Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire training

The good news is, unlike floods, hurricanes or earthquakes, there are simple and often inexpensive ways to make homes safer from wildfire. With a good understanding of wildfire hazards and mitigation strategies, community residents can effectively lower the wildfire risk and losses to their homes, neighborhoods and natural resources. 

NFPA recognizes that the change needed to reverse this loss trend begins with a rock-solid understanding of the basics of how wildfires ignite structures combined with scientifically proven mitigation actions.

Our two-day “Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire” training is based on based on fire science research into how homes and other structures ignite during wildfires and covers wildfire behavior, structure exposure, and the concept of the Home Ignition Zone. You’ll learn how to analyze wildfire risks to structures and provide actionable advice to property owners through an activity-rich curriculum

The training is delivered by experienced wildland fire specialists and focuses on both the physical and behavioral sciences behind successful wildfire mitigation. It’s also the only national standardized training that offers factual solutions and action strategies regarding modern wildfire mitigation. 

  • November 21-22, Charlotte, NC
  • December 5-6, Garden Grove, CA
  • March 12-13, 2020, Las Vegas, NV

  • July 16-17, 2020, San Francisco, CA

Price: $500 non-members; $450 members

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Price for government employees: $350

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 Bring this training to your organization

This option allows a fire department, agency or company to bring this training to a location of their choice and host a session exclusively for their team members, employees or other invited guests. NFPA provides the instructors, student materials, evaluations and certificates, and also handles shipping and instructor logistics. The host organization provides the location, in addition to any lodging needs for employees/guests, in addition to the projector, computer/LCD projector, screen, podium and refreshments if desired. 

Please contact NFPA for more information.

NFPA encourages all organizations to plan the training at least 30 days in advance of the training date.


Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, Montana, talks about the home ignition zone. Video courtesy of the National Building Museum’s Designing for Disaster exhibit.

Five reasons you should choose NFPA for your home ignition zone training

  1. Applied Knowledge – In this newly redesigned workshop, learn to assess wildfire risks, eliminate hazards and develop mitigation recommendations for structures in wildland, forested and grassland areas.
  2. Expert Instruction – Learn from wildland fire specialists who helped develop the course and have direct experience in the field.
  3. Gain Accreditation – For the first time, receive a Certificate of Education Achievement available through an online exam taken after the course. Earn 1.4 CEUs with completion of the two-day course; .7 CEUs for the one-day course. CFE’s from The Society of American Foresters can also be requested.
  4. Convenience – Time is valuable, so you choose the location that works best for your team and our staff will take care of all the details for you. 
  5. Skills Beyond the Classroom – Learn how to apply home ignition zone principles to reduce wildfire risk to homes. Gain confidence in providing actionable advice to property and business owners on how to minimize wildfire ignition risks.  


"The Assessing the Home Ignition Zone training is a must have class, suitable for the rookie firefighter to the seasoned chief officer."

"The course provided information that will support future code development and local ordnance adoption."

"The NFPA instructors provided current and accurate information that was extremely beneficial and can be applied throughout future project planning and development."

"The class provided additional tools that I can use in my current position as a fire planner."

"The class contained up to date information from industry leaders and incorporated scientific methodology dealing with fire ignitions and structural surviveability."