Citizen involvement is the cornerstone of the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program (FireSmart Communities 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 wildfire.
FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow fire fighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire – which ultimately saves more homes and lives.
Communities whose residents take steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire without the intervention of the fire department.
The Program draws on a community’s spirit and its willingness to take responsibility for reducing wildfire risks.
The Program utilizes the following template:
I am committed to plant fire resistant trees like aspen, birch or poplar, instead of spruce and pine.— Jenna Kiss, Community Member, Yellowhead county, Alberta