Protecting Your City from Wildfire - Presented by Infocast


March 11 - 12, 2020 | Crowne Plaza San Diego | San Diego, CA

  • Equip your community with the tools, knowledge and infrastructure necessary to deal with wildfires and public safety power shutoffs.

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Hear Speakers from These Organizations

Join civic officials, first responders, regulators, utilities, and more in discussions on developing wildfire resilient communities.

Wildfires are on the rise. The California state government’s 4th Climate Change Assessment predicts wildfire frequency could increase 50% by 2100 and insurance costs are expected to rise precipitously. California must respond aggressively to mitigate this existential risk. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $75 million program for local governments to deal with PSPSs, and the legislature has included this money in the state budget to assist communities that face the greatest danger.

Cities and counties must protect their citizens and plan how best to acquire and allocate funds, as many of the most recent fires and multiple wide-scale power outages have strapped already tight resources. It is now more important than ever for communities to coordinate with police, water, fire, public health, electric utility, and other local, state, and federal agencies.

Attend this meeting to learn best practices in responding to the risk of wildfires. Attendees will ascertain how to work aggressively and proactively on plans to mitigate avoidable risk, coordinate with many public agencies, and make strategic investments for your community to provide essential services, protecting the life and property of your citizens. Gain expert advice on developing community wildfire protection plans, engaging and educating residents, and hardening existing resources.

Protecting Your City from Wildfire: Planning, Coordinating and Investing for Civic Resilience will gather city leaders, county officials, state and federal agencies, first responders, forestry associations, electric and water utilities, equipment vendors, insurers, academics, and more to discuss how California can create resilient communities and leverage existing opportunities to protect their residents against wildfires. Presentations and panels will include discussions on financing microgrids, updates on regulatory changes impacting prevention planning, leveraging building codes, dealing with PSPSs, and insuring wildfire prone communities.

Interested in Speaking?

Contact Katherine Blair
Industry Conference Producer
818-888-4445 ext 22

Interested in Sponsoring?

Contact Jeffrey Shapiro
Sponsorship Account Manager
818-888-4445 ext 65


Featured Speakers Include:

Rich Gordon
President & CEO

Tracy Katelman
Former Executive Director

Daryl Osby
Fire Chief

Alex Tardy

Featured Speakers

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Participating Organizations

  • Amador County Transportation Commission
  • American Concrete Pipe Association
  • American Forest Resource Council
  • American Property Casualty Insurance Association
  • Apple Valley Fire
  • Bakersfield Fire Department
  • Berkeley Fire Department
  • Brandguard Vents, Inc
  • BuildStrong Coalition
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Business Sweden
  • Butte County Fire Safe Council
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB)
  • California Building Industry Association
  • California Conservation Corps
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)
  • California Fire Safe Council
  • California Fire Science Consortium
  • California Forestry Association (Calforests)
  • California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
  • California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA)
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Special Districts Association
  • California Utilities Emergency Association
  • Calpine Corporation
  • City Council, City of Berkeley
  • City of Agoura Hills
  • City of Ashland Fire & Rescue
  • City of Brea
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Concord
  • City of Desert Hot Springs
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Irvine
  • City of La Cañada Flintridge
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Malibu
  • City of Milpitas
  • City of Redding
  • City of Redding Electric Utility
  • City of Rocklin
  • City of San Rafael
  • City of Sutter Creek
  • City of Temecula
  • City of Thousand Oaks
  • Clean Coalition
  • Climate Resolve
  • Corona Fire Department
  • County of Santa Barbara
  • East Contra Costa Fire Protection District
  • EDF Renewables
  • El Cerrito Fire Department
  • Encinitas Fire Department
  • Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
  • Fire Safe Council of San Diego County (FSCSDC)
  • Fire Safe Ojai
  • Fire Safe Sonoma
  • Forest Technology Systems Inc.
  • Forterra
  • Fresno Fire Department
  • Genasys, Inc.
  • GeoLinks
  • Hills for Everyone
  • Illumination Technologies
  • John Muir Project
  • Laguna Beach Fire Department
  • Lake County Firesafe Council
  • Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
  • Lindsey Manufacturing Co
  • Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
  • Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • Marin County Fire Department
  • Montecito Fire Department
  • Montecito Fire Protection District Board
  • National Wildfire Suppression Association
  • Navigant Research
  • Nevada County
  • Newport Beach Fire Department
  • NOAA’s National Weather Service
  • Novato Fire District
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Oceanside Fire Department
  • Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council
  • Orange County Fire Authority
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Palm Springs Fire Department
  • Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Rancho Cucamonga Fire District
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • Redding Fire Department
  • Redding Police Department
  • Redwood City Fire Department
  • Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCDGSDC)
  • Richmond Fire Department
  • Rocklin Fire Department
  • Roseville Fire Department
  • Sacramento Fire Department
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
  • San Carlos Fire Department
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade
  • Santa Rosa Fire Department
  • SCI Consulting Group
  • Sonoma County
  • Stantec
  • Sunrun
  • Surplus Line Association of California
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Thompson Pipe Group
  • Town of Paradise
  • Town of Portola Valley
  • Traveling Mind Consulting, Inc.
  • UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • United Policyholders
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • US Forest Service
  • US Geological Survey
  • Ventura County Fire Department
  • Vote Solar
  • Vulcan Vent, a New Cal Metals company
  • Western Propane Gas Association
  • Winters Fire Department
  • Woodside Fire Protection District
  • City of Piedmont
  • EPRI
  • FEMA
  • Insurance Information Institute
  • Las Vegas Fire and Rescue
  • Piedmont Fire Department
  • Solar and Fire Education (S.A.F.E.)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Western Fire Chiefs Association


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Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Amy Bach


Cliston Brown


Susannah Churchill


Brian D’Agostino


Susan Duenas


Coreen Francis


Isabel Guzman


David Harrison


Jennifer Hogan


Roberta MacIntyre


Alex Morris


David W. Pedersen


Captain Christopher Vestal


Steven Weissman


Jeremy Zagarella




In the wake of California’s devastating wildfires, impacted communities need timely expertise from a trusted advisor to navigate the recovery process. While many firms can provide engineering services, Stantec delivers comprehensive professional consulting services to impacted communities. With more than 1,400 team members across 23 California offices, we have the expertise, relationships, and capacity to quickly and cost-effectively deliver the upfront services that lead to sound decision-making and a successful recovery.

