2018 Oregon Fire Prevention Workshop

Location: Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, Ashland, OR
Date/time: February 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. - February 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon
Cost: $50 early bird ($75 late registration - after January 12, 2018)

Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites is nestled on the scenic side of Ashland off I-5, and just a short drive to downtown. Experience an uplifting 1970s retro-modern design, comfortable furnishings, and 14 acres of land with spectacular mountain vistas. During your free time, you can enjoy many local attractions; including theatre, golf, shopping, outdoor adventures, and local wineries.
Lodging is available at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites at the government rate (currently $93). We are promoting lodging in fire-sprinklered rooms that the hotel has blocked out for this event. For reservations call 541-482-8310 or 855-482-8310 (Group name: OR Fire Prevention Workshop), or visit ashlandhillshotel.com (Group ID number: 120279). Please book your room by January 12, 2018 to guarantee the rate and a fire-sprinklered room.
If you have questions, please contact: 503-934-8228 or osfm.ce@state.or.us​
Oregon Fire Prevention Workshop Committee Co-chairs
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
Stephanie Stafford, Fire Prevention Coordinator
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal



​​​You'll Rarely Meet the Life You Save! – Jeff Johnson, CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association



​​A Tool for Accountability for Teens Who Misuse Fire – Andrei Rector, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal

When youth misuse fire the consequences can be catastrophic: homes and buildings could be damaged or destroyed, people could be injured or killed, and the youth involved in the incident could face life-altering legal consequences that include hefty fines or incarceration. Most young people who misuse fire don’t do it because they want to destroy property or hurt others. The reality is that many youth make poor choices with fire due to a lack of understanding about the way fire functions and the negative impact it could have on them, their family, and their community. This accountability-based program seeks to educate participants about the unpredictable nature of fire and the physical, emotional, and monetary costs associated with its misuse as well as build skills which will prevent future fire setting behavior. To view presentation

Brin​ging Your Fire Education Programs Out of the Dark Ages – Kathy Hook, Colorado Springs Fire Department

Many fire service agencies have great tried-and-true educational programs- but how can these presentations be enhanced to be more relevant and effective in our fast-paced world where information is readily available? Safety topics evolve, but often the core messages remain unchanged. How can organizations update current programs to make measurable differences which result in community risk reduction? This presentation will show how agencies can update existing programs while retaining the fundamental safety message. Examples of successful presentation updates from Colorado Springs Fire Department will be cited. To view presentation​ 

Building Engaging Presentations – Jeff Donahue, National Fire Protection Association

This presentation will give the participants the tools to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their current presentation skills; help them select new strategies to test out their presentations; remove "lecture" from the presentation toolkit, and appreciate the value of reflection and improvement. To view presentation

Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative Partnerships – Stacy Lacey, Ochoco National Forest & Cindy Kettering, Bend Fire Department

​Information on the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Coop. Cooperators will help present how the Coop is beneficial and helps their department/agency. We will share the history of the Coop, annual events, and how relationships help with many aspects. The information on the Coop will be beneficial to other Coops and areas without active Coops to move forward with forming one. The presentation will have time to have open dialogue to discuss success stories, road blocks, and grant opportunities beneficial to Coops. To view presentation

Citizen Fire Academy Programs: A Dynamic Approach to Community Outreach for Wildfire Preparedness – Kara Baylog, Max Bennett & Stephen Fitzgerald, Oregon State University Extension/Forestry and Natural Resources

Citizen Fire Academies engage and educate community members and woodland owners to be better equipped to reduce fire risk on their own properties while serving as sparkplugs in their communities and supporting local efforts to improve wildfire preparedness at the landscape scale. With new knowledge and confidence, participants have been able to engage with their communities, resulting in outcomes such as the creation of Firewise Communities and increased implementation of defensible space on at-risk properties. The CFA program appeals to individuals who want to create better defensible space on their own properties, but limited time and energy to fulfill the volunteer component has been a barrier to participation and commitment. This presentation will discuss implementation and results of a diversified CFA instructional methodology. We will analyze and compare the make-up of participants in modified versions of the CFA program and report on actions taken by participants following each program. We encourage partners who are interested in serving as a host for future CFA programs to connect with us following our presentation. To view presentation

