2022 Virtual Wildfire Speaker Series announced


A wildfire prevention and education speaker series free to the communities of Ventura and Ojai will take place throughout 2022. 

The series will focus on wildfire prevention, recovery and education and will provide an opportunity for community members to engage with wildfire experts and professions. 

The events will be hosted by the Ventura County Resource Conservation District in partnership with the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council. 

All conversations will take place on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Introduction to Wildfire 

On March 1, Matthew Shapero and Shane Dewees from the University of California Cooperative Extension will have a conversation on behavior and recovery with retired Firefighter and Deputy Fire Chief from the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council Mike LaPlant. 

Understanding Insurance & Wildfire 

On June 7, Jason Giambi from State Farm Insurance will discuss wildfires and insurance with Peter Meza, Associate Insurance Compliance Officer from the California Department of Insurance. 

Wildfire Prevention Efforts

On July 5, Woody Bouska, President and owner of Sure-Fire Training, will discuss home hardening with Captain Brian Mcgrath and Captain Robert Welsbie from the Ventura County Fire Department and Ready, Set, Go! programs. 

Chris Danch from the Ojai Fire Safe Council will also discuss the prescribed grazing program with Brittany Cole from Shepherdess Land and Livestock. 

Andrew Spyrka will discuss the Ventura County Resource Conservation District with Bouska as well as the Prescribed Burn Association. 

Wildfire Emergency Response & Community Service 

On Dec. 6, Elaine Himelfarb, Executive Director of the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council, will talk with Patrick Maynard from the city of Ventura as well as Nichols Cleary from the Office of Emergency Services. Andrew Spyrka and Himelfarb will also discuss their Ventura County Wildfire Collaborative. 

To join the free meetings, follow the Zoom link available here:

The meeting ID is listed as: 824 0270 5288

To RSVP for the conversations, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 805-764-5135 for any questions or additional assistance. 


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