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BECOME FIRESMART!  Your home can survive a wildfire

Nine RDCK Wildfire Mitigation Specialists support residents of the RDCK, and the municipalities of Creston, Salmo, Kaslo, Nakusp, Silverton, Slocan in efforts to mitigate risk to homes and communities from Wildfire.

Wildfire in the Kootenays that is a fact of life. You can TAKE ACTION to reduce your risk from wildfire, and become FIRESMART!

RDCK FIRESMART PROGRAMS

1. FireSmart Home Partners Program 

                      
                           A FREE PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT OF YOUR PROPERTY

FREE Firesmart Assessments  are available to all residents of the RDCK, Creston, Salmo, Kaslo, Nakusp, Silverton, and Slocan.  A Wildfire Mitigation Specialist will come to your home, make a detailed report including specific mitigation actions to help protect your home from wildfire. During the assessment, they will discuss wildfire behavior dynamics and the ways a wildfire could affect your home.

Our 9 Wildfire Mitigation Specialists are all fire and forestry professionals. You will be getting advice from industry experts, specially trained to recognize wildfire risks to your home and property.

  •  An in-depth, assessment of your property conducted by a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist
  • A detailed report with customized mitigation actions designed to measurably reduce the wildfire risk to your property.
  • A Firesmart Certificate is given upon successful completion of mitigation actions and an on-site follow up.You can choose to share your mitigation certificate with insurance providers to potentially reduce rates or maintain coverage, or with your Realtor to assist in selling your home.
  • The RDCK and FireSmart Canada only share details of the assessment with you.

Fill out the FIRESMART ASSESSMENT APPLICATION  to schedule a FREE FireSmart Assessment.

 FIRESMARTHOMEPARTNERS.CA provides more information on Firesmart Home Partners.
                                  

FireSmart Home Partners is a voluntary property assessment program that helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their properties to reduce the risk of wildfire damage.

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 2. FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program  

                              
                         Canada Community Recognition Program

                  BECOME A FIRESMART COMMUNITY

FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow fire fighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire, which ultimately saves more homes and lives. Communities whose residents take steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire without the intervention of the fire department.

When neighbours get together to FireSmart the whole community, they can reduce the risks for everyone.

The Community Recognition Program helps neighbours to organize and reduce the risk of wildfire damage for their whole community.  The Local FireSmart Representative administers the program, supports and assists the communities in reducing wildfire risks.

  • A Local FireSmart Representative from the RDCK will provide wildfire hazard reduction information based on an overall assessment of your community.
  • With the assistance of the Local FireSmart Representative, you and your neighbours form a cooperating network and make a plan to mitigate the wildfire hazards around you.
  • You and your neighbours work together to implement local mitigation solutions.
  • Firesmart Canada recognizes your community efforts and grants your community Firesmart status.

For more information on Firesmart Communities: FIRESMARTCANADA.CA

or contact the RDCK Wildfire Mitigation team 250) 352-1539 firesmart@rdck.bc.ca

 
This 8 page brochure outlines the steps to becoming a Recognized FireSmart Community. Share with your community and become a Recognized FireSmart Community this year.

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 Other FireSmart Resources


Request a Firesmart community information session

Arrange to have one of our Wildfire Mitigation Specialists visit your community group or local hall to give a short presentation to provide Firesmart information, and answer questions about how you can make yoru home and community more Firesmart.  

Contact the Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor Nora Hannon to schedule a presentation
(250) 352-8177
nhannon@rdck.bc.ca

FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual

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Wildfires are a natural part of Canada's wildland ecosystem. Without wildfire, the landscape loses its diversity. Wildfires recycle nutrients, help plants reproduce and create a mosaic of vegetation that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.

By extending our lifestyles and communities further into forested areas, we become more exposed to the danger of wildfire. Living where wildfires can occur puts your home at risk, but it is possible to live safely with this natural event. The recommendations in this manual will reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood and help firefighters to defend your home.

FireSmart Homeowner’s Self Assessment

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Assess your risk from wildfire using the FireSmart Homeowner's Assessment.

FireSmart Guide to Landscaping

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By making some strategic choices in your yard your can create a FireSmart landscape. The manual includes an extensive list of fire resistant plants and tips about FireSmart gardening.

The content on this page was last updated July 22 2018 at 12:59 PM