Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

NFPA: Firewise Communities Program Releases New DVD

Safer From the Start:  Developing a Firewise ® Community

July 5, 2011Firewise Communities®, a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has released a new complimentary DVD entitled Safer From the Start:  Developing a Firewise® Community. The video focuses on cost-effective measures and proven Firewise principles, which developers and planners can adopt when building communities in wildfire-prone areas.
Safer From the Start follows a local developer from Washington committed to incorporating Firewise principles into a new subdivision. The video highlights his partnerships with local agencies, changes he made to his original plan based on their meetings, types of construction implemented, and materials used. It demonstrates that as a result of early planning, a community built in a wildfire-prone area can be safer – while costs are kept at a minimum and homeowners can enjoy their surroundings. Throughout the video, clips from recent wildland fires remind viewers of the risks involved to property and people when located in a wildland urban interface, and reinforces the positive impact Firewise principles can have in protecting their homes when a wildfire threatens their area.
If you are a builder, developer, fire and emergency professional, landscape architect, resident or homeowner, the information in this video is extremely valuable. To order a free copy of Safer From the Start:  Developing a Firewise Community, visit

It is also available to view or share here through YouTube.

The DVD was produced in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.
About Firewise
The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s website at for more information.