FireSmart Canada

Local FireSmart Representative Workshops

TARGET AUDIENCE

Fire response and land or municipal managers familiar with wildland/urban interface (WUI) issues and FireSmart principles that wish to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program (FCCRP) in their jurisdiction by serving as Local FireSmart Representatives (LFR`s) are the primary target audience.

Specifically:

  • Wildland fire management agency / Municipal fire department staff
  • Emergency Management agency staff
  • Rural or urban planners or managers
  • Office of the Fire Commissioner / Fire Marshall agency staff
  • Wildland Uurban Interface specialists (e.g. RPF's, RFT's, other land specialists with wildland fire responsibilities)

Note:  The (1/2 day) 'FireSmart Community Champion' workshop is also part of the FCCRP and is delivered by LFR's in their respective jurisdictions.

Persons wishing to be involved in the FCCRP but who do not have a professional affiliation with WUI fire protection / prevention / planning are advised to enroll in the Community Champion workshop.

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

This workshop will assist community leaders and fire professionals to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their jurisdiction.

The two-day Local FireSmart Representative workshop provides participants with:

  • an understanding of wildland/urban interface concepts and wildfire hazard assessments,
  • tools and skills to recruit and motivate volunteer community leaders, and;
  • mentoring abilities to work with self-organized groups of citizens as they plan and implement wildfire mitigations in their own neighbourhoods.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:

The FCCRP – LFR workshop will assist participants:

  • to understand wildland fire behavior and how structures are threatened by wildfire - and ignite.
  • to understand the wildland fire hazard assessment process - recognize wildfire hazards in the WUI and apply FireSmart mitigations to reduce them.
  • to fulfill all LFR duties and implement the FCCRP effectively in their jurisdiction.
  • in the recruitment and training of Community Champions - area residents that take the lead in organizing their neighbours to take actions that reduce the potential for wildfire losses.

ORGANIZATION:

The two day workshop (running ~7 hours per day) provides thirteen modules with exercises that cover WUI background information, the 8-step FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program, and the use of prepared materials to facilitate and deliver future Community Champion workshops.

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— Jennifer benson, Community Member, Wildwood, Alberta