It has been more than 20 years since the social impacts of wildfires have begun to draw significant attention from policymakers and land managers. And the adverse effects on people, biodiversity, landscapes and infrastructure show no signs of abating given current trends in climate change. As a global community of practitioners and scientists interested in human dimensions and safety, we seek to spark discussion, interaction and engaged conversation about whether we are focusing on the right problem framings and consequent solutions to deal with these on-going wildfire challenges.

Since 1997, the Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the international wildland fire community to focus on safety: to discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training and operations, to reveal safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to safety.

Since 2007, the Human Dimensions Conference has been a gathering place to present, discuss, and learn about the latest research findings, management innovations, and best practices in the US and elsewhere related to human behavior.

This joint conferences offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.

Program Schedule  11.14.2018

 

Registration is now open.
REGISTER TODAY

Registration includes all sessions and social activities. There will be an additional charge for workshops ($10) and field trips ($35).

Early Registration (July 1 – August 31)
IAWF Member  $425
Non-Member  $525
Student – IAWF Member  $200
Student – Non-Member  $250
Student Volunteer  $125

Regular Registration (September 1 – November 15)
IAWF Member  $475
Non-Member  $575
Student – IAWF Member  $200
Student – Non-Member  $250
Student Volunteer  $125

Late Registration (November 15 – Conference)
IAWF Member  $525
Non-Member  $625
Student – IAWF Member  $200
Student – Non-Member  $250
Student Volunteer  $125

REGISTER TODAY

Venue: 
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
828-252-8211

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the gov’t per diem rate of $129/night. Book Today to reserve this guaranteed rate.

Room block will expire on November 21st.

Travel
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is serviced by American, United, Delta, Elite and Allegiant airlines, with direct flights from Charlotte, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, Vero Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Washington D.C.

Discounts for United Flights (5-10% depending on fare class)

Go to United Airlines the select “all search options”. In the promotion box type ZFFS398532.

US States and Canada – use a professional travel agency, book online at united.com or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code ZFFS and Agreement Code 398532.

Passengers outside the US or Canada – use a professional travel agency, book online at united.com or email [email protected] and provide your preferred itinerary, agreement code 398532 and Z Code ZFFS. Please allow 24 hours for email requests to be processed.

Other airports nearby
Greenville Spartanburg, SC (GSP) – 77 miles
Charlotte Douglas, NC (CLT) – 125 miles

50% of the US Population is within 600 miles of Asheville, and it is conveniently located at the intersection of I-26 and I-40.

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Steering Committee
Sarah McCaffrey – Co-chair
Toddi Steelman – Co-chair
Jesse Abrams
Al Beaver
Jim Fox
Steven Miller
Mikel Robinson
Oriol Vilalta

Program Committee
Kelsy Gibos-Chair
Emily Jane Davis
Alexandra Paige Fischer
Tony Jarret
Sarah McCaffrey
Travis Paveglio
Mikel Robinson
Toddi Steelman
Matthew Thompson

Gender, Race and Cultural Perspectives: Developing New Approaches to Being with Fire
This panel will explore how/why inclusion of more diverse perspectives on fire, whether due to gender or race or cultural background, is critical for developing new perspectives of the problem and new approaches that will lead to better outcomes.

Christine Eriksen
Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space
School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
University of Wollongong, Australia

 

 

 

Mary Huffman
Director
Indigenous Peoples Burning Network and Fire Science
The Nature Conservancy

 

 

Don Hankins
Professor
California State University
Chico Department of Geography and Planning

 

 

Why Are We Still Missing the Solutions to Keeping Firefighters Safe?
International perspectives from researchers and practitioners

Michael T. DeGrosky
Chief, Fire Protection Bureau
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Missoula, Montana

 

Roger Strickland
Senior Instructor, Planned Burn Co-Ordinator
Country Fire Authority
Victoria, Australia

 

 

Scott Elliott
Wildfire Management Training Specialist
Hinton Training Centre
Alberta, Canada

 

 

Postfire Impacts and Response – Critical Gaps in the Wildfire Cohesive Strategy
In this session the presenters will discuss the rationale to include postfire planning and response in the National Cohesive Strategy, provide observations and recommendations for change based on two case study geographies, and provide time for open dialog with the audience.

