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Michele Steinberg
Quincy, Massachusetts
NFPA Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager
Interests: disaster safety, natural hazards, land use planning, wildland fire, mitigation, Firewise, community action, social behavior change, professional certification, training, home safety
Recent Activity
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Since the inception of NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program in 2002, residents of wildfire-prone neighborhoods have been asking the question, “What will becoming Firewise do to my insurance premium?” Until recently, the answer was, “Nothing.” Starting last year, however, the answer is much more positive. That’s because in May 2014,... Continue reading
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Today is June 30, the second anniversary of the deaths of 19 firefighters in a place called Yarnell Hill near Prescott, Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshot crew was overrun by wildfire while they were on duty attempting to contain the fire and prevent damages to homes in nearby communities. An... Continue reading
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NFPA Conference & Expo attendees heard from Paul Summerfelt this morning about a unique and wildly successful campaign to get Flagstaff, Arizona, residents to support a municipal bond for watershed protection and wildfire mitigation. Chief Summerfelt, the Wildland Fire Management Officer for the Flagstaff Fire Department, described the process of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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June's reputation as a month for weddings and honeymoons is changing, at least in Colorado, where it is now a reminder of fires, floods and other less benign events. The Colorado Springs Gazette has initiated a special assignment for the month of June on "Fires, Floods and the Future." Reporter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Two great educational opportunities are on offer just ahead of NFPA's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Educational Conference. On October 20-21, 2015, learners have the opportunity to choose a seminar on GIS and wildfire planning, or the newly revised NFPA seminar on assessing wildfire risks to structures. ESRI's Jennifer Schottke... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As our Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire rolls along, there's a great opportunity to participate in a unique and vibrant learning experience - NFPA's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference. Acting now to register will not only save you money, but put you in the company of... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The Kohala By The Sea (KBTS) Firewise Committee on Hawaii's Big Island honored the Firewise Communities Hawaii coordinator with a special plaque on May 17 in Hilo, Hawaii. Denise Laitinen was honored for her 12 years of service to the community and tireless efforts to promote wildfire safety throughout Hawaii.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Michele Steinberg with Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney and former NFPA Board member Lou Jekel Last week, I presented with my colleague Lucian Deaton on Firewise and wildfire safety topics at a symposium for continuing education credits for Arizona attorneys as part of the CLE program administered by Arizona State... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Celebrity sighting in DC! To Smokey's right, NFPA VP Lorraine Carli. At left, Michele Steinberg, NFPA President Jim Pauley NFPA leadership and staff had a great opportunity today to talk about wildfire safety and mitigation in our nation's capital. The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is holding its 27th Annual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Register by May 5 for a seat at NFPA's two-day seminar, Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone on May 19-20 in Springfield, Missouri, and earn continuing education credits and the opportunity to obtain a Certificate of Educational Achievement from NFPA. There is no registration fee for this seminar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA's annual Conference & Exposition (C&E for short) will be held in Chicago this year from June 22-25. In spite of its midwestern urban location, this year's conference is loaded with education sessions of interest to wildland fire safety practitioners, mitigation specialists, engineers, fire fighters and researchers. Relevant education sessions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A pine burns with snow on the ground on the Boise National Forest (Photo Credit: US Forest Service) A sobering post earlier this week on the USDA Blog gives us all a good reason to take stock of our wildfire safety efforts. Robert Westover with the Office of Communications for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Nearly half of the winners of the new Wildfire Mitigation Awards will be present at this week's IAFC WUI 2015 Conference in Reno, Nevada. Leaders with the four sponsoring organizations -- IAFC, NFPA, the National Association of State Foresters, and the USDA Forest Service -- will be on hand to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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On March 22-23, 2015, more than 35 wildfire safety professionals will participate in NFPA's newly revised Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone seminar at a pre-conference session at the IAFC WUI Conference in Reno, Nevada. What's learned in this classroom will go a long way toward helping people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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David Ropeik is a risk perception consultant who thinks, writes and talks about "the risk perception gap," our human tendency to worry about things we shouldn't and to NOT worry about things we should. For example, many people are afraid to travel by air, but if they really want to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Recently, I represented NFPA in developing a brand new award that recognizes outstanding efforts in proactive wildfire safety throughout the U.S. The 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are a collaborative effort among NFPA, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the USDA Forest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As my blogger friend Bill Gabbert relates in his Wildfire Today blog, back when PBS advertised this special in September, "there was much confusion about when it would air, with most of the erroneous information coming from the PBS website." All indications today, however, are that the special based on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA and its projects, programs and services will be well-represented at the upcoming IAFC conference, Wildland Urban Interface 2015. We're excited to be delivering our pre-conference two-day seminar, Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone, on March 22-23. Participants will be the first to enjoy our revised course, that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Well, the day I have been dreading for many months is finally here. On this last day of 2014, I say goodbye to my very dear friend and colleague, Linda Coyle, as she goes off to a happy and healthy retirement. Cheryl Blake, Linda and me, December 2014 Linda's one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
I am not sure why a dalmatian, but I think there is a history of dogs working with horses in the fire service, back when apparatus was drawn by horse and not by engine.
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In my new role as Division Manager with NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations, I'm delighted to welcome two new staff to our Denver and Quincy offices. Tom Welle joins the Denver office as a senior project manager and supervisor. Faith Berry joins the Quincy office as an associate project manager. Both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Are you a leader, an innovator or a pioneer? The new Wildfire Mitigation Award has been created just for you! Please nominate yourself, your organization or a worthy colleague for any of three categories of this prestigious award sponsored by NFPA, the National Association of State Foresters, and the International... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A super article in Firefighter Nation this month addresses fire incident command and the special challenges of coping with fast-moving fires that enter subdivisions and communities - those tricky, dangerous wildland/urban interface fires. Author Jim Linardos, a friend of Firewise, a fire service leader and no stranger to WUI fires... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Arkansas Firewise efforts include the whole community, including animals in shelters. Read for inspiration and great cat photos! It's a jungle out there... This local story link requires a quick free survey to read the entire article. http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/2130885.html Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog