Wildfire Fuels Training Materials for Foresters
Frontera Forest Solutions, Inc. has partnered with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) to develop Wildfire Fuels Training Materials for Foresters. This program is designed to meet the growing need for highly trained fuels and wildfire professionals in British Columbia through standardizing training procedures of fire and fuel management.
Designed to be practical, hands on training for basic wildfire fighting skills, this program is one part of a larger comprehensive fuels and fire training program that will also address prescribed fire, theoretical and higher level planning.
The Wildfire Fuels Training Program will result in a set of professional development workshops designed for forest professionals and land managers who work (or intend to work) in fuels and wildfire disciplines. In these workshops, participants will develop and enhance their skills in the areas of core fuels and fire training. Topics include data compilation for basic fire prediction for wildfire and prescribed fire, field data collection, fuel type and fuel loading assessments, and completing Wildfire Threat Assessment Worksheets.
In order to ensure these training materials are current, relevant, and not redundant, the Frontera team is conducting background research and assessment on guidance and training related to fuels and fire in BC, as well as in Canada and internationally. We will also be working in consultation with forest practitioners, outside professionals, academics, leaders in wildfire curriculum development to produce the most relevant and valuable training to the discipline.
Frontera is committed to developing a dedicated, consistent and standardized wildfire and fuels training program that builds upon the strengths of fuels and fire guidance publications that have been previously developed by the ABCFP, MFLNRORD, the BC Wildfire Service, as well as local experts. Fuels and fire training is an evolving practice, and we believe this type of training program will promote the overall progression of the discipline through knowledge exchange and increased collaboration.
If you have any questions about this project, or if you would like more information, please contact Nick Soverel - email@example.com
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