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Request for Proposal: America Burning Wildland Urban Interface Researcher/Writer

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has been awarded funding to manage the America Burning WUI project through the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and cooperators. 

Over the past twelve months, leadership representing various national organizations and state and federal agencies have built strong energy for a call to action. On several occasions, city and county officials have spoken passionately about the need for resident and local government to be a part of the solution, and a consolidated and coordinated effort was conceptualized. The Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) formed a Steering Group to help frame out the need and begin the process of distilling key issues. 

Building from this, the Steering Group developed a potential framework to help address the ever-evolving challenge of wildland fire in the wildland-urban interface. The IAFC will lead this effort ensuring involvement from federal and national stakeholder organizations, including cities, counties, tribes, and local fire service representation. The IAFC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association with more than 12,000 members representing the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. 

The IAFC will collaborate with an established Steering Group to develop a workplan. This will include review of existing project framework, identification, and inclusion of additional stakeholders, subject-matter experts, facilitators, writers, and editors to produce a comprehensive report. 

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is for current or retired individuals with extensive experience and knowledge in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) response, preparedness, mitigation and risk reduction. The individual must be very well versed in the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and familiar with America Burning and related publications. The individual must also provide an example of previous work that demonstrates exemplary research and writing skills. It is preferred the individual is familiar with Steering Group stakeholders and has prior experience working with high-level representatives from agencies including: U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Association of State Foresters (NASF), National League of Cities (NLC), and Department of Interior Office of Wildland Fire (DOI). 

Individuals who submit a resume and cover letter speaking to their experience and qualifications and provide research/writing samples will be reviewed and selected based on the criteria listed in this PDF.

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