Wildfire Mitigation: Wildfire Risk, Safety Culture & Innovations for Utility Operations - Part 1

September 10, 2020


AGENDA

Thursday, September 10, 2020 : Pacific Time

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Log In

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Webinar Timing

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. :: Q&A


Weather Monitoring & Vegetation Management: Understanding the Wildfire Risk to Utilities  and our Communities

A proactive vegetation management program is critical in high fire risk areas. Such programs typically include the trimming and removal of trees and other fuel sources. Available remote environmental sensing technologies exist to determine which areas are driest and more vulnerable to fire ignitions. In this complimentary webinar, you will hear how to use weather predictive services to fully understand risk and develop appropriate action plans to better mitigate wildfire threats. Wildfire experts will examine all the factors that need to be considered when evaluating the overall risk to people, property, assets and infrastructure. Industry professionals will share their real-world experiences and how the lessons learned from decades of confronting aggressive wildfires can be shared to better prepare for what is coming at us – more wildfire!  Attend this free webinar for a look at the good, bad & ugly of vegetation management: considering topography and weather plus proximity of new wildfires to the local community.


INSTRUCTORS

Shawn Bethel, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist; Director, Business Development, FTS

Shawn Bethel is the Director of Business Development at Forest Technology Systems Inc. (FTS) based in Victoria, British Columbia. Started in 1980, FTS is a manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring solutions including systems, instrumentation, software and communications technology to support wildfire management, hydrology and meteorological services industries. The company’s hardware and software technologies comprise the single largest wildfire weather monitoring network in the world.  Shawn is helping FTS and its sister companies within the Advanced Environmental Monitoring (AEM) group to help support critical decision making in the power utility industry by providing greater field awareness during times of heightened wildfire risk to the transmission and distribution operations and the surrounding communities


Frank Archuleta, Wright Tree Services

Mr. Archuleta graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resource Management in 1995 and is an ISA Certified Arborist.  Frank was directly involved in wildland fire for a ten-year period, including four years with the Logan Hotshots and a year working at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Wildfire Science Laboratory. After that he worked in the habitat restoration and exotic plant management fields, including four years running the National Capital Region Exotic Plant Management Program for the National Park Service.  Frank then went to work for Wright Tree Service as a Safety Supervisor in March of 2017 and accepted the Wildfire Specialist Position for Wright Service Corp. in August of 2019.


Chris White, Owner, Anchor Point Group

Mr. White is the Chief Operating Officer of Anchor Point Group LLC. Mr. White has specialized in Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Management for over 30 years. He started his fire career in 1987 working with both the US and Colorado State Forest Service. After taking on the responsibility of pre-planning for approximately 1,100 subdivisions for wildland fire hazards and developing mitigation plans to reduce wildfire impacts, Mr. White became Colorado’s first county-level Wildland Fire Coordinator in Summit  County. Mr. White has been a member of the Western Governors Association (WGA) Federal Fire Policy Review Committee, WGA Prescribed Fire Policy Committee, NWCG Hazard and Risk Assessment Methodology Committee, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Wildland Fire Committee. Mr. White offers additional technical expertise as a Structure Protection Specialist to Type 1 and 2 National Incident Management Teams. As a certified Structure Protection Specialist, he is responsible for integrating fire-behavior modeling and structure protection tactics to develop structure protection plans for large fire events throughout the US.


ONLINE DELIVERY

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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