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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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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
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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
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Imagine a place where people live surrounded by beautiful natural areas, where residents love the environment and enjoy recreational opportunities such as riding, outdoor sports and just walking the dog. People live in homes that they cherish, and are engaged in local community activities such as school, church and local... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A story in yesterday's Payson Roundup elaborated on how leaders in this fire-prone community were working on educating residents to become safer from wildfire. Today's community event was specifically tied in to national Fire Prevention Week and was designed to help people learn what they can do to make their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As my NFPA colleagues have pointed out in earlier blogs this week, Fire Prevention Week began early in the 20th century as a response to the 1871 Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire. Major urban conflagrations at the end of the 19th century and on into the early 1900s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I attended an excellent workshop on October 9 led by Rob Gazzard of the Forestry Commission England, along with members of the fire service in southern England, Nature England staffers, and a lead volunteer from the Heathland Conservation Society. Land managers and fire fighters alike shared knowledge and worked through... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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More than a decade ago, former NFPA staffer Denise Laitinen, a journalist and community and fire education specialist, moved to Hawaii and instituted local Firewise programming in cooperation with the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Under the auspices of Firewise Communities Hawaii, Denise recently conducted an unprecedented week-long Firewise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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April's devastating fire in Valparaiso, Chile, reminded me in many ways of similar scenarios in the US, including the media's tendency to call out each fire event as "the worst" that has ever happened. But in many ways, government leadership included, Chile's recovery from a "worst ever" event in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog