Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Lucian Deaton Joins NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Lucian Deaton senior project manager of its Wildland Fire Operations Division. Based in NFPA’s field office in Denver, Colorado, Deaton will manage the Division’s national wildland fire community outreach programs including its Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities programs.

NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program includes nearly 1,000 member communities across the United States and encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The Firewise program is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities, which focuses on a collaborative approach, connecting emergency responders, community officials, business owners and homeowners, land managers, planners and insurance companies with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk community-wide.

“Lucian’s broad experience with grant management, and his work with federal agencies and wildfire outreach programs greatly complements our outreach efforts,” said NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager Dave Nuss. “As a key member of the Division, Lucian’s knowledge and expertise will help us in furthering our wildfire safety mission.”

NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division works with organizations across the country and around the globe to raise awareness of wildfire and what residents can do to help prevent loss of lives and property in their community.

“Exposure to wildfire has increased tremendously across the country in the last few years and NFPA plays an important and influential role in empowering communities and those individual residents to address their risk for wildfire damage,” said Deaton. “I look forward to working at NFPA to further develop its wildfire outreach programs and working with partner organizations and agencies to support residents in their efforts to prepare for and adapt to their fire reality.”

Before coming to NFPA, Deaton served as the wildland fire program manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), responsible for the development and implementation of the National Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and various partners. Previously, he worked in government relations at both IAFC and the National Association of Police Organizations.