Lessons Learned for Future Applications
Incident: Az Wildfire and Incident Mg MT Academy Wildfire
As part of AWIMA’s advancement into its tenth year, the Arizona Wildfire Council—governing body of the non-profit organization that oversees the academy— wanted to develop a strategic plan for the future. Greg Nordyke, AWIMA team liaison, spoke with his daughter-in-law, Shane Nordyke, several months ago about the concept of developing a strategic plan for the Academy. Shane has a PhD in public policy and is a professor at the University of South Dakota. Greg brought the two together and a project was born.
Shane obtained a grant from the Cheisman Institute as a funding source and traveled to Arizona to attend the academy this week. She is spending time in the classroom, interviewing academy personnel, researching how it all got started, and capturing lessons learned from the last decade. This will be the foundation for a planning meeting in the fall when she brings some members of the Academy back together to develop a strategic plan for AWIMA.
Once her work is completed at the Academy, Shane will publish a research paper. This paper will contain AWIMA’s strategic plan and the lessons learned information to benefit similar organizations in other states.