Communication and planning is underway to assist First Nations and local governments to engage in the FireSmart community recognition program. The goal of progressing the First Nations and local government into the recognition program is the objective for this fiscal year. The BC Wildfire Service recently hired a communications/engagement specialist who will implement the FireSmart Community Recognition Program and assist with wildfire prevention activities in BC. it was determined that the FireSmart Community recognition program will be an activity for this position.
The BC Territorial representative/liaison position was previously held by a FNESS representative and is now shared between FNESS and the BCWS.
This added capacity and support for this role has been a great addition to BC FireSmart.
We have also received approval to develop an expanded Fire Smart project through the Department of Indigenous Services Canada this year and are seeking to increase the FireSmart community recognition First Nations engagement. Splatsin First Nation received community recognition in May 2018.
See the FireSmart Canada website for a full recognition list for British Columbia:
Home Ignition Zone (HIZ)
Assessment Pilot Project
A project proposal was initiated in August 2016 as a partnership proposal for Fort Nelson First Nation IR # 2 through the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) who approved the project in October 2016. The project was leveraged as a partnership initiative through the BC Rural Dividend Program which approved the project in March 2017. The project area of interest expanded to include the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.
The scope of the project also expanded to include:
- UAV technology to capture aerial imagery to support HIZ assessments and threat assessments in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).
- UAV commercial training for community members/business owners to support economic development opportunities.
The project initiative is being implemented through six funding sources with budget contributions from DISC, Forest Enhancement Society, UMBC, Fort Nelson First Nations (FNFN), and Partners in Protection, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and the BC Rural Dividend Program.
FireSmart Planning & Activities -> Now eligible without a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
- SWPI 2018 FireSmart Planning Program Guide
- SWPI 2018 FireSmart Planning Application Form
- 2018 FireSmart Planning & Activities Final Report Form – will be available in near future
To qualify as a FireSmart Communities Recognition site, a community must have met five standards:
- Complete a community assessment and create a plan (refer to page 12 & 20 of the Fire Smart User Reference Guide)
- Form a FireSmart Board (page 14)
- Hold a FireSmart Day event (page 16)
- Invest a minimum of $2/capita in local wildfire mitigation projects. (Volunteer hours X $21.36/hr 2012 rate, equipment
use, time contributed by agency fire staff, and grant funding can be included, see page 25)
- Submit an application (page 24 & 29)
Applications for First Nations communities in BC will be submitted to the “Provincial FireSmart Liaison” for First Nations Communities, located at the Kamloops FNESS Office. FNESS will work with the communities and Partners in Protection Canada, with the goal of achieving FireSmart Community Recognition status.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day was Saturday May 5, 2018
FireSmart Application Submission Process:
FireSmart applications to be submitted directly to UBCM
Questions, Comments, please contact:
Forest Fuel Management Department ~ FNESS Kamloops
Union of British Columbia Municipalities at UBCM
Mr. Jeff Eustache, RFT email@example.com
Union of British Columbia Municipalitiesat UBCM