Pre-Conference Focus Day

9:00 am - 9:50 am Registration & Coffee

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


10:00 am - 11:00 am Australia’s 2019-2020 Wildfire Season – A Rundown

Daniel Buckley - Wildland Fire Director, National Park Service

Australia’s most recent wildfire season has been devastating, burning over 18 million acres and killing 34 people and over half a billion animals. In this session, attendees will hear about the Department of the Interior’s role in international mobilization of fire fighters for the Australian Bushfire.


Daniel Buckley

Wildland Fire Director
National Park Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Networking Break


11:30 am - 12:30 pm Advancing International Cooperation on Wildfires

Ian Meier - Executive Director, British Columbia Wildfire Service
There are numerous opportunities for cross-agency equipment and information sharing to better manage wildfires. This panel of firefighters from agencies in the Canada will discuss areas of current and potential collaboration for preventing and suppressing wildfires.

Ian Meier

Executive Director
British Columbia Wildfire Service

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Integrating Various Tools Across Agencies – Incident Response Management

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 incident commanders at some of the deadliest recent fires discuss their experiences and the tools that they employ in the hopes of establishing more efficient incident response, equipment and vehicle ordering logistics and best practices.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Data Standards and Management

Cole Belongie - Data Integrator, US Forest Service
The massive amounts of data generated by remote sensing, climate and weather tracking and other sources creates a major challenge for state and federal agencies hoping to put all of that data to work effectively. This panel consisting of representatives from the National Interagency Fire Center will discuss the best way to manage varying data standards and the steps they are taking to remedy data issues.

Cole Belongie

Data Integrator
US Forest Service

2:45 pm - 2:55 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks


2:55 pm - 3:00 pm END Of Focus Day