New challenges in fighting wildfires is something countries across the world are dealing with and tomorrow, Boise Fire and the US Forest Service are meeting in Boise with counterparts from the country of Greece to share strategies and solutions.
The US Forest Service International Programs (IP) is hosting six Greek Fire and Forestry staff members from the Hellenic Fire Corps. The tour begins in Boise, October 9th, with the group visiting the National Interagency Coordination Center/ National Interagency Fire Center and then finishing their tour with Boise Fire Department on Thursday, October 13th.
“The study tour is a continuation of long-standing cooperation and information sharing between US Forest Service and Greek colleagues. We are dealing with similar challenges in firefighting with longer fire seasons, larger fires, and more frequent circumstances of fire in communities,” said US Forest Service International Program Manager Mike Mattfeldt. “We are glad to collaborate with the Boise Fire Department and are pleased to have the perspective of their skilled staff.”
As part of their private study tour, the Greek Delegation will meet with Boise Fire members, tour the Boise Front, and gain an understanding of Boise Fire’s wildfire operations, such as wildfire arson investigations, evacuation planning, and fuel reduction projects.
“We are so excited to host Hellenic Fire Corps members, and show them Boise Fire’s wildfire mitigation and response efforts,” said Boise Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer. “This is a great opportunity to collaborate and share experiences and knowledge around the fire service.”
From Boise, the cadre will head to Arcadia, CA to meet with a variety of fire and emergency managers, and firefighting agencies.
Interviews with Boise Fire and members from the Greek Fire Delegation, as well as video/photo opportunities during the tour are available upon request.