Collaboration in Prevention: The Making of the Southern Oregon Firewise Expo – Tyler Averyt, Oregon Department of Forestry; Alison Lerch, Ashland Fire & Rescue; & Ashley Blakely, Jackson County Fire District #3

In May 2017, the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative held the first ever Southern Oregon Firewise Expo in White City at the Jackson County Fire District #3 Training Grounds. During this two-day event, over 800 landowners and students participated in 10 different stations educating Firewise practices in the Home Ignition Zone, flammable vegetation, and emergency preparedness. The presentation will be in two parts. The first part will be a 20 minute lecture outlining the planning process, day of successes and lessons learned, and showing PSA's created from the Expo. The second part will be a 30 minute interactive exercise. This exercise is meant for all abilities. To view presentation

Community Partners: Building an Effective Youth Fire Intervention Program – Brian Murdock & Mark Northrop, Jackson County Fire District #3

Jackson County Fire District #3 will share their experience building an effective youth fire intervention program. This program includes creative collaboration with community partners and neighboring agencies as well as a sustainable process for communication between resources. JCFD3 works closely with their local Juvenile Department and Resolve Program to provide both preventative fire safety resources for families and accountability for the young people of this community. They have yet to see a youth reenter their program upon completion, showing the success of their committed efforts. To view presentation

​​​Era of Megafires Showing​
​The impetus for The Era of Megafire stems from large, atypical wildfires burning favorite forests and homes of friends near Dr. Hessburg’s hometown of Wenatchee, in Central Washington. One of those fires, The Carlton Complex Fire, became the largest megafire in state history when it burned 256,000 acres and destroyed 322 homes. A year later in 2015, The Sleepy Hollow Fire destroyed 30 homes and several warehouses in his hometown. This 60 minute presentation describes why forest conditions throughout the West are now conducive to megafires (fires burning over 100,000 acres), what’s at stake, and how we can tackle the problem.

Fire Science and Our Safety Messages: Are We Keeping Up? – Monica Colby, Rapid City Fire Department

Research in fire behavior has produced major changes in the fire service; have our messages to the public kept up with the changing times? This presentation will cover what we know about fire, smoke, codes, and human behavior and compare this to our common messages. Research in fire behavior has produced major changes in the fire service over the past decade, especially in the last five years. Research in smoke development and human behavior has also provided better insight. NFPA’s fire escape messages for young children have left out traditional messages of staying low under smoke, feeling the door, and putting cloth under the door. These are complicated messages that do not provide safety in today’s fire so they are not taught; are they appropriate for any age? We know that most people don’t just stand up and walk out when an alarm sounds without talking to others, looking for more information, or deciding they are safer where they are but we often don’t teach based on this. People successfully mitigate over 97% of all fires themselves, we even teach them how to do this with extinguishers and pan lids, yet we blame them for dying in a fire while trying to suppress a fire. This presentation will cover what we know about fire, smoke, codes, and human behavior and compare this to our commonly held assumptions of what we should teach people to keep them safe from fire. To view presentation

Fire Sprinkler Demonstration – Chase Browning, Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition​

Don't miss the live burn! The Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition will be conducting a live side by side demonstration that will showcase the incredible difference between a room and contents fire protected with sprinklers versus the same type of room burning without sprinklers. This is a must-see for anyone interested in learning about the life saving benefits of an affordable technology that provides critical intervention early in a fire event, resulting in a safer environment for both civilians and firefighters.​

Firewise on the Frontier: The Journey Continues – Irene Jerome, Grant County

This presentation covers the challenges, successes, and opportunities experienced, as well as the lessons learned, in creating Firewise Communities in a frontier county. The first Firewise on the Frontier presentation detailed experiences and lessons learned in establishing the first Firewise Community in eastern Oregon. The Journey Continues describes ongoing and new strategies utilized to encourage and persuade homeowners to embrace the Firewise program. Grant County has diverse demographics and a disaggregated population. Families whose ancestors homesteaded the area combined with an influx of previously urban residents have created a complex culture. Located in eastern Oregon, Grant County is 4,529 square miles and has a population of about 7,300 people. Emergency services are limited and staffed almost exclusively by volunteers. Demographically the county is characterized by an aging population and numerous absentee landowners. This session shares the lessons learned in bringing individuals and neighbors together in a county with limited resources where independence is prized and self-reliance is the creed. To view presentation

