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MCFWA's Wildfire Leadership Conference

Montana County Fire Warden's Association

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 3:00 PM - Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM (MDT)

MCFWA's Wildfire Leadership Conference

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Conference Registration Ended $85.00 $0.00
Conference Registration + 2015 Dues Ended $135.00 $0.00

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Friday, April 17, 2015

               9:00 am           Situation Analyst Montana Training Session 1 @ Library

              1:00 pm          Situation Analyst Montana Training Session 2 @ Library

              1:00 pm          Wildland Fire Committee @ DNRC Office

              Conference Starts at Holiday Inn

              3:00 pm          Fire Warden 101, DLA (former GSA) & DOD, Doug Williams, Rose Kirschenheiter, Todd Klemann

              4:00 pm          Fire Restrictions & Home Assessments, Crystal Beckman—DNRC

              5:00 pm          No Host Social

 Saturday, April 18, 2015

             8:00 am           Opening, Rick Seidlitz – MCFWA President
             8:15 am           Situation Analyst Montana , Patrick Lonergan – Gallatin County

             8:45 am          Grant Programs Overview

             9:15 am           Wildland Fire Reporting, Bruce Suenram - DNRC

             9:45 am           Break—Snack Provided

           10:00 am           State of the Co-Op Program Discussion, Ted Mead - DNRC & Panel

           11:30 am           Lunch—Meal Provided

                       John Tubbs, DNRC Director

            1:00 pm           Carlton Complex Fire, Scott Miller – Okanogan County

             1:45 pm           Break

             2:00 pm           Continued – Carlton Complex Fire

             2:45 pm           Break—Snack Provided

             3:00 pm           SR530 Slide Incident, Tod Gates – Incident Commander

             4:30 pm           Dinner on your own

 Sunday, April 19, 2015

             7:30 am           Yogurt & Fruit Bar

             8:00 am           Landowners & IMTs, Lincoln Chute (Flathead Co) & Fred Thompson (Helena IHC)

             9:00 am           Conference AAR, closeout on Co-Op Discussion

            10:00 am           Association business meeting and elections



Situation Analyst Montana

SAM is a proof of concept project funded by Homeland Security funds and sponsored by the Montana County Fire Warden's Association.  SAM utilizes a real time visual interface to capture and share incident information towards the goal of widespread situational awareness.  Attend either or both of the pre conference sessions to learn about and practice using the system with the help of the developers.  SAM is available at no cost to all agencies in Montana.

Wildland Fire Committee

The Wildland Fire Committee is comprised of members from DNRC, Montana State Fire Chiefs, and Montana County Fire Warden's Association.  This is the main forum for DNRC to interact with the Montana fire service on a regular basis.  This meeting is open to anyone to attend and hear about what is going on.

Fire Warden 101

Doug Williams, DNRC, will discuss what a Fire Warden is according to the Montana Code Annotated and DNRC Co-Op Program.  This is a good opportunity for those new to the role of Fire Warden, or for those wanting to freshen up on the legal changes in the last couple years.

Fire Restrictions and Home Assessments

Crystal Beckman, DNRC, is going to talk with us about what is happening with Fire Restrictions in Montana.  It seems that this is always rough to get consistency despite everyone's desire and Crystal will fill us in on the work taking place in the Northern Rockies to try and have this make sense to everyone.  She will then talk about DNRC's new home assessment worksheet that will soon be available to everyone for wildfire mitigation.

Situation Analyst Montana

Patrick Lonergan, Gallatin County, will give a quick overview of SAM covering what it is, what it can do for you, and the future direction of the system.

Grant Programs Overview

We will have a panel to provide a quick capstone of the grant programs out there and how to find out more information.  It appears that it is often challenging for everyone to keep track and people often miss deadlines due to lack of knoweldge.  Hopefully this discussion will give you a heads up this year.

Wildland Fire Reporting

Bruce Suenram, DNRC, is going to discuss wildland fire reporting in Montana.  This is a challenging topic that will likely have major impacts related to how we capture local wildland fire information and funding (legislative and grant).  Bruce will fill everyone in on what is likely coming in the future and we should be expecting.

State of the Co-Op Program

Ted Mead, DNRC, will lead a panel discussion on the future of the Co-Op Program in Montana.  Various factors are impacting what the Co-Op Program will likely look like in the future and this is DNRC's forum to discuss this interactively with the fire wardens.

Montana All Hazard IMT Activites

Many organizations have been working hard at building out local incident management capabilities here in Montana over the past couple years.  During lunch we will have a speaker talk about where we've been, what we've accomplished, and where we're heading.

Carlton Complex Fire

Scott Miller, Okanogan County, will be presenting on the Carlton Complex Wildfire in Washington State during 2014.  This fire is the largest in Washington State history burning over 300 homes and 250,000 acres of Okanogan County.  Scott will tell us about the incident and share some of their lessons learned from this experience.

SR530 Slide

Tod Gates, Lynnwood Fire Department, was the initial Type 3 Incident Commander for the SR530 (aka Oso) Landslide in 2014.  Tod will provide us an inside view of this incident and interesting insight on challenges that many may not have thoought of.  His presentation covers the full gamet of this incident providing a great amount of items to ponder about an incident that could happen in many places in Montana.

Landowners and IMTs

Lincoln Chute, Flathead County, and Fred Thompson, Helena IHC, will be talking about a challenging wildfire in Idaho between the fire personnel and local land owners.  Meeting everyone's needs is often challenging during large wildfires and they will share with us about this event and how they worked with the landowners to develop a common plan with everyone happy.

MCFWA Buisness Meeting

This is our annual meeting to talk about the association, elections, etc...


The main conference is at the Holiday Inn, but a couple pre-conference activities are at other locations.

Venue Address
Bozeman Library 626 East Main, Bozeman, MT 59715
DNRC Office 2273 Boothill Court, Bozeman, MT 59715
Bozeman Holdiay Inn 5 East Baxter, Bozeman, MT 59715

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Have questions about MCFWA's Wildfire Leadership Conference? Contact Montana County Fire Warden's Association

When & Where

Holiday Inn Bozeman
5 East Baxter Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 3:00 PM - Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM (MDT)

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