Building partnerships

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Firefighters, municipal governments, wildfire agencies, local industry, Indigenous Councils and local residents can work together on FireSmart initiatives.

Preparing for wildfire should never be done in isolation. Meet regularly with your FireSmart committee to discuss:

  • Upcoming wildfire season conditions
  • Sources of wildfire ignitions
  • Location of recent wildfires
  • Neighbourhood concerns and barriers to implementing FireSmart
  • What role everyone will play in a wildfire event

The spread of a wildfire may stretch across multiple jurisdictions.

As the number of neighbourhoods effected by wildfire increases dramatically so does the need to improve your relationships with other fire departments and agencies. Always be sure you meet with your partnering agencies before a fire meets. Having a pre and post wildfire season meeting is recommended.

What to talk about

Pre wildfire season meeting:

  • Get ready for fire season
  • Planning for the upcoming neighbourhood “FireSmart Day”
  • Look at the spring newsletter and what to include
  • Address fire weather indices
  • Update and introductions of new fire personnel
  • Update of new fire equipment
  • Updates for FireSmart plans

Post wildfire season meeting:

  • Review wildfires of note
  • Discuss lessons learned from this wildfire season
  • Address FireSmart projects winter projects (thinning, clearing, pruning)
  • Address barriers the neighbourhood encountered over the year and discuss strategies to overcome them
  • What to include in the spring newsletter
  • Development planned around the neighbourhood and FireSmart considerations for it
  • Set a date for your neighbourhood “FireSmart Day”

Who to talk to

Every neighbourhood will have different jurisdictions and leaders involved in the wildfire.

Here are just a few individuals involved in the wildland-urban interface:

  • Wildland fire management agency leadership
  •  Wildland fire operations
  •  Wildland fire prevention
  • Structural fire department leadership
  • Emergency services
  • Municipal planners
  • Neighbourhood leaders
  • Indigenous neighbourhood partners
  • Local interest groups
  • Municipal Chief Administrative Officers