The Boise Fire Department will host an International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Department Exchange (IAFC FDX) October 9-11 in Boise. This year, fire departments from Austin, Charleston, Lake Travis, Boulder, Spokane, Santa Clara, Ashland, Santa Fe and Colorado Springs will be attending.
The goal of FDX is to facilitate information exchange, and sharing of best practices, between departments that face varied levels of wildland fire challenges. The departments will share experiences, including successes and failures, in order to broaden their knowledge-base, consider alternative measures, create new solutions, improve overall practices and build efficiencies within wildland fire outreach, prevention, mitigation and management. The exchange will encourage departments to embrace new ideas and tools, while building relationships within a network of practitioners. The exchange will also lead departments through implementing a post-exchange action plan to strengthening each department’s wildland fire program.
Note: On October 9and 11, the meetings will be at JUMP (1000 W Myrtle Street). On October 10, they group will be on a field tour in the morning at NIFC and the Idaho Firewise Garden, then meeting in the afternoon at the new Boise Fire Department Training Center off of Joplin Rd.
FDX is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) as part of their wildland fire programs through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Forest Service.