Through our experience supporting hundreds of communities nationwide planning in advance and then following natural disasters, we know that deftly maneuvering the mitigation planning and the post-event maze of environmental and cultural resource clearances at the Federal and State level are the most challenging and time-consuming part of completing any project. We bring extensive experience working with Federal and State agencies and are uniquely qualified to support clients throughout the Federal and State permitting process and local design and construction support phases.

We augment our experience and insights with cutting-edge soft tools such as assessment and planning reports, mapping, and tables that don’t necessarily result in a construction project. From beginning to end, we’ll serve as your trusted advisor pre-planning and then throughout the recovery process, delivering your project as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Contact one of our local experts today to learn how we can help your community recover.

Vulcan Vent


Proudly manufactured by New Cal Metals, Vulcan Vents are the industry standard for fire and ember safe vents. Patented and fire tested, Vulcan Vents are proven to protect your home from the dangers of wildfire!

Brandguard Vents


Invented by a southern California firefighter back in 2003, Brandguard Vents utilizes patented technologies to make flame and ember resistant vents to help keep homes safer during wildfires. We have been used throughout California and beyond since 2007. We have vents that have been tested to ALL portions of ASTM E2886/2912- including the radiant heat, horizontal AND vertical positions, we pride ourselves in the fact that we have been proven both in test labs and in real life, with the many homes we have helped save. Made from a sturdy 26ga G90 Galvanized material, our products can be used for new construction or retrofit purposes. Our ability to manufacture almost any desired custom shape or size, makes us a perfect option for retrofitting. Additionally, our preferred contractors have experience with retrofitting large and small homes and communities. We are excited to be here at the Protecting your City From Wildfires Summit 2020! Come visit us at our tabletop!

Build Strong Coalition


The BuildStrong Coalition is a group of firefighters, emergency responders, insurers, engineers, architects, contractors and manufacturers, as well as consumer organizations, code specialists, and many others committed to building a more resilient America.

Forest Technology Systems




Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Digital Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Digital Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide

Recognized as a thought-leader in closing the digital divide, GeoLinks proudly sits on an array of national boards, coalitions, and working groups including the Schools, Healthcare & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), the Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast (BCPC), the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), and two associated working groups – the Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group and the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group.

Illumination Technologies


Illumination Technologies is a telecommunication infrastructure provider operating in 24 countries around the world. We focus on establishing strategic alliances with municipalities and public safety agencies to develop sustainable public safety programs at NO COST to any public entity. Our model allows for improvements to the public safety network while enhancing telecommunications coverage for the benefit of the general public as well as first responders. We acquire, install, and maintain public safety infrastructure such as early wildfire detection and notification systems. Our solutions provide critical support to emergency response teams by identifying threats early, accelerating response time, and alerting the public to serious conditions. These are resources that agencies and the public want and need but are often unable to provide due to the lack of access to funding. With our model, we have found a way to
close this gap.

EDF Renewables


EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of 4 gigawatts of developed projects with 1.9 gigawatts of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.

American Concrete Pipe Association


The American Concrete Pipe Association of California is committed to excellence in the precast reinforced concrete pipe and box culvert industry for resilient stormwater infrastructure.

Genasys, Inc.


Genasys Inc. is a global provider of critical communications solutions to help keep people safe. During public safety threats and critical events, the Company’s unified platform of LRAD® systems, Critical Communications as a Service (CCaaS) software and integrated solutions provides a multi-channel approach to deliver geo-targeted alerts, notifications, instructions and information before, during and after crisis situations.

In addition to SMS, phone, email, push, social media and CAP, Genasys offers its LRAD state-of-the-art systems for public safety mass notification. LRAD systems broadcast audible alerts and emergency notifications with industry-leading vocal clarity and area coverage. Featuring solar power, battery backup and satellite connectivity, LRAD systems continue to operate when existing power and telecommunications infrastructure goes down.

Genasys critical communication systems are in service in 72 countries around the world in diverse applications, including public safety, national emergency warning systems, mass notification, defense, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection and many more.

Lindsey Manufacturing Co.


LINDSEY offers SMARTLINE, the next generation Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) system providing dispatchable line capacity forecasts from 1-hour to 1-week ahead. SMARTLINE provides both thermal-limit and electrical clearance compliant ratings, simple live-line installation, and exceptionally reliable communications. Lindsey Emergency Restoration System (ERS) structures have been key to transmission grid resilience for over three decades. ERS structures are reusable modular, easily transportable transmission towers that may be pre-staged for rapid response to tower collapse. Interchangeable parts make them ideal for utility asset sharing programs.  ERS structures are also used for routine construction and maintenance projects.

California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)


California Fire Science Consortium


Clean Coalition


The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise. The Clean Coalition drives policy innovation to remove barriers to procurement and interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER) – such as local renewables, advanced inverters, demand response, and energy storage – and we establish market mechanisms that realize the full potential of integrating these solutions. The Clean Coalition also collaborates with utilities and municipalities to create near-term deployment opportunities that prove the technical and financial viability of local renewables and other DER.

CMUA California Municipal Utilities Association


National Wildfire Suppression Association


Vote Solar


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