As a member of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) representative Chief (Ret.) Erik Litzenberg provides this intergovernmental committee with the challenges faced by local fire service leaders and attainable recommendations to ensure coordination, accountability, and effective implementation of wildfire management policy and long-term strategies. Through the collaborative efforts of WFLC members, the mission is to create long-range benefits for wildfire management, promote fire-adapted communities, and create resilient landscapes.
The non-federal WFLC members have joined together to share their Fire Year 2021 message, acknowledging recent new challenges in addition to existing challenges faced by all involved in wildland fire management activities and implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. This message is complementary to those that have been shared by the federal partners of the WFLC.
In addition to serving as the local voice of the fire service as a member of the WFLC, the IAFC’s Wildland Fire Policy Committee and Wildland Fire Programs offer many resources to members facing wildfire and wildland-urban interface challenges to help you, your department, and your community implement the tenets of the Cohesive Strategy in an effort to create a safer, more resilient environment. To learn more and access resources, visit IAFC.org/wildland and wildlandfireRSG.org.
Please send any inquiries you may have on this topic to RSG@iafc.org or Meghan@iafc.org.