Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire
13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire
Since 1997, the Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the international wildland fire community to focus on safety: to discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training and operations, to reveal safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to safety.
Human behavior - at individual, group and organizational levels - lies at the root of many of wildland fire management’s most serious problems. These problems include but are not limited to Firefighter and public safety, Acceptance or opposition to smoke, prescribed fire, and fuels treatments, Community and homeowner fire protection and hazard mitigation, Fire communication and education, Social and economic impacts of fire and fire suppression, Organizational performance – from operational efficiency to cost management and from community relations to ecological outcomes and Public response during fires. Over the past decade fire researchers and practitioners have developed a significant body of knowledge about many of these social aspects of fire management. Each group brings key competencies, perspectives and experiences to the table. This conference will provide participants with an opportunity to present, discuss, and learn about the latest research findings, management innovations, and best practices in the US and elsewhere.
This joint conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.