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FireSmart BC – Monthly Newsletter (January)

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FireSmart BC – Monthly Newsletter (January)

As we move closer to spring, it’s important to remember that wildfire resilience begins with proactive preparation. It’s the actions we take now—before wildfire season—that make a world of difference.

To help residents with their preparation, we updated our Home Partners Hub and released a case study about the program to show what it looks like in action. These resources make it easier than ever to learn more about the program, schedule an assessment, and start your wildfire resilience journey. In addition to the Home Partners Program, we released a new magazine article that discusses the lessons we can learn from the devastating 2023 wildfire season and outlines some steps we can take right now to minimize wildfire risk.

We’re also promoting nominations for two important awards: the second annual Lynn Orstad Award, and the first annual BC Wildland Firefighter Awards. These awards recognize the incredible wildfire professionals that help keep our communities and province safe. If you’re looking for ways to proactively prepare for the upcoming wildfire season, this newsletter has several resources that will support you in your efforts.

The New Home Partners Web Hub is Live!

Want to learn more about our Home Partners Program (HPP)? Check out our new Home Partners Program Hub! This new expanded web area is designed to support this rapidly growing program, and contains a wide range of information for residents, wildfire mitigation specialists, insurance companies, First Nations, and local governments.

2023 was a record year for the program, and now the HPP is now offered throughout BC! Whether you need answers to frequently asked questions or want to schedule an assessment, the Home Partners Program Hub is your destination.

Visit the New Hub Here

Home Partners Program Case Study – Princeton

The FireSmart BC Home Partners Program (HPP) was created to engage residents in voluntary wildfire mitigation activities by offering a professional home assessment with property-specific recommendations.

Want to see what the HPP looks like in action? The video linked below showcases the successful implementation of the Home Partners Program in Princeton, BC. Through this video, you’ll get a clear idea of what an assessment looks like and see some of the recommendations given.

Watch the Video Here

REGISTER TODAY: Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit

On April 20-24, more than 700 firefighting professionals, FireSmart experts, and Indigenous, municipal, and community leaders will gather in Prince George for the 2024 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit. There, they’ll share lessons learned from 2023, along with the latest research, technologies, best practices and other information to help regions and communities prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. You’ll want to register fast before this conference sells out!

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Magazine Article: From Destruction to Determination

When it comes to wildfire preparedness, it’s crucial to learn all that we can from previous wildfire seasons. This is especially true for the 2023 wildfire season, as it was the most destructive in British Columbia’s recorded history.

To learn more about the effects of the 2023 season and how we can better prepare for 2024, read our latest magazine article! This article details the importance of proactive preventative measures and outlines some steps we can take right now to increase wildfire resilience.

Read the Article Here

Lynn Orstad Award: Nominations Are Open!

Have you submitted your nominations? We’re recognizing women working in wildfire resiliency with the Lynn Orstad Award. Lynn was a community leader and a driving force for better wildfire risk management. This award was created in her honour to continually recognize the women who work hard to make our communities safer.

Nominations will be open until February 27th, 2024 and the winner(s) will be announced during the Wildfire Resiliency & Training Summit in Prince George, BC from April 20–24, 2024.

Learn More and Nominate Here

BC Wildland Firefighter Awards: Nominate Today!

In recognition of the critical role wildland firefighters play in keeping the province safe, the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC (FNESS), BC Wildfire Service, and FireSmart BC are partnering to create the new BC Wildland Firefighter Awards.

Four recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony led by the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation during the Wildfire Resiliency Training Summit in April 2024. If it applies to you, please help support this important new award by nominating your fellow colleagues in wildfire response, including any agency, organization, or community.

Learn More and Nominate Here

Get FireSmart Podcast: Episode 36

In case you missed it, we launched a special two-guest episode of the Get FireSmart Podcast before the new year. In this episode, we dive into the FireSmart BC Education Program and how it initially took shape, featuring two key players in the process. Amanda Reynolds is the FireSmart supervisor with FNESS, and Warren Woytuck works as the director of the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2).

Get to know Amanda and Warren and their passion for wildfire resilience and education, and dive into the story of how the FireSmart Education Program was created to empower teachers and parents as they raise and educate the next generation of FireSmart British Columbians.

For more episodes featuring experts from the world of wildfire, listen to the Get FireSmart™ Podcast—available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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