Fire Prevention Week is here!
Fire prevention week, observed to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, gives individuals, families and communities a chance to learn more about staying safe in case of fire. Here in the Special Areas, wildfires – specifically grassfires – have become more frequent and more destructive. To help residents learn more about staying safe from grassfires, a new public education campaign is being launched this fall which shares FireSmart principles and fire prevention techniques for rural farm sites and residences.
FireSmart Canada is a national program which helps identify and reduce risks wildfires pose to communities and structures. Originally designed for the wildland/urban interface, this initiative is now used in all areas of the Province.
“Our local fire departments have seen the difference effective fire prevention makes to prevent the spread of grassfires. FireSmart applies to everyone, from individuals to families to larger communities. Living in the Special Areas often means long distances and travel times, for residents and for fire departments. Implementing FireSmart in your yard, around your home, or on your larger operation is one way you can directly reduce your risks from wildfires.”
Glen Durand, Special Areas Fire Chief
Special Areas Fire Services are focusing on helping rural residents and producers learn more about FireSmart tools, and how they can use them to reduce risks. Building on the success of the 2018 Community Grassfire Information sessions, this fall a new initiative is being launched which helps rural residents and property owners identify simple, practical, proactive steps they can take to reduce wildfire risks. Rural residents and property owners can request a FireSmart Assessment from Special Areas Fire Services. Each assessment usually takes around 30 minutes to complete and helps to identify hazards and suggests fire prevention activities which could be completed.
To learn more about FireSmart, or to request a FireSmart Assessment of your property, contact Special Areas Fire Services at 403-779-3733 or your local district office.