Building Your FAC Ambassador Approach Workshop
Feb. 27, 1:00-5:00 & Feb. 28, 8:30-4:30
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Fire Adapted Colorado, Wildfire Adapted Partnership, and Boulder Watershed Collective are hosting a “Building a FAC Ambassador Approach” workshop in Boulder on February 27-28, 2023. Through a FAC Ambassador approach, practitioners can empower local residents to be catalysts for wildfire adaptation in their neighborhoods. The approach provides a structure to recruit and train volunteers, work with partners and support community events that will multiply other local mitigation programs through volunteer engagement. This workshop will expand upon ideas presented in this FAC Ambassador guide.
FACO and WAP have already delivered four nationally-attended workshops over the past three years, including one in Durango, CO featured here Ambassador blog post Developed in Southwest Colorado, these workshops have been instrumental in amplifying technical expertise and mitigation support programs through volunteers in new programs from Minnesota to Hawaii. This program compliments the Firewise USAⓇ site recognition program by providing dedicated local support to volunteers leading neighborhood scale wildfire risk reduction efforts.
Attendees will hear from local partners who have successfully launched ambassador programs, including how they got started, lessons learned/best practices, realistic expectations for running such a program, and how they provide support and resources to their ambassadors. WAP will also be offering this course on March 27-28 at the IAFC WUI Conference in Reno WUI Reno 2023