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In 1949, Congress passed an Act establishing the first regional compact to prevent and control forest fires in the Northeast, the NFFPC 'Compact'. The governing body of the Compact is the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission. The member states and provinces are the seven states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Labrador and the New England National Forests.

The Prevention and Education Working Team was formed by the NFFPC to assess the fire prevention needs within the Compact area. The PEWT provides the 12 member agencies of the COMPACT with expertise in areas such as wildland fire prevention, public relations and outreach, fire safety in communities adjacent to wildlands as well as developing safer communities.


To promote wildfire prevention, exchange ideas and provide recommendations on the methods of reducing the risk of wildfire in forests and residential communities throughout the Northeast Compact (Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission).