Fire Adapted Communities (FAC)
The IAFC is an active partner in the National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy. As part of the IAFC's commitment to the development and implementation of the Cohesive Strategy we provide information and resources to the fire service, including a focus on Fire-Adapted Communities (FAC), a strategy toward the safe co-existence of human populations, infrastructure and wildland fire.
The IAFC's focus on FAC has taken shape in the work of the IAFC's Wildland Fire Policy Committee, the Ready, Set, Go! Program and the Wildland-Urban Interface conference, and guidance documents like Your Role in Fire Adapted Communities, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Fire Administration.
Learn more about the IAFC;s efforts toward Fire Adapted Communities by visiting the FAC information page on the RSG! Program website.
The FAC Toolkit, released by IAFC's FAC program, helps agencies and individuals promote the fire adapted concept within their communities. FAC is a concept that is used to convey the preparedness message from the USDA Forest Service and related federal and state land management agencies that encourages individuals to acknowledge and prepare for wildland fire threats at the community level.
A fire adapted community requires minimal assistance from firefighters during a wildland fire event as its residents have accepted personal responsibility to seek out information and take action. This is important as the fire service often times does not have the required resources to respond to every home affected by wildland fire. To prepare yourself, your property and become a leader of the FAC effort in your community, use the resources in the FAC Toolkit, which includes wildland fire awareness and preparedness resources from the IAFC and our FAC Coalition partners.
The Hero in You - PSA
FAC Toolkit Video
Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Video
The FAC Learning Network has produced a video showcasing the Austin and Boise Fire Departments' fire-adapted efforts in their respective communities. Watch to learn examples of how these fire departments implemented the concept and how it can relate to your FAC efforts. The IAFC Wildland Fire Program has a FAC toolkit available to support your local efforts. To obtain a copy, contact staff at RSG@iafc.org. If you are a RSG! Program member, please share your FAC efforts with us in our Achievement Management System. If you are not a RSG! member, please consider joining the program today at www.wildlandfireRSG.org.
The IAFC and the Ready, Set, Go! Program are partners of the FAC Coalition. The coalition is a group of partners committed to helping communities and their members adapt to living with wildland-fire by reducing their risk for damage without compromising firefighter or civilian safety. Additional partners include:
- Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
- National Association of State Foresters
- National Fire Protection Association & Firewise
- National Volunteer Fire Council
- National Wildfire Coordinating Working Group – Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Committee
- The Nature Conservancy & Fire Learning Network
- USDA Forest Service
- United States Department of the Interior
- United States Fire Administration
- The Watershed Research and Training Center
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Interview with Chief Kelvin Cochran, U.S. Fire Administrator