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FIRESafe MARIN: Wildfire Home Hardening Workshop for Homeowners

Recognizing that home-hardening through improved architectural design, ember and ignition resistant material selection, and retrofitting existing buildings are the most important factors in improving home survival during wildfires, FIRESafe MARIN has developed a seminar and training curriculum to introduce homeowners to these concepts.

Taught by experts in the field of wildfire, home hardening, and building science, this seminar will help Marin homeowners to:

Identify their home’s vulnerabilities to wildfires and embers;
Introduce ignition and ember resistant design and materials;
Provide home-hardening and retrofitting resources;
Encourage building modifications to reduce the likelihood of structural ignitions during wildfires;
Manufacturer representatives will be on-site to display fire resistant building materials.
**A live fire demonstration was conducted immediately prior to this seminar to demonstrate the differences between ordinary and fire-resistant construction.

Stephen L. Quarles, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durability (retired)
Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Todd Lando
Executive Coordinator, FIRESafe MARIN
Wildfire Hazard Mitigation and Vegetation Management Consultant

Tom Welch
Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, Mill Valley Fire Department

Ruben Martin
Fire Marshal, Central Marin Fire Department

Larry Pasero
Fire Inspector, Kentfield Fire Protection District

FIRESafe MARIN has partnered with CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, to bring building professionals the most up-to-date knowledge on home-hardening for wildfire. CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA Members through AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1914, the company has been rated “A” or better by A.M. Best for more than 90 years, and is one of the top personal lines property casualty insurance groups in the United States, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The company has been repeatedly named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in America by Points of Light. More information is available at and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

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