WSAFM is seeking proposals for presentations for the 2017 Fire Prevention Institute.  WSAFM will sponsor 2-5 presenters to attend the conference.  Sponsorship will include:

  • Waived conference registration fee ($375)
  • All meals provided at the conference
  • Two days of lodging

Presentations may be submitted from local, state and regional fire prevention officials, researchers, or other prevention advocates.  Prevention projects or programs must have demonstrated some level of effectiveness at meeting targeted objectives.

Model programs will be presented that are representative of all disciplines of fire prevention:

  • Engineering (plan review programs, new technologies, etc.)
  • Enforcement (adoption, administration or enforcement of fire codes)
  • Education (may include multi-hazard education as long as fire is part of the program)
  • Fire investigation
  • Infrastructure (training, data collection and analysis, use of resources, etc.)

Model programs may also be presented that represent the strategies of Vision 20/20:

Those strategies are: 

Details on each strategy may be found on the web-page

Some program presentations may have elements that relate to a fire prevention discipline and one or more strategies of Vision 20/20.  We encourage creativity, but rely on documentation of effectiveness as the primary criteria for selection of program presentations.

Presentations must focus on implementation experience and provide guidance for successful replication of initiatives in other jurisdictions.  Programs are only eligible if the presentation focuses on local or state implementation and outcomes

Announcement of open registration will be made through various state fire prevention venues.  Those interested should be directed to the WSAFM website,  for updates.

All projects for presentation must have been implemented for a period of time that allows for some type of evaluation. In general, an evaluation would include at least one of the following measurement components to be considered:

  • Formative Evaluation (qualitative or quantitative risk assessment,)
  • Process Evaluation (analysis of the program’s development and early implementation)
  • Impact Evaluation (identification of measurable changes that are cognitive gains or behavior changes that reduced risk)
  • Outcome Evaluation ( longer term documentation that supports reduction of injury, death or economic losses) 

A model prevention program panel will review proposed presentations based on the following criteria:

  • A risk assessment (formative evaluation) was conducted demonstrating the link between community risk and prevention efforts to help guide program design and development
  • The program has been documented to the extent that it could be replicated elsewhere – and process evaluation illustrates successful implementation strategies
  • The cost effectiveness is documented
  • The program is sustainable
  •  Impacts and/or outcomes are documented by data that support reduced loss (lives, injuries, property, resources)

It is not necessary that all of the above criteria be met for a proposal to be considered – but documenting more elements will increase chances of successfully demonstrating the model aspect of local programs.

Programs that are selected for presentation must adhere to a strict time schedule of 20 minutes and include the following elements: objective(s), target, implementation strategy, methods and results of evaluations, and recommendations for replication of a similar project. Power Point and handout templates will be made available with more specific instruction when notified of selection. Additional time during the symposium will be available for networking and discussion.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Greg Rogers or Dave Lynam
Fire Prevention Institute Coordinators for WSAFM
(509) 892-4123 or (360) 337- 4442 or