Climate Change & Wildfires: From Past to Present & Preparing for the Future

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Climate Change & Wildfires: From Past to Present & Preparing for the Future with Chief Chris O'Brien and Firefighter Connor Kraegel

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Wildfires are not new, but over the past few years they have increased and intensified due to environmental conditions, such as dry air, drought and much more. In 2020, across the U.S., wildfires burned 10.1 million acres with the majority of these fires on federal lands. In addition, California and Colorado saw some of the largest fires in the previous years. Right now, 2021 is on track to be one of the worst fire years since 1960 with wildfires already burning across the country. Climate change is playing a large role in these fires. Join us for this special WIS webinar with wildlands firefighter, Chief Chris O'Brien. He will talk to the community about the changes in these fires through the years, stories of being on the front line, the causes of fires and how we can play a role in controlling them and helping through climate advocacy. In addition, firefighter Connor Kraegel will provide safety tips to be prepared for future fires for you, your family and your home. This is a special webinar and we ask for your help in supporting our brave firefighters affected by the wildfires by donating to the Lefthand Fire Station Construction Fundraiser to help build a new, updated fire facility for local wildlands firefighters to rest and eat. Learn more below and click on the GoFundMe link to donate today!

About Our Presenters

Chief Chris O'Brien

Connor Kraegel

Connor received his Bachelors Degree in International Rescue and Relief Operations. After school, he launched a small business that specializes in disaster preparedness and response, When All Else Fails Kits. He also worked in the field as an EMS and Wildfire firefighter. He has over 8 years of experience of battling wildfires. He currently works as a Paramedic and Firefighter for Frederick Firestone Fire Protection District. While not fighting wildfires, he serves on the board for Weld County Office of Emergency Management and works part time as a Division/Strike Team leader for Team Rubicon Disaster Response.

About the Lefthand Fire Station Construction Fundraiser

For over 50 years, the Lefthand Fire Protection District has been dedicated to protecting residents, cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts and visitors to our district. Lefthand’s crew of paid and unpaid professionals, more than 40 emergency personnel, are highly trained and experienced in structural firefighting, emergency medical services, wildland firefighting and structure protection, and services for homeowners like wildfire mitigation.

Your donations will help them to ensure every firefighter can come back to a station that is equipped for modern equipment to have a warm meal and comfortable living quarters. These brave firefighters respond to our community’s emergencies. When we ask them to either sleep in their cars or drive several hours away because the station can’t accommodate them, that impacts Lefthand’s ability to deploy teams throughout the community.

With your generous support, we can meet the challenges future fire seasons pose with the confidence that the people fighting these fires are well prepared and equipped to do everything they can to protect you and your home.

Donate through the GoFundMe page here:

About Women in Sustainability

Women in Sustainability (WIS) is an inclusive nonprofit based in the U.S. that brings together women and allies who are passionate about sustainability. WIS facilitates collective action to help fight the climate crisis and social injustices. We do this by intentionally providing a safe space for like minded individuals, encouraging collaboration, providing education and advocating for all.


Closed Captions will be available for this webinar.


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Women in Sustainability is an inclusive organization that brings together women and allies who are passionate about sustainability. We provide a safe place for like-minded individuals to connect, learn, and collaborate in order to fight climate change and social injustice. Our overarching goals are to save the planet through advocacy, to create an inclusive community, and to educate others about sustainability in all industries.

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