Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center staff accepted the National Fire Plan Award for Excellence in Firefighter Preparedness, Training and Safety.

Interagency Center Receives National Fire Plan Award

Division of Fire & Aviation

Based at the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI) in Tucson, Arizona, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center's purpose is to improve safe work performance and organizational learning in interagency wildland fire. An interagency organization, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC) was one of the recipients of the 2005 National Fire Plan Awards presented in Phoenix, Arizona on March 7, 2006. Paula Nasiatka, a National Park Service employee, Dave Christenson, the USDA Forest Service representative, and Jonetta Holt, Editorial Assistant were at the ceremony to receive the award for Excellence in Firefighter Preparedness, Training and Safety. The award was well deserved as LLC has made great strides in helping the interagency wildland fire community become a learning organization. It has initiated sessions regarding lessons learned including two advanced After Action Review train the trainer workshops in Salt Lake City and two Managing the Unexpected workshops in Santa Fe, NM, and Jacksonville, FL. These sessions were attended by over three hundred inter-agency fire personnel working at all organizational levels. It also launched, an online community center to assist wildland fire communities of practice to identify one another, share learning opportunities, discuss issues and concerns, and exchange knowledge.

Other National Fire Plan Awards nominees that included the National Park Service were:

  • Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
    Excellence in Hazard Fuels Reduction
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
    Excellence in Hazard Fuels Reduction
  • Everglades National Park, Florida
    Excellence in Collaboration
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
    Excellence in Firefighter Preparedness, Training, and Safety
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California
    Excellence in Rehabilitation and Restoration
  • Los Alamos Fuel Mitigation Project - Los Alamos, New Mexico (Bandelier National Monument)
    Excellence in Hazard Fuels Reduction
  • California Fire Alliance (National Park Service units in CA)
    Excellence in Community Assistance
  • Kentucky/Tennessee Fire Academy Planning Group, Tennessee (Big South Fork NRA)
    Excellence in Firefighter Preparedness, Training, and Safety

The National Fire Plan (NFP) represents a long-term commitment and investment that is helping to protect communities, natural resources, and most importantly, the lives of firefighters and the public. This long-term commitment is shared among federal agencies, states, local governments, tribes, and interested publics. Collaboration, priority setting, and accountability are the guiding principles that will insure the continued success of the NFP.

The 4th annual National Fire Plan awards presentation ceremony was held at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center preceding the Wildland Fire Conference sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Association of State Foresters. The conference was designed to offer high quality learning and information exchange opportunities for all people charged with firefighting responsibilities, particularly those working in the Wildland Urban Interface areas.

Contact: Paula Nasiatka, Lessons Learned Center Manager
Phone: (520) 799-8760