Director of Installations
Director of Operations for California contractor Wildfire Services, LLC
Responsible Managing Officer for California contractor Wildfire Services, LLC
CEO and Founder
Harry Statter founded Frontline Wildfire Defense with two goals in mind. The first was to save lives and property, and the second was to protect the integrity of natural processes.
Harry began studying the environment while attending the University of Michigan. He received a BS in landscape ecology, which combines landscape architecture with forestry and applied ecology. This method blends the man-made environment with processes of the natural environment. That is, blending form with function.
In 2001, Harry turned his attention to wildfire, where through a start-up company named Firewise Landscapes Inc, he focused on creating safe residential home sites in wildfire-prone areas. This led to extensive professional experience in the creation of defensible space, as well as plant fuels management, throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
In 2010, Harry started to question exactly why homes burned during wildfire, and he began to search for real data to support the answer. What is commonly known now, but was not known then, is that burning embers that land many miles outside of a wildfire are the primary cause of structure loss. Burning embers land on the combustible surfaces of a home, or in a gutter full of pine needles, or on lawn furniture, and spread to catch the home on fire. Harry learned that implementing defensible space was not enough to protect homes. There needed to be active and effective protection against burning embers.
Based on his research, Harry started to develop Frontline. In 2012, Harry filed his initial patent work and began assembling an expert group of firefighters, engineers and designers to develop the concept into a commercial product capable of saving lives, homes and businesses. More than 28 million homes in the 13 western United States are situated within wildfire-prone areas, many of them in urban areas. As a result, the Frontline team is focused on educating people that their homes are at risk, and there is a solution to protect them. With the next major wildfire only a spark away, there is an urgency behind our mission. By understanding the level of risk and filling gaps in current approaches, our communities will be better prepared for the next disaster. The wider adoption of Frontline systems not only protects our homes and families, but allows us to live with wildfire as a necessary natural process.
This system absolutely provides a sense of security.“When the Roosevelt Fire--one of the worst disasters in Wyoming history--tore through our neighborhood destroying 55 homes, our home, armed with a recently installed Frontline Wildfire Defense System, was spared--despite finding many burned embers adjacent to the structures. This system absolutely provides a sense of security.
It keeps our home and outbuildings saturated.In the last six years, our property has been in two fires. My husband and I installed the Frontline system. It keeps our home and outbuildings saturated with water mixed with firefighting foam. The retardant material used is safe, biodegradable, and washes off! We hope we never have to use the system. We know we have to be proactive in wildfire suppression because of the increasing frequency of wildfires. We also like our ability to activate it remotely from our phones, so we don’t have to worry about traveling or being evacuated.