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FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program

Citizen involvement is the cornerstone of the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program.

If you live in a region susceptible to wildfires, you and your neighbours will learn how to decrease the risk of losing your homes, and how to best protect yourselves in the event of a wildfire.

FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow firefighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire, which ultimately saves more homes and lives.

Neighbourhoods in which residents take steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire without the intervention of the fire department.

What are the recognition criteria?

Neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns in areas of Canada prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Neighbourhood recognition status by meeting the following criteria:

The neighbourhood recognition program is based on principles originally developed by the National Fire Protection Association®. FireSmart Canada continues to work with NFPA on collaborative engagement and research.


How can my neighbourhood become a Recognized FireSmart Neighbourhood?

Becoming FireSmart takes time and coordination with your neighbours and others, but getting started is actually quite straightforward.
Following these steps, your neighbourhood will be on its way toward becoming FireSmart.  Application and Renewal forms can be found under our “Resources” tab.

What are the benefits of being a FireSmart Neighbourhood?

While the benefits can vary, there are a number of positive outcomes experienced by Neighbourhoods that become members of the FireSmart Neighbourhoods Program. Being “FireSmart”: