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Local FireSmart Representative Workshops

 

 

 

 

 

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

Fire response and land or municipal managers familiar with wildland/urban interface (WUI) issues and FireSmart principles that wish to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program (FCCRP) in their jurisdiction by serving as Local FireSmart Representatives (LFR`s) are the primary target audience.

Specifically:

  • Wildland fire management agency / Municipal fire department staff
  • Emergency Management agency staff
  • Rural or urban planners or managers
  • Office of the Fire Commissioner / Fire Marshal agency staff
  • Wildland Uurban Interface specialists (e.g. RPF’s, RFT’s, other land specialists with wildland fire responsibilities)

Note:  The (1/2 day) ‘FireSmart Community Champion’ workshop is also part of the FCCRP and is delivered by LFR’s in their respective jurisdictions.

Persons wishing to be involved in the FCCRP but who do not have a professional affiliation with WUI fire protection / prevention / planning are advised to enroll in the Community Champion workshop.

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

This workshop will assist community leaders and fire professionals to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their jurisdiction.

The two-day Local FireSmart Representative workshop provides participants with:

  • an understanding of wildland/urban interface concepts and wildfire hazard assessments,
  • tools and skills to recruit and motivate volunteer community leaders, and;
  • mentoring abilities to work with self-organized groups of citizens as they plan and implement wildfire mitigations in their own neighbourhoods.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:

The FCCRP – LFR workshop will assist participants:

  • to understand wildland fire behavior and how structures are threatened by wildfire – and ignite.
  • to understand the wildland fire hazard assessment process – recognize wildfire hazards in the WUI and apply FireSmart mitigations to reduce them.
  • to fulfill all LFR duties and implement the FCCRP effectively in their jurisdiction.
  • in the recruitment and training of Community Champions – area residents that take the lead in organizing their neighbours to take actions that reduce the potential for wildfire losses.

 

ORGANIZATION:

The two day workshop (running ~7 hours per day) provides thirteen modules with exercises that cover WUI background information, the 8-step FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program, and the use of prepared materials to facilitate and deliver future Community Champion workshops.

 

JOINING INSTRUCTIONS:

Scheduled Local FireSmart Representative workshop dates are posted here.

Specific joining instructions will be provided by the host agency or organization. To contact your regional representative click here and select your region.

Prior to arriving at the Local FireSmart Representative Workshop,  participants are encouraged to review and become familiar with:

Chapters 1 to 3 of the FireSmart Manual –  FireSmart: Protecting Your Community from Wildfire and FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program Brochure – Becoming a Recognized FireSmart Community

WORKSHOP MATERIALS:

Workshop participants will receive a complete binder package with all workshop documents – Syllabus / Agenda, FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program User Reference Guide, Powerpoint notes and a FireSmart manual.

WORKSHOP SYLLABUS:

The Workshop Syllabus features 13 workshop modules divided into three major workshop sections. In order of presentation, these are:

Section A – Wildland Urban Interface Primer – Workshop Modules 1 – 6
Content:  Wildfire and Wildland Urban Interface fire, FireSmart Mitigations

Section B – All About the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program – Workshop Modules 7 – 11
Content:  FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program structure and details

Section C – Delivering Your Own Champion Workshops – Workshop Module 12
Content:  Community Champion Program

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:

Participants will be issued a Local FireSmart Representative “Certificate of Completion” by Partners in Protection and their Provincial/ Territorial FireSmart Liaison.

Local FireSmart Representatives are encouraged to commence implementation of the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their jurisdictions. Local FireSmart Representatives perform a variety of duties – assisting residents to establish and maintain FireSmart Community recognition status and reduce the potential for wildfire losses in rural and forest communities across Canada.

General FCCRP Inquiries and to Contact Your Local FireSmart Representative – Please Contact:

Deanne Suddaby, Business Administrator, Partners in Protection Association
(780) 718-5355    E-mail: general@firesmartcanada.ca

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