Changing Peoples Expectations Public Affairs and Fire Prevention

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Changing People’s Expectations Public Affairs and Fire Prevention Pat Mc. Elroy, Executive Director of

Changing People’s Expectations Public Affairs and Fire Prevention Pat Mc. Elroy, Executive Director of Regulatory Programs and State Forester Washington State Department of Natural Resources Subject to changes and amendents over time

Topics • • • State Forestry Perspective Hazard versus Risk Defining the Fire Problem

Topics • • • State Forestry Perspective Hazard versus Risk Defining the Fire Problem Prevention Teams Case Study Ordering Prevention Teams Subject to changes and amendents over time

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Subject to changes and amendents over time

Population Density Subject to changes and amendents over time

Population Density Subject to changes and amendents over time

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Defining Your Fire Problem Subject to changes and amendents over time

Defining Your Fire Problem Subject to changes and amendents over time

Don’t Blame Smokey "We cannot thin our way to Nirvana" -Jack Cohen Subject to

Don’t Blame Smokey "We cannot thin our way to Nirvana" -Jack Cohen Subject to changes and amendents over time

Washington's Prevention Strategy • Reduce human caused fires by five percent each year for

Washington's Prevention Strategy • Reduce human caused fires by five percent each year for the next two years. • Avoid large costly fires. • Reduce dangerous fuels in high risk communities, and surrounding forests, regardless of land ownership. Subject to changes and amendents over time

Delivering Prevention When and Where It Counts Subject to changes and amendents over time

Delivering Prevention When and Where It Counts Subject to changes and amendents over time

Case Study Fire Season 2003 Subject to changes and amendents over time

Case Study Fire Season 2003 Subject to changes and amendents over time

Meeting the Threat Meet with local governments, tribes, and federal land management agencies to:

Meeting the Threat Meet with local governments, tribes, and federal land management agencies to: - Increase Media Outreach - Discuss Restrictions - Consider Closures Subject to changes and amendents over time

Washington Interagency Prevention Teams Subject to changes and amendents over time

Washington Interagency Prevention Teams Subject to changes and amendents over time

Purpose Subject to changes and amendents over time

Purpose Subject to changes and amendents over time

The Mission • • • Community Empathy Outreach Assess the Risk Utilize the Media

The Mission • • • Community Empathy Outreach Assess the Risk Utilize the Media Use severe fire conditions to prevent additional fires Subject to changes and amendents over time

Ordering Subject to changes and amendents over time

Ordering Subject to changes and amendents over time

Prevention Team Deliverables • Information and Education for: • Fireworks Users • Urban Interface

Prevention Team Deliverables • Information and Education for: • Fireworks Users • Urban Interface Homeowners • Industrial Operators • Inform the Media about Fire Risk, and Dangers Subject to changes and amendents over time

Organization • Team Leader • 1 - Information Specialist • 2 - Prevention Specialists

Organization • Team Leader • 1 - Information Specialist • 2 - Prevention Specialists Subject to changes and amendents over time

Funding • Team operations paid by the requesting agency. • Average shift is 12

Funding • Team operations paid by the requesting agency. • Average shift is 12 hours. • Maximum assignment is two weeks. • Lodging and meals are provided. • Team members costs and wages are reimbursed for hours worked. Subject to changes and amendents over time

2003 Team Assignments • Teams were mobilized on nine separate areas and missions. •

2003 Team Assignments • Teams were mobilized on nine separate areas and missions. • Average assignment was five days. Subject to changes and amendents over time

2003 Prevention Team Assignments Month Location Mission Accomplishments Tum Fireworks Education No fireworks fires

2003 Prevention Team Assignments Month Location Mission Accomplishments Tum Fireworks Education No fireworks fires during July 4 th. Klickitat Fireworks Education No fireworks fires during July 4 th. Watt Road Project Fire Teachable Moment Completed home risk assessments. Mc. Ginnis Arson Education and Intervention No additional fires. Headquarters Completed Westside PSA"s Needles Project Fire Assessment Firewise community meeting. Puyallup Fair Education Awareness Over 1 million prevention contacts. July August Subject to changes and amendents over time

Subject to changes and amendents over time

Subject to changes and amendents over time

Subject to changes and amendents over time

Subject to changes and amendents over time

Lessons Learned • Set clear expectations • Monitor performance Subject to changes and amendents

Lessons Learned • Set clear expectations • Monitor performance Subject to changes and amendents over time

Subject to changes and amendents over time

Subject to changes and amendents over time

National Prevention and Education Teams • Same training and abilities • Further information on

National Prevention and Education Teams • Same training and abilities • Further information on the web at: http: //www. firepreventionteams. us/index. html Subject to changes and amendents over time