Wildfire Mitigation: Wildfire Risk, Safety Culture & Innovations for Utility Operations - Part 2

September 17, 2020


Thursday, September 17, 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

Fostering a Culture of Safety in Utility Operations: Bite Size Technology Innovations that Support Wildfire Mitigation Efforts

A critical component of wildfire mitigation is the ability to assess and forecast wildfire risk based on weather conditions and other environmental factors. These variables are dynamic, and accurate forecasting requires processing a large amount of data from multiple sources. The National Weather Service and other organizations provide information on fire risk for different areas. Many power utilities in high fire risk areas deploy their own weather stations and other sensors to collect weather data from the field and use a wide range of technologies to determine the fire risk and make informed decisions regarding the operation of the power system. Attend this free webinar for the latest critical information:

Investing in new technologies can be burdensome and expensive. Register for this free webinar to learn how these investments can be made into bite size, low cost solutions for immediate impact on increasing safety and operational efficiencies in power electric industry operations.


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

Darren Hutchinson, COO, Quintech Fire Services 

Tyler Smith, USA Wildfire Weather & Monitoring, FTS – Forest Technology Systems 


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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