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Workshop/Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management

Workshop/Training: ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management

Photo by Nick Skowronski

Photo by Nick Skowronski

Check out our blog post by Marie Cook for her reaction to this workshop!

When it comes to wildfire protection, local, state, and federal agencies must be able to respond at a moment’s notice. ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) tools enable wildland firefighters to protect life, property, and natural resources through comprehensive planning and coordinated response. From simple fire suppression to complex, large-scale incident response involving numerous agencies, training in GIS tools can help you make accurate decisions under any conditions. 

The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission (NFFPC) and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE) are co-sponsoring this useful workshop/training.

  • November 27-28, 2018 - South Portland, ME

Day 1: Introduction to ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management
8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Learn to use Collector and Survey123, including data export and interpretation. These GIS tools can capture critical information to firefighter situational awareness. Where is the fire located? What is the best way to access the fire? What is the terrain and fuel type? Where are the evacuation routes? What are the hazards to responding units? What are the values at risk? Whose jurisdiction is the incident within? Participants will learn to capture, share, and display these data on mobile devices. This course will also involve a field exercise.
Target Group: Field-based fire personnel including first responders, squad and crew bosses, helitack personnel, as well as natural resource professionals in prescribed fire and other applications. 
Course Prerequisites: “Smart” phone, tablet, or other mobile device required.

Day 2: ESRI Decision-Support Tools and Applications for Wildland Fire Management
8:00 am- 5:00 pm

This course will dig deeper into the computer-based GIS functionality behind data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Participants will use these tools to track resources, assess changing fire behavior, predetermine tactics and strategies, produce key maps to support suppression operations, and measure progress toward meeting established objectives. 
Target Group: Fire management staff officers, agency administrators, command staff, incident commanders.
Course Prerequisites: Introduction to ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management. Basic familiarity with GIS software is recommended. Students will be required to provide their own laptop computer for the course.

REGISTRATION FEE:      $50 per day for both Northeast Compact members and non-members. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and breaks. Member agencies will be invoiced after the course. All others need to make payment or payment arrangements prior to attending training. NAFSE travel funding may be available for this event.

Nominations forms must be filled out for all attendees. If you are not a member of the Compact, there is no need to get a supervisor's approval, the form is for registration purposes only. All attendees must also fill out the financial form and non-Compact attendees must pay ahead of time. 



·     Deadline for submitting forms will be October 26th, 2018.

·     Individuals will be notified by November 2, 2018, as to course admittance.

Send the Nomination and Financial forms to:
Eric Earle
1 Mountainview Road
Massey Drive, NL A2H 7A7
email (preferred)
Fax: 207-968-3782

ACCOMMODATIONS:  A block of rooms is reserved at the Merry Manor Inn (207-774-6151) at a NFFPC rate of $ 89.00 (USD) for a single or double room. Candidates are to make their own arrangements for rooms.  Please state that you are with the Northeast Compact group.  Students need to make their own room reservations by November 9, 2018.

Merry Manor Inn – Best Western, Portland Maine. 
700 Main Street
South Portland, Maine 04106
Phone: 207-774-6151
Fax: 207-871-0537