Wildfire Technology Management Summit 2024

April 23-24, 2024 - Pasadena, CA, United States

Shaping the Future of Wildfire Prevention and Suppression

Unprecedented surges in wildfire disasters globally have produced an exceptional emphasis on the need to effectively predict, prevent, and mitigate wildfires. This necessary urgency is critically important to prevent the loss of lives, damage to property, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

After devastating fire seasons over the past few years observed in California, Colorado, Canada, Australia, and across Europe, agencies across the national, state, and local levels are adopting appropriate prevention and management technologies and countermeasures. Numerous U.S. states and the federal government are increasing budgets to respond to the growing risk of wildfires to ensure that wildfire agencies are equipped with the latest tools and innovations in the field.

At the fifth iteration of Wildfire Technology Management, we will bring together industry leaders, wildfire agencies, academia, and representatives from utilities and power companies to collaboratively address and advance solutions for the prediction, prevention, detection, suppression, and mitigation of destructive wildfires. Join us for two days of learning, networking, and collaboration in Pasadena, CA, and join the conversation on the future of wildfire management. Key organizations represented will include the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Cal OES, and a number of other state and international key representatives.

Main Themes Include:

  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Aerial Firefighting
  • Communications Tools and Infrastructure
  • Geospatial and Remote Sensing Technologies
  • Risk Management

2024 Conference Chairman

  • Kim Zagaris, Wildfire Policy and Technology Director, Western Fire Chiefs Association

2024 Speakers

  • Joe Tyler, Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • Angela Coleman, Associate Chief, US Forest Service
  • Brian Rhodes, National Director, Fire and Aviation Management, US Forest Service
  • Jeff Rupert, Director, Office of Wildland Fire, Department of Interior
  • Gordy Sachs, Chief, All Hazard & International Fire Support Branch, US Forest Service
  • Brian Marshall, Chief of Fire & Rescue, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
  • Chief Nick Schuler, Deputy Director, Communications & Emergency Incident Awareness, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • Scott Gregory, Deputy Director, Technology, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • Ben Miller, Director, Center for Excellence for Advanced Technology, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
  • Heather Simpson, Project Manager, Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC)
  • Kim Connors, Executive Director, The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre
  • Ben McGrane, Assistant Director, Incident Procurement Operations, US Forest Service
  • Ian Meier, Executive Director, BC Wildfire Service
  • David Greer, Director of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, BC Wildfire Service
  • Brian Fennessy, Fire Chief, Orange County Fire Authority
  • Sean Triplett, Branch Leader for Tools and Technology, NIFC, US Forest Service
  • Mark Brown, Executive Officer, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA)
  • Jeff Marsolais, Associate Deputy Chief, US Forest Service
  • Haris Riris, Program Manager, FireSense, Earth Science Technology Office, NASA
  • Zander Bonorris, Director or Partnerships, Vibrant Planet
  • Scott Conway, Chief Resilience Officer, Vibrant Planet
  • James Bailey, IT Branch Chief, US Forest Service

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The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave, 91101
Pasadena, CA, USA

Tel: +1 626-792-2727

Group Rate: $209 per night, excluding applicable taxes and fees

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by clicking on this reservation link. We have reserved a selection of rooms at a discounted group rate, subject to availability

Cut-off date: Monday, 01st April 2024 (After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only.)
Event details
Organizer : IDGA
Venue : The Westin Pasadena, Pasadena, CA, United States
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24701