Destructive wildfires affect many areas across the state of
California; threatening communities, risking the lives of firefighters,
disrupting residents through evacuations and home losses,
and creating millions
of dollars of damage to homes,
businesses and valuable natural resources. The good news is there are simple and often inexpensive ways to make your home safer from wildfire.
The Sacramento (California) Metropolitan Fire Department is set to offer NFPA mitigation training courses to Sacramento-area residents. The one-day “Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards” and two-day “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” begin October 1 and are available at five area locations in and around Sacramento. The courses are open to fire service professionals, stakeholders, proactive community residents and others interested in understanding and acting to reduce wildfire losses.
NFPA’s courses are taught by experienced wildland fire specialists and offer factual wildfire mitigation solutions and action strategies based on research and post-fire investigations. Participants will learn techniques that are most effective in reducing wildfire losses in the home ignition zone (HIZ) – the home and the surrounding 100 to 200 feet. Courses will also focus on the physical and behavioral sciences and their important relationship to wildfire mitigation.