The Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee (CEPC) provides national leadership, support, and coordination in all areas of wildland fire education and prevention. The CEPC promotes public understanding of wildland fire through communication, education, prevention and outreach.
- Develop and/or promote education programs and tools that provide information about wildland fire ecology, management, protection and prevention.
- Work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement in all areas of wildland fire communication, education, and prevention.
- Provide subject matter expertise in communication, education, and prevention for projects, standards, guidelines, qualifications, certification, and training.
Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Teams: How They Can Help in Extreme Situations
When severe wildland fire situations occur as a result of extreme fire weather, wildland fires can cause extensive loss of life, property, and resources. As extreme conditions approach or worsen, wildland fire prevention/education is often overlooked as a possible source of help. Because fire weather conditions are predictable, wildland fire prevention/education teams can be mobilized in advance of fires, when fire danger becomes extreme. Prevention/education teams are available to support any geographic area preceding and during periods of high fire danger or fire activity. The requesting unit may use severity dollars in support of a prevention/education team.
Purpose of Wildland Fire Prevention/Education Teams
Teams assist the local unit in the prevention of unwanted human-caused wildfires. This involves working together to:
- Complete fire risk assessments
- Determine the severity of the situation
- Facilitate community awareness and education in fire prevention including prescribed burning
- Coordinate announcement of interagency restrictions and closures
- Coordinate fire prevention efforts with the public, special target groups, state and local agencies, and elected officials
- Promote public and personal responsibility regarding fire prevention in the wildland/urban interface
- Assist Incident Management Teams in accomplishing their objectives in working with the public develop fire protection plans
Mobilization of a team may occur when an unusual event or circumstance warrants or is predicted
- Severe burning conditions
- Unusually high fire occurrence
- Majority of firefighting resources committed
- Preparedness levels above normal
Benefits of Wildland Fire Prevention Education Teams:
- Reduce the loss of human life and property
- Reduce resource losses
- Reduce the cost of suppression
- Improve interagency relations
Organization and Ordering
A team consists of a Team Leader, a Public Affairs Officer, Prevention Specialist(s), and an optional trainee or other team members as the situation dictates (Finance Officer, Logistics Specialist, etc.). Trained interagency personnel can be mobilized through normal dispatch channels to assist in fire prevention/education at any level of an organization. The individuals ordered for prevention/education teams must have the skills required to fill the position for which they have been ordered.
Refer to the National Mobilization Guide, Chapter 20, 22.9.10, Cooperative Fire Prevention/Education Teams, for ordering information.
For More Information See: National Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Teams.
2021 National Fire Prevention Education Team Schedule
This schedule represents the 2021 National Fire Prevention Education Team Rotation. We are working with all agencies and states to ensure that opportunities for interagency participation are provided. Please feel free to contact the Team Leader for more information. View the 2021 schedule.
Wildland Fire Prevention and Mitigation
More and more, people in the wildland/urban interface zone are feeling the effects of wildland fire. Every year families are evacuated and structures are destroyed as the result of wildland fires in this zone. There are tools that can assist professionals and homeowners in mitigating the risk of damage from a wildland fire, however. Below are just a few of the available resources that can help make the interface zone more survivable.
Wildfire Prevention Analysis and Planning
This is an overview presentation of a prevention analysis planning process. This process analyzes RISKS, HAZARDS and VALUES; outlines an operational plan for the protection of resources from wildfire; and develops wildfire prevention program implementation costs.
Fire Prevention Education Team Digital Library
This Fire Prevention Education Team (FPET) Digital Library is a database of wildland fire prevention and education materials that have been developed by FPETs and wildland fire prevention professionals. Each item has been reviewed for appropriate content and is approved for use. The files that are in a searchable database are available for use by anyone. The database includes different types of file formats depending on the use and presentation of the final product, e.g. slide show; printable item or sign; other handout; etc.
- Economic optimisation of wildfire intervention activities
- Net Benefits of Wildfire Prevention Education Efforts
- Wildfire Ignitions: A Review of the Science and Recommendations for Empirical Modeling
- Effect of fire prevention programs on accidental and incendiary wildfires on tribal lands in the United States - Southern Research
- Fire Prevention Efficacy
- Community-Agency Interaction and Fire Management
Video: Wildfire Prevention Spatial Assessment and Planning Strategies (WPSAPS)
How many wildfires did you prevent? This is the most difficult question in wildfire prevention. It’s very difficult to measure something that doesn’t happen. Nationally, the goal is to utilize a system where we can document and demonstrate success in reducing the extensive number of unwanted human-caused wildfires, saving lives and protecting communities.
Wildfire Prevention Spatial Assessment and Planning Strategies, or WPSAPS, is a web-based application designed to make wildfire prevention program risk assessment, planning, and accomplishment reporting more efficient and effective. It provides users with a research-informed set of prevention actions based on a geospatial assessment of the risks, hazards, and values to be protected in their management unit. For user training information, contact your agency wildfire prevention lead.
The outputs from WPSAPS provide a foundation for a well-organized, intentional, prevention program. WPSAPS was developed specifically for the wildfire prevention community by an interagency workgroup composed of wildfire prevention personnel. This video provides an overview of the use and capabilities of the software.
Upcoming WPSAPS Training
Please contact the course coordinator for all information.
Video: An Ounce of Prevention