FNESS is proud to be recognized by the Province and now Partners in Protection (Canada) to lend support for First Nations (BC), as part of the National FireSmart Community recognition program.
Partners in Protection is a multi-disciplinary partnership committed to raising awareness, providing information, and developing forums with a view to encouraging proactive, community-based initiatives. Such initiatives would have as their principal objective, to reduce risk of fire losses and enhance safety in the wildland-urban interface.
FNESS will be working to identify communities that meet the FireSmart recognition criteria, including those communities that participated with previous NRCAN program.
- Breaking News
- First Nations of BC Community Recognition Program
- Application Form
- Creating a FireSmart Community
To qualify as a FireSmart Communities Recognition site, a community must have met five standards:
Fire Smart User Reference Guide (Click to download a copy)
- 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.
Related links for more general info:
- Partners in Protection
- Wildfire Management Branch
- Thompson Okanagan Interface Society
- Office of the Fire Commissioner
- Firewise Communities
- Home ignition zone