NFPA’s Firewise Communities organization recently held their annual conference – Backyards and Beyond – in Tampa Florida.  

John Sturtevant presented a full-day, pre-conference session titled Effectively Communicating the Firewise Message.
The nearly 40 participants included specialists from municipalities, government agencies, and fire departments from around the world.

“John showed us great examples of how to present difficult, complex, and often imposing material in a clear, concise way,” said Glen Gillman, a Fire Management Specialist from Austin Texas Water Utility.

“It was very information, and motivational,” added Leon Konz, from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. “I was exposed to many concepts and tools that I’ll use immediately on my job.”

“Great fun!” said Kimberly French, Fire Prevention Specialist for San Ramon Valley Fire Department. “John gave us easy-to-implement ideas and techniques that motivate me to write well.”

“It was an eye-opener for me,” said Pam Wilson, Program Coordinator for the Firewise Council of Colorado. “I learned to think clearly about my intentions before I jump into writing. This will definitely make me a more effective communicator.”

“This was the best communications workshop I’ve ever experienced!” said Roberta Wilford, Program Manager for Kenai Alaska Borough. “I gained a new perspective on clarity and writing well.”

“That’s right,” added Joan Helen Forest Landscape Architect with the Santa Fe National Forest. “It was a highly-energetic day with real specific examples of how to think clearly and write well. I’m already using what I learned.”

The Firewise Communities program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire - before a fire starts.

The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes community responsibility for planning in the design of a safe community as well as effective emergency response, and individual responsibility for safer home construction and design, landscaping, and maintenance.

John Sturtevant delivers onsite business writing training to organizations worldwide.