Provincial and territorial liaisons
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Laura Stewart, BA
Position: FireSmart Specialist
Organization: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Laura Stewart has worked with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for the last five years as a FireSmart Specialist. Prior to joining the Alberta team, Laura spent four years with a municipal fire department as the Neighbourhood Safety Education Coordinator. In this role, Laura was responsible for coordinating all home fire safety, emergency preparedness, and injury prevention programming. In 2012, FireSmart planning and education were added to Laura’s portfolio and she led a neighbourhood FireSmart program.
Laura oversees the FireSmart Neighbourhoods program for the province and is eager to partner with Alberta neighbourhoods and work towards receiving FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition!
Organization: BC Wildfire Service
Prior to entering into the BC Wildfire Service, I was a high school teacher in Vancouver, BC. My partner and I relocated to Prince George 4 years ago, which was when I applied to the BCWS. Initially hired as a dispatcher, I transitioned into the role of Communication Specialist for the Prince George Fire Zone. I’ve had 3 wild seasons in the Communication role, which has taught me a significant amount in terms of operations, logistics, communication and integration with stakeholders. Last Fall I was invited to the FireSmart conference in Fort McMurray, which was an incredible opportunity and my first big exposure to the world of prevention and FireSmart. Through these experiences and exposures, I’ve realized my passion is public education, prevention of wildfire and building resilient neighbourhoods. I am very excited to be in this role, as it ties in with what I am most passionate about: education and prevention.
Position: Wildland Urban Interface Specialist
Organization: Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner
Jeff brings a wide variety of experience from training Wildland and Urban Interface Firefighting to Structural Firefighters to working with neighbourhoods on how to implement FireSmart. Jeff is looking forward to working with your neighbourhood in the future.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Position: Fire Prevention Officer
Organization: Department of Natural Resources
Based out of Shubenacadie Nova Scotia, Kara has always had a passion for firefighting both as a wildland firefighter and as a volunteer firefighter. As the fire prevention officer her goal is to make neighbourhood members more aware of the dangers of wildland and urban interface and what all stakeholders can do to minimize the impact of such disasters.
Currently, there are no neighbourhoods in Nunavut participating in the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program.
Position: Fire Advisor
Organization: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Jaime brings years of experience in wildland urban interface firefighting and actively contributes to assisting communities with the development of their FireSmart plans. He’s also a structural firefighter and takes great pride in building strong partnerships. He is excited to help promote the FireSmart program within Ontario.
Prince Edward Island
Phone: 418 871-3341 # 5484
Position: Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Specialist
Organization: Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA)
Position: FireSmart and Fuels Management Specialist
Organization: Government of Yukon Wildland Fire Management