Firefighters used to talk about a “wildfire season.” However, the season is now something of a year-round phenomenon. Combined, the challenges of climate change, difficult wildland fire management, and the lack of essential firefighting resources mean that the number and intensity of wildfires is increasing. Homeowners and business owners alike, particularly those in the urban-wildland interface, must be prepared for a rise in fire events.
Russ Leavitt, CFPS, SET Executive Chairman of fire protection, life safety and security industry leader Telgian, and 1st Vice Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recently tackled this topic in the article “Wildfire Mitigation for Multi-Family Housing” for NAA’s units magazine.
“The decision to buy or build a home or business within the urban-wildland interface must include a recognition and an evaluation of the risks involved, as well as a willingness and ability to incorporate effective wildfire mitigation practices,” says Leavitt. “For example, most structures ignite during a wildfire due to airborne embers. Fortunately, when it comes to protecting our lives, homes and businesses, there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to significantly lower the losses from fire.”
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About Russ Leavitt
With almost four decades of industry experience, Leavitt has long been recognized for his expertise, which he shares as a sought-after speaker and presenter. He is a senior instructor for NFPA, Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and Fire Smarts and conducts fire and life safety seminars nationally and internationally on a variety of related subjects.
During the course of his career, Leavitt has also authored numerous association training materials which are considered industry standards, as well as informational articles including “Fire Safety Codes and Standards: What You Need to Know,” “Understanding Fire Protection Classifications” and AFSA’s ITM Inspector Development Program.
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