Step 1: Determining company risk tolerance and budget
Determine the acceptable level and liability for implementing FireSmart measures aimed at protecting your operations from wildfire. The acceptable level of risk and budget available for each company will vary depending on their corporate strategy and financial circumstances. It is essential to plan strategies and expenditures based on those with the best cost benefit scenario.
Step 2: Assessing wildfire risk to current or planned infrastructure
This involves assessing sites, operations and facilities by using the three FireSmart Zones concept. It is recommended that companies consult with fire behaviour experts to ensure risk levels are accurately captured.
Step 3: Planning Ahead
Incorporate FireSmart engineering into the initial construction of facilities and operations to reduce front end construction and FireSmart maintenance costs. If site selection is optional, try to locate your operations or facilities in deciduous fuel types (pure aspen, tamarack) rather than coniferous (spruce, pine) to significantly lessen the risk from wildfires.
Step 4. Developing strategies to reduce the risk of wildfires near facilities and infrastructure.
Determine the risk to each facility using tools and wildfire risk models available for your province or territory. Utilize the most cost effective treatment in identified areas to reduce risk to acceptable levels.
I am committed to host a practice session for our volunteer fire department focused on wildfire operations.— Graham Legaarden, Firefighter, Hinton, Alberta