FireSmart Canada

Become FireSmart: Building partnerships

The spread of a wildfire may stretch across multiple jurisdictions.

As the number of communities 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 is recommended.

Here are a few things you may discuss at these meetings: 

What to talk about? 

Pre wildfire season meeting:

  • Get ready for fire season
  • Planning for the upcoming community “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 community encountered over the year and discuss strategies to overcome them
  • What to include in the spring newsletter
  • Development planned around the community and FireSmart considerations for it
  • Set a date for your community “FireSmart Day”
Who to talk to?

Every community 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
  • Community leaders
  • Local interest groups
  • Municipal Chief Administrative Officers

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— Debbie Charest, Community Member, Entwistle, Alberta