Growing Pains: Fire Safety in the Budding Marijuana Industry– Ray Bizal, National Fire Protection Association

States allowing recreational marijuana exhibit “growing pains” with this budding industry. NFPA assembled a task group to look at fire safety in the marijuana industry, culminating in new regulations currently under consideration by the Technical Committee. In addition to learning about these fire safety regulations, fire prevention officers can learn from the experiences in other states. This will address the anticipated evolution of fire safety in the industry as the economic powerhouse of recreational marijuana kicks in to “high” gear, including subjects regarding grow operations, carbon dioxide enrichment, and extraction operations. To view presentation

Language that Motivates and Generates Wildfire Risk Reduction Results CathyPrudhomme, National Fire Protection Association

During the fall of 2016, NFPA met with residents and practitioners in a series of six interactive workshops in three states (OR, TX, and WA) to explore the types of mitigation language that creates interest, motivation, and participation. Workshop participants shared what resonates and moves them to implement mitigation concepts. Learn about the impact of the words you use to communicate with residents, their preferred communication mediums; and discover how that can influence and motivate residents to participate in wildfire risk reduction activities. To view presentation

Overview of the new OSU Fire Science Curriculum, Fire Prevention Module– Daniel Leavell & Carrie Berger, Oregon State University Extension

We have completed a new Fire Science curriculum that includes five modules: What is Fire?; Fire Behavior; Fire Management; Fire Prevention; and Fire Ecology. This presentation will focus on the Fire Prevention module, after an overview of the other modules. We will cover the intended audience, context, instructor resources, and other aspects of the curriculum. The curriculum is available through the Oregon State University Extension publication library. To view presentation

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign: Saving Lives through Education and Action Curtis Peetz, American Red Cross

In October 2014, the American Red Cross launched a national campaign to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by installing smoke alarms and providing home fire preparedness education. The presentation will highlight accomplishments to date and an overview of the smoke alarm installation program and the pillowcase presentation curriculum that is available. Participants will leave with an understanding about this program and how fire departments can partner with the Red Cross. To view presentation

Risk Reduction in Places of Worship Einar Jensen, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority

Places of religious worship are found in multiple occupancies of multiple ages. Occupancy loads range from a dozen to several thousand and uses vary within occupancies. In this class, we'll use the Es of Risk Reduction to dissect and learn from fires in these occupancies so we can prepare for and mitigate future fires. To view presentation

Tech Tools for Communicating Fire Risk to the Public – John Ketchum, Keno Fire Department and Dennis Lee, Oregon Department of Forestry, Janine Salwasser, Oregon State University
This session is an overview of Oregon’s latest technology in communicating fire risk to the public. Learn about the new Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer website, tools, and data that are in development to help landowners reduce wildfire risk on their properties and to help communities plan for protection against wildfires. Developed through a collaborative process, goals with this technology and information are to increase wildfire awareness, increase local capacity for developing and updating Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), and help communities identify and prioritize fuel treatments and other risk reduction projects.
In 2006, members of the fire service in Klamath County came together to develop the Klamath County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. From its inception, the group intended to not only complete the necessary CWPP document, but to utilize the time spent together to enhance our abilities to gather and share critical information before, during, and after an event. Klamath County Situation Analyst is a product of that original intention. Fire Chief John Ketchum and ODF District Forester Dennis Lee have been an integral part of this process from the beginning and have continued to work to help develop and enhance the system for the fire service and the public alike. To view presentation and here

Wildfire Matters: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Wildfire Preparedness Einar Jensen, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority

South Metro Fire Rescue (CO) has combined many of its operational and community safety resources into a new Preparedness Division to address the greatest risks facing our district's citizens and responders. Mitigating the consequences of wildfires, especially those in urban interface zones, is a top priority. This session will provide brief overviews and follow-up contacts regarding six of our tactics for constructing a Fire-Adapted Fire District: home ignition zone assessments, tactical mapping, enabling Firewise community applications, collaborating for grant applications, positioning wildfire response resources and expanding Ready, Set, GOAT. To view presentation

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