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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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Last spring, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division staff came up with what we thought would be a great way to use Fire Prevention & Safety Grant funding from DHS/FEMA to assist the fire service with wildland fire education. This spring, I’m happy to say that we are watching our vision... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A new partnership between the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and DisclosureSave, LLC will bring wildfire risk management to the forefront of California's real estate community. Starting April 5, DisclosureSave, a leading provider of Natural Hazard Disclosure Reports to the real estate industry and a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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IAFC WUI, the annual wildland/urban interface fire conference put on by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, continues to grow in participation and in quality. NFPA has participated annually over its 14 year history, and this year, eight staff were on hand to network with participants who represent fire departments... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Nevada, here I come! I'm heading out to Reno in the morning to participate in the annual IAFC WUI Conference, a great event geared toward the fire service and focused on wildland/urban interface fire safety. Pretty soon, I'll be back in the Silver State, a bit further south, in Las... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Firefighters, land managers and community safety advocates all flock to the annual IAFC WUI Conference in Reno, Nevada, every March. NFPA's a long-standing proud partner with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and continues to offer its premier wildfire mitigation seminar as a pre-conference training opportunity. Register now for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In this third segment of an interview with Jeremy Keller, NFPA's Faith Berry asks about how the treatment of the immediate zone - from zero to 5 feet of the home - can impact the effectiveness and safety of first responders during a wildfire. Keller serves with the Macochee Joint... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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To better understand what residents can do in the immediate area around their homes, Faith Berry of NFPA's Wildland Fire team spoke with Jeremy Keller, who serves with the Macochee Joint Ambulance District and Bellefontaine Fire & EMS, in Ohio. In this second installment, he shares his observations on safety... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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To better understand what residents can do in the immediate area around their homes, NFPA's Firewise staff spoke with Jeremy Keller, who serves with the Macochee Joint Ambulance District and Bellefontaine Fire & EMS, in Ohio. Jeremy also serves on NFPA's Technical Commitee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. He... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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It seems that recent news accounts concerning wildfires relate stories of fires that burn hotter and out of control, moving swiftly across acres of fire-prone areas with seemingly little one can do except hope to get out of the way. At last fall's Backyards and Beyond Conference, NFPA’s Faith Berry... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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How can home builders and developers address the daunting risk of wildfire? A beautiful new e-book from Green Builder Media and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows how in just eight pages. “Design with Fire in Mind: Three Steps to a Safer New Home,” is based on principles from NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program, which addresses site design, construction and landscaping, as well as property maintenance and wildfire safety education of residents. These principles are based on solid fire science research into how homes ignite, and comes from the world’s leading fire experts (we’re looking at you, Drs. Jack Cohen... Continue reading
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How can home builders and developers address the daunting risk of wildfire? A beautiful new e-book from Green Builder Media and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows how in just eight pages. “Design with Fire in Mind: Three Steps to a Safer New Home,” is based on principles from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA Instructor Pat Durland leads students on a field exercise NFPA's lead instructor on all things wildfire reports back from a recent seminar this week in Orange County, California: "We had 33 in the class representing Orange County, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Carlsbad, LA County, San Diego County, San Diego City... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
A tip of the blogger hat to Gary Marshall of Bend, Oregon (Deputy Fire Marshal, retired) for sharing this video message from Oregon Governor Kate Brown. "NOW is the perfect time to prepare your home for the challenges that drought conditions may bring," says Governor Brown. I couldn't agree more. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I went to Korea last month to present with my colleague from the UK, Andy Elliott of the Dorset Fire Rescue Service in England. Last fall, I had the opportunity to visit the first Firewise community in England, which had been born out of efforts by Andy and his colleagues... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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While we haven't yet closed the books on 2015, NFPA's official magazine, NFPA Journal, has published a comprehensive look at the year's historic numbers around acres burned and costs incurred, as well as trends that might surprise you. Staff writer Jesse Roman uncovered some key facts and statistics that inform... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Much of what NFPA's Firewise program recommends is to keep homes and residential landscapes from becoming "fuel" for wildfires. This includes getting rid of downed limbs, dead vegetation, woody debris, pine needles and the like. But once you've gotten all of this unwanted, flammable material away from your house, what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Michele Steinberg is now following Faith Berry
Nov 16, 2015
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Every four years, the International Wildland Fire Conference takes place at a different spot on the globe. Sponsored by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, several international wildfire and forestry groups, as well as the USDA Forest Service and similar entities and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Can your home survive a wildfire? Dr. Jack Cohen thinks so. He demonstrates how Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire in a new NFPA video featuring recent findings from IBHS Research Center experiments with home ignitions from embers. Dr. Cohen's extensive research into why some homes burn and some survive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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It's not too late to nominate your colleagues for recognition of their outstanding wildfire mitigation efforts! The Wildfire Mitigation Awards were established in 2014 to acknowledge and applaud the great wildfire safety activities going on throughout the U.S. These awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I've just had the great pleasure of reviewing one of our featured presentations slated for Backyards & Beyond, NFPA's wildland fire education conference which kicks off tonight with a reception and runs through Saturday morning. Chris Roussel of Myriad Development will be speaking on the application of Firewise data in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The International Wildland Fire Conference is well underway at the Alpensia Convention Center and Resort in the beautiful mountainous region of Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is the sixth time that delegates from some 80 countries have come together to discuss and work on solutions to the many aspects of wildland... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Wondering what your teen daughter or son can do for a creative community service project this fall? NFPA's here with its TakeAction resources to help your teen find a project that will get community service credit, help his neighbors become safer from wildfire AND could win her a $500 scholarship!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Leaders, innovators and pioneers - stand up and be recognized! Nominations for the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are now open. Sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the USDA Forest Service, these awards recognize... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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If you've been planning to get to NFPA's Backyards & Beyond wildfire education conference next month in Myrtle Beach, we've got great news for you! Discounted "early-bird" registration is still available til Friday, October 9. The 3-day educational program featuring more than 50 sessions is not the only thing that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog