In Memory of Brian Mottus
Sept 20, 1948 to August 27, 2014
Before his retirement, Brian was the Canadian Forest Service representative to Partners in Protection and a key member of the development team for FireSmart.
I had the opportunity to spend some time with Brian on a few CFS field projects in my early formative years of fire management, but I think echoing the comments of Rick Arthur, one of the early FireSmart development team members who worked closely with Brian, is the best way remember Brian and his dedication, commitment and passion he gave the FireSmart program
“Brian pretty much worked full time on the FireSmart manual for roughly the last year to year and a half of its development. He was the secretary treasurer for Partners, issued the contracts, paid the bills, kept things rolling. Every time there was an issue, he would bring it to the board for resolve, but for many concerns, made key decisions to keep things moving along and kept the board informed. He was a critical liaison with the various contractors writing the chapters for the manual and an integral part of the editorial board when it came time for the review, editing, and layout. He worked closely with the printer, looking after the details and ensuring we were getting the best bang for our buck.
The success of FireSmart is a direct result of multi-agencies, working together collaboratively, in the development of this program. Without question, no single agency had either the resources or the expertise to have developed this program on their own. Brian’s contributions were significant.
While all of the editorial board were involved and put a considerable effort in the development of FireSmart, I honestly believe (having served on the executive of Partners In Protection with Brian for a decade), that the FireSmart manual would not nearly have been the product or unqualified success that it came to be without Brian’s direct efforts. Today, the FireSmart program has been adopted by agencies across Canada and the manual has been distributed around the world.
Today, Partners in Protection and Wildfire agencies across Canada who deal with WUI issues, likely do not realize how much they owe Brian for his contributions.”
I think we would all agree that without Brian’s dedication, the FireSmart program would likely not be where it is today.
Brian will be dearly missed by the FireSmart family. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Gwen and the family in this difficult time.
With warmest thoughts,
I am committed to prune the first two metres of branches on tree trunks.— Jennifer benson, Community Member, Wildwood, Alberta