NASA System-Wide Safety (SWS) Wildland Firefighting Operations Virtual Workshop

Announcement:

Thank you to everyone who participated in NASA System-Wide Safety (SWS) Wildland Firefighting Operations Virtual Workshop and breakout sessions! The discussions were engaging and informative.

Note, this event has already occurred, however, please see the post workshop recordings and materials below. 

NASA System-Wide Safety (SWS) Wildland Firefighting Operations Virtual Workshop

March 9-11, 2022

 

About our Workshop

The aim of this workshop was to better understand how NASA and community expertise can be leveraged in the development of systems that monitor, assess, mitigate, and assure safety concerns of dynamic operations in challenging work environments.

The primary goals were to:

  • Identify and prioritize top safety-oriented risks, gaps in capabilities, and emerging technologies to enhance wildland firefighting for both near-term and mid-term operational concepts; and,
  • Engage the stakeholder community in defining emergent safety-oriented scope, roles, responsibilities, and procedures for agents undergoing increasingly complex wildland firefighting operations in information-rich but uncertain environments.

This workshop included keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive breakout activities.

Workshop participants included:

  • State, local, tribal, and federal stakeholders involved in wildfire management planning and mitigation efforts
  • Wildland firefighting and disaster response domain experts, including drone operators and designers
  • Original equipment manufacturers and subsystems manufacturers for increasingly autonomous systems intended for disaster relief, autonomous systems domain experts
  • Regulators, policy makers, and safety experts


About the System-Wide Safety Project

This workshop was sponsored by NASA’s System-Wide Safety (SWS) project and will inform the SWS Safety Demonstrator Series activities. NASA’s SWS Safety Demonstrator Series is a set of operationally challenging demonstrations to develop and demonstrate a system-wide safety framework that enables increasingly complex airspace operations in disaster-oriented and public-good operational contexts. First up in the SWS Safety Demonstrator Series is a wildland firefighting demonstration.


Workshop Details

Dates: March 9, 10 & 11, 2022

Time: 09.00-13.00 PST / 12.00-16.00 EST

Agenda: Click here

View the recordings and presentation materials below. Please note, breakouts were not recorded:

Day 1 – Operational Scope, Roles, and Responsibilities

Topic

Speakers

Recording/Slides

Welcome

Steven Clarke, NASA

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Workshop Goals & Objectives

Summer Brandt, NASA SWS

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Airspace Operations Safety Program Wildfire Efforts

Cheryl Quinn, NASA

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Panel Discussion: Organizational Safety and Safety Roles

Moderated by: Evan Dill, NASA

  • Dani Doyle, State of Colorado
  • Brad Koeckeritz, DOI
  • Sashi Sabaratnam, UC COOP/ County of Sonoma
  • Geoff Marshall, CalFire
  • Sean Triplett, USDA
  • Michael Pavolonis, NOAA

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Day 2 – Operational Scope, Roles, and Responsibilities

Topic

Speakers

Recording

Welcome and Workshop Goals & Objectives

Natasha Neogi, NASA SWS

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STEReO

Robert McSwain, NASA

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Panel Discussion: Standard and Emerging Operational Procedures

Moderated by: Jon Holbrook, NASA

• Mark Bathrick, DOI (ret.)

• Richard Fields, City of LA Fire

• Dirk Giles, USDA/Forest Service

• Coitt Kessler, DroneSense

• Chris Tubbs, Southern Marin Fire Department

  • • Charles Werner, DroneResponders

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Day 3 – Prioritized Risks

Topic

Speakers

Recording

Welcome and Workshop Goals & Objective

Summer Brandt, NASA SWS

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Panel Discussion: A Conversation with NASA Leadership on the Wildland Firefighting Ecosystem

Moderated by: Jessica Nowinski, NASA

• Parimal Kopardekar, ARMD

• Misty Davies, SWS

• Barry Lefer, SMD

• Jason Kessler, STMD

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Panel Discussion: The Art of the Possible

Moderated by Natasha Neogi, NASA

• Don Berschoff, TruWeather Solutions

• Everett Hinkley, USDA/Forest Service

• Ivan Pupulidy, UAB

• Matt Quinn, Great Lakes Drone Company

• Anthony Schultz, ESRI

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