What are the Recognition Criteria?
Neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns in areas of Canada prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Community recognition status by meeting the following criteria:
- Enlisting a wildland/urban interface specialist to complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the community can implement.
- Sponsoring a local FireSmart Board which maintains the FireSmart Community Plan and tracks its progress or status.
- Conducting FireSmart Events each year that are dedicated to a local FireSmart project.
- Investing a minimum of $2.00 annually per capita in local FireSmart Community efforts. This is surprisingly easy to do since volunteer time is credited at $21 per hour (2013 amount).
- Submitting an annual report to FireSmart Canada documenting continuing compliance with the program.
- If your community has a headstart on FireSmart already and can document your efforts, this can also be recognized.