The Municipality of Tondela (Portugal), with the help of ADAI (WUIWATCH partner) and the Voluntary Firefighters of Tondela Vale de Besteiros, are celebrating a workshop on forest fires and wildland-urban interface the next 20th of May. In it several subjects will be presented and discussed, on fire behaviour and consequences and the importance of community education, and the training of Civil Protection agents. You find more info and registration forms at the Tondela Cityhall page. This is a good example of commitment of a local Administration for the understanding and awareness of WUI problems at local scale.
Viewing posts from April, 2016
Researchers from the University of Leicester have obtained a map of WUI distribution across Europe, showing countries most at risk of catastrophic fire damage. Here you find a link to the full article.
Date: 21/04/2016 Hour: 10:00 CET Room: https://zoom.us/j/640311947
The response to wildfires that affect WUI, and the emergencies that it creates, involves the management of large amounts of information (fire potential, changing fire behavior, population in risk, resources, etc.) in a rapidly changing environment that may overwhelm emergency responders.
The ICFF-WUI will take place in Aix en Provence, France, the next 25-27th of May 2016, organised by IRSTEA in the French Academy for Fire, Rescue and Civil Protection Officers (ENSOSP, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers), near Aix en Provence. More details in the Conference Website
The WUIWATCH research team at the Testing and Research Centre of the Entente (CEREN) in France have conducted a series of essays on the endurance of protective equipment used by firefighters of the SDIS 13 - Sapeurs Pompiers des Bouches du Rhône. An initial preparatory test has been carried out to determine the period of sustained heat flux above 20 kW/m2 emitted by a 2x2m fire panel, equivalent to a real exposure to radiative heat in a WUI situation. A second battery of tests have been performed to identify the damage intensity on the fire equipment actually used by firefighters. A first set of conclusions have been obtained, showing that the expected damage is uneven, being more intense in the upper part of legs. Some videos available at the WUIWATCH YouTube Channel :