and community protection. It’s in its final production stage, but 24 officers participated in a pilot testing program of the course this September. Jeff Meston, a training officer with the Novato (Calif.) Fire Department, says he found the course practical and easy to follow. “Our community has a tremendous potential for wildland interface fires, and it’s not unlikely that if we lost 30 homes, it would mean a loss of about $25 million,” he says. “This course not only identifed problem areas, it offered several model solutions.”…

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