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9:30 – 10:00 am CDT
Morning Session
10:00 am – 12:15 pm CDT
12:15 – 12:45 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 5:00 pm CDT

Presented by
Jerry McAdams and Brett Van Paepeghem

Defining the Problem
Historical and ecological context
Causes and consequences of wildfire
Suppression and other answers
General media and sociological perceptions
Effect of fire on the built environment

Fire Science
Types of fire of concern
Heat transfer and structural ignition
Research findings

Planning Tools
Land use planning
State and local fire planning
Overview of codes and standards

Principles for Fire-Resistant Landscaping
Defensible space vs. survivable space
Using the zone concept for landscape plans
Using rock, stone, and other fire-resistant materials
Plant characteristics
Organizing plantings
Trees and shrubs
Grasses and groundcovers
Maintaining landscaping

Fire-Resistant Components
Fire-resistant building materials and construction
Roofs, walls, doors, windows, etc.
Retaining walls
Decks and patios
Paths and walkways

New Construction vs. Existing Construction
Starting developments right from the beginning
Designing a new fire-resistant structure
Retrofitting existing structures
Follow-up maintenance

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours
6.0 AIA LU|HSW  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)

Landscape Architects
4.0 HSW CE Hours
4.0 LA CES HSW PDHs  (LA CES credits only available for attending live Webinar)

International Code Council
.6 CEUs (Fire)

Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. It offers 4.0 HSW continuing education
hours to landscape architects licensed in all states, except Florida, New Jersey, or
North Carolina.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects, and landscape architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2), §79-1.5(i)(2)). Courses approved by the AIA/CES qualify for Florida and New Jersey architects. Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.
This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 4.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA CES.
This course is approved by the International Code Council for .6 CEUs in the specialty are of Fire (Preferred Provider No. 1232).
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Jerry McAdams


Jerry McAdams is a Senior Captain – Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for the Boise Fire Department in Boise, Idaho, and most recently served as Acting Deputy Chief – Fire Marshal from March – December of 2020.  He has over twenty (20) years of experience working in the fire service, in both operations and prevention.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), and on the Editorial Board for Wildfire Magazine.  He is an experienced IAAI certified fire investigator, and also holds certifications as an ICC Fire Inspector I, II and Fire Plans Examiner.  He is an NFPA Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (CWMS) and works as a contract instructor, teaching courses nationwide on ignition vulnerabilities for wildland fire.  He has been a guest speaker/panelist for several online webinars, as well as presenting at numerous national and international conferences.  In 2018, Mr. McAdams started MC Fire, LLC to provide professional consulting services to individuals and businesses seeking to mitigate their risks from the threat of wildfire.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boise State University and has finished half of the coursework toward an MBA.  He, and his wife of 23 years, have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren, and he loves to engage in outdoors activities with his family and friends.

Brett Van Paepeghem

Mr. Van Paepeghem is a 4th generation Idaho native. He holds an AAS degree in Horticulture and BAS degree in Biology with specialization in Botany and Ecology from Boise State University. He has worked for the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. In June of 2014 he joined Idaho Firewise as the Southern Idaho project manager where he manages the Idaho Firewise Garden and has collaborated with various agencies on the development of several Firewise demo landscapes throughout Idaho.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Fire-Resistant Landscapes and Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines fire science, site planning of structures and landscapes for fire prevention, fire-resistant landscapes, land use planning, fire-resistant building component, designing fire-resistance in new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings, adhering to fire codes, and the causes and consequences of wildfires.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss fire science, including heat transfer and structural ignition, and they will be able to reference fire codes and standards.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe fire-resistant landscaping practices and materials intended to prevent fires from spreading to structures.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe fire-resistant building components, including those for roofs, walls, doors, windows, retaining walls, decks, patios, paths and walkways.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to apply strategies for fire-resistance construction for new structures and strategies for retrofitting existing homes.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with landscape design and building design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/30/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Webinar Price: $289.00

Save $20 when registering 3 or more people

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.