Northeast-Midwest Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal Training Opportunity Announced

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Great Lake Forest Fire Management Compact – Minnesota

Northeast-Midwest Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (WRAP) Tools Training

July 18-19, 2024 – Minnesota Interagency Fire Center


Course/DateMonday 15Tuesday 16Wednesday 17Thursday 18
NE-MW WRAP Tools Training 8:00 am- 5:00 pm8:00 am- 2:00 pm 

  • LOCATION: Minnesota Interagency Fire Center – 402 SE 11th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
  • SPONSORS: Minnesota DNR and Northeast Midwest State Foresters Alliance
  • COURSE COORDINATOR: Ray Parrish, raymond.j.parrish@usda.gov, 414-323-0859
  • TUITION: $0.00
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $0.00

Students will provide their own meals. There are many selections available near the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center and hotels.   

NOMINATION PROCESS:

Please submit the nomination form by Friday, June 14,, 2024. If they are selected, nominees will be notified no later than COB Friday, June, 21, 2024.

  • Depending upon the number of nominations received, we may have to prioritize attendees.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Provide a Northeastern Compact-based, in-person hands-on, 2-day training course in the use of the NE-MW WRAP Tools to support program delivery by the Compact states and key partners. The training dates will be June 18-19, 2024, in Grand Rapids, MN. 

The focus of this training will be to enable state and federal fire prevention, WUI and Firewise program specialists, managers and coordinators, and state hazard mitigation planners to gain sufficient knowledge and skills that can be used to train other state and federal field employees and other interested partners such as Firewise community leaders and fire department personnel in the use of these tools.

These tools can be used to meet community and project planning needs such as conducting community risk assessments, developing CWPPs, creating fuels mitigation plans, helping meet Firewise program requirements, and inform various grant applications such as the CWDG program.

Training Curriculum:

Each 2-day training will include sessions on:

  • Accessing and managing the tools
  • Northeast-Midwest Wildfire Risk Explorer (Basic and Advanced Viewers)
  • Community Assessor (field-based tool)
  • Community Exposure Dashboard
  • Collaborative Planning Portal
  • Values Explorer
  • Prioritizing Communities for Wildfire Defense Grants

Participant Information:

  • Participants should bring their laptops to engage in interactive training.
  • Participants will be able to work with the applicable WRAP tools on a project or community area from their own jurisdiction, online in real time.
  • Participants will be set up with the needed tool access prior to the training.
  • Instructors will come from Timmons Group.                

Please submit the nomination form by Friday, June 14, 2024.

If selected, nominees will be notified no later than COB Friday, June, 21 2024.

Accommodations:

LODGING INFORMATION: Lodging is available in Grand Rapids, MN. Please see the list below with suggestions for lodging.  Please make reservations sooner than later to ensure you have accommodations booked for the training.