The Urban Interface Crisis: Facts, Fiction, Future

Current events and hyperbole on the impact of urban interface fires can leave many questions and concerns unanswered. Wildland urban interface (WUI) fires are occurring more often and are larger and more destructive than in past decades. Every year, greater numbers of structural fire fighters are called to respond. But unlike the environment that structural fire fighters are accustomed to, the urban interface environment has very little research or information on how to protect fire fighters from the harmful smoke and particulate. This workshop will provide an update on the latest research and future projects. This session will focus on the facts of recent urban interface events and the ongoing efforts of the IAFF to ensure the health and safety of our members responding to these incidents.

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