Conference Day One

11:15 - 11:30 Logging Into Online Event and Joining Online Meeting Rooms

Grab a cup of coffee, and get to know your fellow attendees.

What are the best ways to respond to wildfires in the field, and how do fire agencies at the federal, state and local level use communication tools to collaborate effectively? This session will see LA County Fire discuss their experiences and the tools that they employ in the hopes of establishing more efficient incident response, aerial firefighting coordination, deployment, equipment and vehicle logistics and best practices.


Bill Hirsch

Principal Solutions Architecht


Roland Sprewell

Battalion Chief, Public Information Office
Los Angeles County Fire Department

12:45 - 13:15 Perspectives on Wildfire Prevention and Emergency Response in California

Nic Elmquist - Wildland Fire Specialist, Montecito Fire Department

Representatives from agencies that participated in fire response during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 wildfire season will engage in a discussion on their experiences, what worked, what didn’t and ways for continuing collaboration across various state and federal agencies on wildfire suppression and emergency response.


Nic Elmquist

Wildland Fire Specialist
Montecito Fire Department

13:15 - 13:45 Challenges for Interagency Coordination on Wildland Fire

Kim Christensen - Deputy Assistant Director of Fire and Aviation Operations, US Forest Service

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho is the clearinghouse for all interagency coordination of wildland fire agencies and departments. This session will explore the operation challenges at the NIFC for incident management during large scale fires.


Kim Christensen

Deputy Assistant Director of Fire and Aviation Operations
US Forest Service

13:45 - 14:00 Break

13:45 - 14:15 Wildfires and Drones: How Emerging Technologies Are Impacting Disaster Operations

John Scardena - former Federal Emergency Response Official, Doberman Emergency Management

Our problem is time. Coordinating accurate information quickly between local, state, and federal partners is critical in life-saving and stabilization missions. Whether we need to see real-time updates, or validate the economic impact of disasters, boots on the ground help, but is it enough? This session explores how the inaugural use of tactical level drones (sUAS) impacted the 2017 Southern Californian Wildfires and what that means for emergency response in the future


John Scardena

former Federal Emergency Response Official
Doberman Emergency Management

DJI, the global market leader in drone technology and innovation, will provide an overview about how drones are quickly becoming an essential tool for fighting wildfires and other emergency response. Learn the facts about DJI’s technology, how users utilize drones safely and securely, and potential federal policies that may impact the future of its use.


Mark Aitken

Director of U.S. Legislative Affairs


Wayne Baker

Director of Public Safety Integration

15:00 - 15:30 Enhanced Wildfire Situational Awareness: Use of Field Data to Make Critical Decisions at Critical Times

Shawn Bethel - Director of Business Development, FTS

This session will look at how enhanced weather monitoring, predictive services and observational tools can be used to enhance wildfire situational awareness, as well as create a common operating picture that can reduce the impacts of wildfires by supporting wildfire operations personnel to make critical decisions at critical times.


Shawn Bethel

Director of Business Development

16:00 - 16:30 Joining Online Meeting Rooms, End of Online Day 1