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National Elk Refuge Helps Host Fire Conference

July 2008

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire outreach coordinator Lori Iverson gives a fire education presentation using the LCES techniques she presented at the conference

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire outreach coordinator Lori Iverson gives a fire education presentation using the LCES techniques she presented at the conference.

The National Elk Refuge helped host the 2008 Great Basin/Northern Rockies Fire Prevention Conference held in Jackson, Wyoming this spring. The annual conference brings together fire prevention, education, and information specialists from within the two regions. This year, approximately 100 representatives from a number of agencies across Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado attended the conference.

Outdoor Recreation Planner Lori Iverson, who serves as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire outreach representative in Region 6, taught a large group session on the last day of the conference. Iverson’s presentation was a continuation of a similar session offered at last year’s gathering in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a popular talk that gave participants tips for giving classroom presentations. Her 20 years of teaching experience provided real-life examples on managing classrooms, dealing with disruptive behavior, engaging students, and minimizing distractions when giving a program to school-aged children.  The interactive session, entitled “The LCES of Classroom Presentations,” used anecdotes, modeling, and role playing to give participants tools to help facilitate effective lessons. (LCES is a firefighter acronym for Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones.)

The conference also included a field trip to the nearby Green Knoll fire (2001) site. FWS regional fire outreach money helped pay for the site visit, which highlighted protection of homes near natural areas and public information aspects of the fire.

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