Main Conference Day One - Interagency Coordination

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Registration and Networking

While registering for the Main Summit Day 1, enjoy your morning cup of coffee, light

snacks and lively peer-to-peer conversation.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Challenges for Interagency Coordination and 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

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Training Effective Firefighters Across Agencies

G. Keith Bryant - US Fire Administrator, US Fire Administration, FEMA

This session from the US Fire Administration will touch on procedures, practices, tools and technologies used by the US Fire Administration in developing the skills of our nation's wildland firefighters across all of our local, state and federal wildfire response agencies.


G. Keith Bryant

US Fire Administrator
US Fire Administration, FEMA

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Special Sponsorship Session

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch and Networking Break

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm US Perspectives on International Wildfire Cooperation

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, as well as perspectives from Australian Wildfire agencies on how they approached one of the greatest fire disasters in their nation’s history.


Daniel Buckley

Wildland Fire Director
National Park Service

The 2020 fire season in Washington State saw more individual fires than in any other recorded year. This session will dive into the ways that Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia engaged in communication and collaboration to mitigate damage and preserve life and property over the course of the 2020 fire season. 


Chuck Turley

Wildfire Division Manager
Washington State Department of Natural Resources


John Giller

Fire, Fuels & Aviation Director, Pacific Northwest & Alaska Region
US Forest Service

This session will serve as a retrospective on the 2019-20 fire season in Australia and a look into how the current fire season is affecting Australia. Balancing responses to COVID-19 alongside harnessing new tools and technology for fire prevention, prediction, detection and suppression will be a major focus, and will serve as a model for other state and federal wildfire agencies for how to approach wildfire management during pandemics. 


David Lewis

Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Australia


David Tchappat

Acting Assistant Commissioner
Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Australia

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Post Conference Networking