Wildfire Policy Committee

“To safely and effectively extinguish fire when needed; use fire where allowable; manage our natural resources; and as an international community, to live with wildland fire.”

Wildfire Policy Committee

The purpose of the WFCA Wildfire Policy Committee (WPC) is to provide leadership to the western states in wildland fire management planning, mitigation, recovery, technology, and sustainability. WFCA is a lead collaborator and takes an aggressive role in representing local fire services when addressing wildland fire planning and policy issues.

WFCA’s WPC is in alignment with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and supports the vision statement from the United States National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy and adopted a vision for this century that serves the international community:

“To safely and effectively extinguish fire when needed; use fire where allowable; manage our natural resources; and as an international community, to live with wildland fire.”

 

Please send any questions for the committee to: [email protected].

Our Committee Members

The WPC is designed to take national wildfire policy initiatives and disseminate details to its respective State Fire Chief Associations to build action at the local level. The WPC also provides two-way direct input up the ladder to best represent local government fire services.

Josh Waldo - Chair

Fire Chief, Bozeman Fire Department

Kim Zagaris

Wildfire Policy & Technology Advisor, WFCA

Bob Roper

Wildfire Policy & Procedure Advisor, WFCA

Robert Horton

Senior Director of Research & Policy, WFCA

Rich Cowger - Montana

Fire Chief, Columbus Fire

Bradford Ventura - Hawaii

Fire Chief, County of Maui

Rich Harvey - Nevada

Fire Chief, Central Lyon County Fire

Brian Fennessy - California

Fire Chief, Orange County Fire Authority

Jayson Coil - Arizona

Assistant Chief, Sedona Fire District

Riley Pilgrim - Utah

Assistant Chief, Unified Fire Authority

Mike Maltaverne - Idaho

Fire Chief, Teton County Fire Rescue

Michael Keenan - Alaska

Fire Chief, Central Mat-Su Fire Department

Christine Fejeran - WPI

Forestry Division Chief, Guam Department of Agriculture

Mariana Ruiz-Temple - Oregon

Oregon State Fire Marshal

Leonard Johnson - Washington

Fire Chief, McLane Fire

Frank Frievalt

Director of WUI Fire Institute, Cal Poly

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