October 25, 2020

Understanding the wildfire risk using existing hardware and software technologies to monitor and predict wildfire threats is equally, if not more important than having the right quantity, mix and availability of wildfire suppression resources to respond to wildfires when they occur. Wildfire management, especially the suppression efforts take place during very dynamic, often chaotic circumstances. Gathering, reporting and sharing timely information about weather conditions and fuel indices (vegetation moisture) as they are changing, is paramount to enabling emergency managers to make critical decisions at critical times. 

This webinar examines what enabling technologies the wildfire management professionals use including automated weather stations, automated camera observation systems and modern, cloud-based software systems to maintain a high level of ‘real-time’ situational awareness, support a common operating picture across emergency management agencies and keep our communities safe from wildfire threats. 

LOWER LAKE, CA – JULY 31: Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house on July 31, 2015 in Lower Lake, California. Over 900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 15,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. The fire is currently five percent contained and has destroyed three homes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Shawn Bethel: FTS Director of Business Development

Shawn Bethel: FTS Director of Business Development

With 30 years in wildfire management, few people have more environmental monitoring experience in the industry than Shawn Bethel. 

Shawn has a long and storied history in wildfire management and monitoring. During his 20 years in wildfire operations in British Columbia, he went from being a wildland firefighter and rappelling from helicopters to becoming Manager of the International Development Program for the Province of British Columbia, providing fire management training and consulting services to agencies throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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