Anne Bradley
Director of Forest Conservation
The Nature Conservancy
New Mexico Field Office

 

 

Alan Lawson
Southeast Region Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

 

 

 

Annie Schmidt
Director of Policy and Partnerships
Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

 

 

Katherine Rowden
Service Hydrologist
National Weather Service / NOAA

 

 

 

The Essential Partnership Between Learning and Action
High-functioning research-practitioner partnerships create critical linkages between research and practice that can uniquely leverage access, skills and capacity for better outcomes. Through a guided panel discussion, we will explore partnerships in place throughout the country and illuminate opportunities for session attendees to apply these concepts to their own work. Panelists include research professionals, cooperative extension personnel, and on-the-ground wildfire adaptation practitioners from across the country.
Michelle Medley-Daniel, The Watershed Research and Training Center
Annie Schmidt, Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
Sarah McCaffrey, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forest Schaefer, Tahoe Douglas Fire District
Branda Nowell, School of Public and International Affairs – North Carolina State University
Jennifer Fawcett, North Carolina State University
Richard Thornton, Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

The Call for Presentations is now Closed.  All notices have been sent, if you did not receive a notice please let us know. Email

Oral & Poster Presentation Guidelines

We are pleased to release the Safety Summit- Human Dimension Conference Program Schedule. In an effort to shake things up, question convention and challenge the status quo, we selected creative panels, proposals, and papers that dare to think outside the box in how we have been thinking about and framing the wildfire problem.

We will encourage participatory, interactive and workshop-like sessions to help our community stretch our collective imagination about how we are defining our problems and solutions.

For travel planning purposes, Workshops will start at 9:00 am on Monday,
the Conference will officially begin at 8:30 am on Tuesday and conclude
at 12:30 on Friday.

Presenter Notice: All accepted presenters will be required to register and pay for the conference no later than November 12th.

A formal Conference Proceeding will be published online after the conference, all authors are encouraged to submit a full paper or extended abstract.  Your abstract should be submitted in final form to us, it will not be reviewed or edited. All proceedings manuscripts must be reviewed by two qualified experts prior to submission.  No distinction will be made between presentations or posters. All abstracts accepted to the Conference will be published as originally submitted unless the authors submit a revised abstract by the proceedings deadline of January 31, 2019.

 

Safety Summit- Human Dimension Conference  Program Schedule.

In an effort to shake things up, question convention and challenge the status quo, we selected creative panels, proposals, and papers that dare to think outside the box in how we have been thinking about and framing the wildfire problem.

We will encourage participatory, interactive and workshop-like sessions to help our community stretch our collective imagination about how we are defining our problems and solutions.

For travel planning purposes, Workshops will start at 9:00 am on Monday,
the Conference will officially begin at 8:30 am on Tuesday and conclude at 12:30 on Friday.

Tentative Program Summary 
Monday, December 10
Workshops
Afterhours Networking

Tuesday, December 11
Sessions and exhibition and Awards
Social Reception with Exhibitors
Afterhours Networking

Wednesday, December 12
Morning Sessions and exhibition
Poster Session
Field trip in the afternoon and early evening

Thursday, December 13
Sessions and exhibition

Friday, December 14
Sessions with an early end time

The Field Trip will be on Wednesday Afternoon from 1:00 – 6:00 pm and will have two stops. There is an additional charge of $35 to participate in the field trip, which will cover transportation, lunch and snacks.

Field trip organized by the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists!

Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop 1: Party Rock Fire Stop
During the fall of 2016 southern Appalachian wildfires the Party Rock fire was ignited by arson on November 5, 2016. It was one of many wildfires burning across the region. The large amount of Wildland urban interface made this fire particularly difficult to fight. Resources from across the United States were mobilized to assist. We will hear from responders involved in fighting this fire as well as the actions taken to date since the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

Stop 2: Table Rock State Park Stop
During the fall of 2016 southern Appalachian wildfires the Pinnacle Mountain fire at Table Rock State Park grew to the largest wildfire ever in the mountains of SC. The upstate of SC has an active prescribed fire program and is part of the Fire Learning Network. Multiple state, federal and NGO partners work together to manage the SC Mountains with prescribed fire. We will discuss partnerships and how we have built successful prescribed burn programs across the area.

The workshops will take place on Monday, December 10, 2018, the day preceding the conference. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on a defined topic. We view these workshops as an opportunity for technology transfer: the process to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wide range of users who can then further develop and apply them. There is an additional charge of $10 to attend the workshops.

WORKSHOPS (Descriptions PDF)

Evaluation Methods in Fire Management: A Crash Course
Dr. Eric Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management, York University

12 O’Clock High Leadership: Lessons from the Cockpits of the Greatest Generation to the Fire Line
John Tippett, Director, Fire Service Programs, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Courage to Be Safe® in the Wildland
Richard Best, Everyone Goes Home® Advocate Program Manager for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, City of Westerville Ohio Division of Fire, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,

Training That Makes a Difference… For All Firefighters
Richard “Rick” Mason, Training & Education Coordinator, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Luck Runs Out
Mark Smith, Mission-Centered Solutions

Suicide Prevention within the Fire Service: Thinking Critically and Taking Action
Mary VanHaute, Coordinator/Trainer, St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation

If you have any questions, please contact Mikel Robinson at [email protected] or (406) 531-8264.

Sponsorship Prospectus

We would like to invite you to participate as a sponsor and/or exhibitor at the 15th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 5th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, December 10-14, 2018.

Don’t miss these sponsorship opportunities designed for organizations who want access and exposure to decision makers in the Wildland Fire Community.

  • Network with 200+ professionals from the wildland fire community.
  • Increase your visibility, and your organizations strong commitment to IAWF and the entire wildland fire community.
  • Expand opportunities with existing clients.
  • Build new relationships.

Exhibitor Package ($1,250)
Booth Space (Monday evening, Tuesday—Thursday)

  • 10 x 8 exhibit space, including pipe, drape, table and chairs
  • One full conference pass including catering and social functions (Add’l reps $300/each)
  • Listing in conference program booklet and conference webpage
  • List of conference attendees

Exhibitor/Sponsorship Information
Your support of this event will help us keep registration fees low and provide opportunities to present research and management findings to professionals working in the fields of social science, fire ecology, fire management, forest management, and related disciplines. All sponsors will be recognized and acknowledge upon their commitment of sponsorship.

Reserve your booth today!

Get involved by donating some of your time during the conference as a volunteer.  Anyone is eligible to volunteer; however, students will have first preference.   You will be eligible for a discounted registration fee of $125. Volunteers are expected to work at least 5 hours and help with tasks such as moderating sessions, helping at registration, and more.  After you register as a volunteer, we will send you more information and the link to the volunteer schedule.

Shift Descriptions
Audio Visual/Presentation Gathering – Monitor the speaker ready room and collect presentations from speakers during assigned hours. This entails copying presentations from a thumb drive or CD onto a computer and placed in the appropriate session folder. The job requires knowledge of computers and PowerPoint.

Registration Desk – Work at the IAWF registration desk during the conference. Give attendees their registration badges and materials at check-in and answer general questions. This job involves a lot of talking.

Exhibitor Assistance – Assist exhibitors with setting up their exhibits.

Miscellaneous Helper – Assist with activities or needs as they arise.

Let us know if you have any questions. Email

Early Registration Opens: June 18
Call for Presentations: June 18 – Extended to September 10
Presenters Notified: Extended to September 24
Program finalized: October 15
Hotel Room Block Expires: November 14
Conference: December 10-14

The IAWF and Conference Organizing Committee are committed to hosting a sustainable and inclusive conference.

This includes:

  • Selecting a venue committed to responsible green practices; 
  • Providing limited printed materials;
  • Providing a Mobile Application (Whova) with digital agenda;
  • Providing recycling receptacles throughout the venue;
  • Providing thoughtful giveaways (sustainable and useful);
  • Working with the venue to provide sustainable catering choices, and using local food vendors as much as possible.

Family Friendly Conference
If you are breastfeeding or traveling with children, please let us know in advance so we can make your time at the conference more comfortable.  We will have a quiet nursing room for breastfeeding and pumping and we can help find childcare close to the conference location.

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