March 9 & 10, 2023 - Defensible Space Training for Landscape Professionals

February 2nd, 2023

A group of men and women are standing in a circle ourdoors in a forested landscape listening to a man speak.

Date and time

Thu, Mar 9, 2023, 12:00 PM – Fri, Mar 10, 2023, 3:30 PM PST


University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Washoe County Office 4955 Energy Way Reno, NV 89502

About this event:

Participants will hear from several experts on how to reduce the wildfire risk around homes and apply concepts learned during a field site visit. Participants who complete this training will be listed on the Living With Fire website as professionals who are certified to conduct defensible space work.

Cost: $60. Fees include food, course materials, certificates of attendance and Continuing Educations Units.

For more information on classes or certification, email Jamie Roice-Gomes

Guest Speakers:

  • Christina Restaino, Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno Extension Nevada State Fire Specialist
  • Chief August Isernhagen, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District
  • Jamie Roice-Gomes, University of Nevada, Reno Extension Living With Fire Program Manager
  • Melody Hefner, Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator, Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno Extension
  • Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada, Reno Extension Horticulture Program Officer
  • Captain Brittany Lemon, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District


WEDNESDAY 3/9 (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

  • Welcome and Introduction to Wildfire
  • Defensible Space and Home Hardening
  • Fire Behavior, Fuels and Defensible Space from a Firefighter’s Perspective

THURSDAY 3/10 (8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Integrated Pest Management for High Fire Risk Invasive
  • Choosing the Right Plants for Nevada’s High Fire Hazard Areas
  • Site visit for applied final assessment
  • Develop a work proposal for the site
  • Review work proposals with a local fire agency defensible space inspector

Continuing Education Units Offered

Through this training, participants will receive 1 Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Unit through the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Learn More!

Are you interested in hiring a qualified defensible space contractor? Or are you a contractor, looking for more information about our training? If so check out our Defensible Space Professionals page linked below.

An EEO/AA Institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Paul Lessick, civil rights & compliance coordinator, at least 14 days prior to the scheduled event at 702-257-5577 or

If you have any questions about this event please reach out to Jamie Roice-Gomes

Funding for this event was made possible from the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, and U.S. Forest Service in cooperation with the University of Nevada, Reno Extension along with fees from the training.


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