Conference Day One - Wildfire Suppression

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration & Coffee

While registering for the Main Summit Day 1, enjoy your morning cup of coffee, light
snacks and lively peer-to-peer conversation.

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:45 am Promoting Efficiency and Safety in Aerial Firefighting and Fire Retardant Application

Kim Christensen - Deputy Assistant Director of Fire and Aviation Operations, US Forest Service
Aerial Firefighting is a crucial part of wildfire response. Fire Aviation representatives from the USFS, the DOI and state agencies will discuss the latest developments in aerial firefighting. This includes:
·         Impacts of the shift to “call when needed” (CWN) contracting practices from “exclusive use” (EU) contracts on suppression and prevention
·         Ongoing measures to improve safety and efficiency
·         Impact of next-gen aircraft on fire suppression
·         The use of geospatial technologies to better manage airspace and pinpoint where to drop long-term fire-retardant
·         Best practices on when and where to use long-term fire retardants, foams or gels for wildfire suppression
·         Sharing with the DoD on drones, MAFFS and other aerial equipment
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Kim Christensen

Deputy Assistant Director of Fire and Aviation Operations
US Forest Service

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

Assistant Executive for Public Safety
Santa Barbara County

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Kevin Taylor

Fire Chief
Montecito Fire Protection District

10:30 am - 11:15 am Morning Networking Break and Demo Drive


11:15 am - 12:00 pm Communications Infrastructure and Mobile Communication Tools

Sean Triplett - Branch Leader for Tools and Technology, NIFC, US Forest Service
Wildfire response with access to communications networks and without access to communications networks are vastly different. Speakers and topics will include:
·         Representatives from First Net will speak about how they are working to provide network capacity to firefighters in the field
·         Operational personnel from state firefighting agencies will speak about their need for devices that could make mobile communications more effective
·         Infrastructure and tools such as mobile hotspots and satellite communication
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Sean Triplett

Branch Leader for Tools and Technology, NIFC
US Forest Service

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch


12:45 pm - 1:30 pm 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
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John Scardena

former Federal Emergency Response Official
Doberman Emergency Management

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Risk Management: Communication and Collaboration with Power Companies

Power lines have the potential to spark wildfires, especially during particular weather events, and are a major risk for both wildfire agencies and the power companies that own them. This panel consisting of various power company stakeholders will discuss how they hope to collaborate with fire agencies to mitigate wildfire risk, particularly through the use of geospatial and remote sensing technologies and strategies like communicating the need for intentional outages in certain weathe situations.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Risk Management: Insurance

The wildland-urban interface is often the area where wildfires do the most damage to human life and property, and as such has been of particular focus to wildfire agencies, homeowners, businesses and the insurance industry. This panel consisting of various insurance industry stakeholders will discuss the latest geospatial and remote sensing tools and technology available for effective risk management and risk reporting in hopes of spurring better planning and coordination among stakeholders in the wildland-urban interface.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Post Conference Networking