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FireSmart Communities: British Columbia

British Columbia is proud to be a part of the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program since 2012.

As communities receive recognition awards we will be posting them here.

Want to speak with your Provincial Liaison about becoming a FireSmart Community?

Your Provincial Liaisons are Jeff Eustache and Amanda Reynolds

Congratulations to the following British Columbia local government recipients of the FireSmart Community Protection Achievement Award:

  • District of Logan Lake- 2013
  • Village of Salmo- 2015
  • City of Namaimo- 2015
  • City of Kamloops- 2016
  • District of Peachland- 2016
  • City of Pentiction- 2016
  • Village of Burns Lake- 2016
  • Village of Lumby- 2016
  • Skeetchestn Band and Area- 2017
  • Community of Robson- 2017
  • Town of Lake Cowichan- 2017
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler- 2018

Congratulations to the following British Columbia neighbourhoods for becoming FireSmart Recognized Communities:

  • Whispering Pines (First Nation) – 2013, 2014 new community& renewal
  • Coldwater (First Nation)- 2014, renewals 2016, 2018
  • Nooaitch (First Nation)- 2014, renewals 2016, 2017
  • Esk’etmc (First Nation)- 2013, renewals 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • T’it’q’et (First Nation)- 2013, renewals 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Shacken (First Nation)- 2013, renewals 2014, 2017
  • Sekw’el’was (First Nation)- 2014
  • Xwisten (First Nation)- 2013, renewal 2014
  • Ts’kw’aylaxw- 2014, renewal 2016
  • Anarchist Mountain- 2013, renewals 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Quail Ridge- 2015, renewals 2016, 2018
  • Queens Bay- 2015, renewals 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Rushmere- 2015, renewals 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Skeetchestn (First Nation)- 2015, renewals 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Cayoose Creek Band (First Nation)- 2015, renewal 2017
  • Little Shuswap Lake (First Nation)- 2016
  • Tsal’alh (First Nation)- 2016
  • Nazko (First Nation)-  2016
  • Xaxli’p (First Nation)- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018
  • SXFN Canoe Creek Band (First Nation)- 2016, renewal 2017
  • Gallagher’s Canyon- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018
  • Predator Ridge- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018
  • Akisqnuk First Nation- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018
  • Steelhead- 2016
  • Penticton Indian Band (First Nation)- 2016
  • Piers Island- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018
  • Loring Way/Ponderosa Heights Community-Lytton- 2016, renewal 2017
  • Lytton First Nation- 2016, 2017
  • Sendero Canyon, Penticton- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018
  • Eastgate- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Mountain Street, Robson-2017
  • Post Creek- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Spiller Drive, Penticton- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Riddle Road, Penticton- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Woodbury Village- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Kaslo Back Road- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Black Bear- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Shuswap Band (First Nation)- 2017
  • Iron Colt- 2017, renewal 2018
  • McLeod East- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Woodland Shores- 2017
  • Brookside Village- 2017
  • Lambs Hill- 2017
  • The Slopes- 2017
  • Sunny Beach Estates- 2017
  • CastleRock Estates- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Castle Mountain- 2017, renewal 2018
  • Splatsin First Nation- 2018
  • Polar Peak, Fernie- 2018
  • Alpine Trail, Fernie- 2018
  • Canyon Trail, Fernie- 2018
  • Husula Highlands- 2018
  • Ashcroft Indian Band- 2018
  • Parkland Terrace- 2018
  • Huntsfield- 2018
  • Chu Chua-Simpcw First Nation- 2018
  • Loki Lots- 2018
  • Boothroyd Indian Band- 2018
  • Bonaparte Indian Band- 2018
  • The Middle Road- 2018
  • Nadleh Whuten First Nation- 2018
  • Stellat’en First Nation- 2018
  • Sunrise, Whistler- 2018
  • Eagle Ridge Strata- 2018
  • Ridgemont Crescent, Fernie- 2018
  • Silverstar Mountain Resort- 2018

FireSmart Provincial Representative for British Columbia

Amanda Reynolds

BCWS.PreventionComms@gov.bc.ca
250-319-2480

 

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 communities. I am very excited to be in this role, as it ties in with what I am most passionate about: education and prevention.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Eustache, RFT

Position:  Forest Fuel Management Program Manager
Organization:  First Nations Emergency Services (FNESS)
Email:  jeustache@fness.bc.ca
Phone: 250-377-7600

Hello, my name is Jeff Eustache RFT, I am the manager at the First Nations Emergency Services (FNESS) for the Forest Fuel Management Program. I am a member of the Simpcw First Nation Band of the Secwepemc Nation within the Southern Interior of BC. I am married with 3 children, a graduate of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Natural Resources Technology Program – Forestry Option. I am also registered with the Association of BC Forestry Professionals, as a Forest Technologist.

FNESS coordinates the delivery of the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) with the BC Wildfire Management Branch and the Union of BC Municipalities. SWPI is a suite of funding programs managed through the Provincial Fuels Management Working Group – which includes the First Nations Emergency Services Society, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations and the Union of BC Municipalities. The initiative supports communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the Wildland urban interface to improve community safety, through the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), Prescription Development, Demonstration Projects and Implementation of Operational Fuel Treatment Projects.  The Forest Fuel Management Department (FFM) provides First Nations Communities information and support to ensure they receive the necessary assistance to guide through the process of completing SWPI projects.  The FFM staff plays a key role in the delivery and participation within the SWPI program with its program partners with the BC Wildfire Management Branch and Union of BC Municipalities.

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Neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns in areas of Canada prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Community recognition status by meeting the following criteria:

  • Enlisting a wildland/urban interface specialist to complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the community can implement.
  • Sponsoring a local FireSmart Board which maintains the FireSmart Community Plan and tracks its progress or status.
  • Conducting FireSmart Events each year that are dedicated to a local FireSmart project.
  • Investing a minimum of $2.00 annually per capita in local FireSmart Community efforts. This is surprisingly easy to do since volunteer time is credited at $24.17 per hour (2017 amount).
  • Submitting an annual report to FireSmart Canada documenting continuing compliance with the program.
  • If your community has a head start on FireSmart already and can document your efforts, this can also be recognized.

Becoming FireSmart takes time and coordination with your neighbours and others, but getting started is actually quite straightforward. Following these steps, your community will be on its way toward becoming FireSmart.

  1. Contact FireSmart – A community representative (you or another interested member of your community) phones FireSmart Canada at 780-718-5355 or completes an on-line request for contact by the Local FireSmart Representative on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca
  2. Site Visit – Your Local FireSmart Representative, a specialist in wildland/urban interface (WUI) fire, will visit your area and assess wildfire hazards.
  3. Community Representation – At the same time, your Community Champion (again, this could be you) recruits others from your community to create a FireSmart Board which will include other homeowners and fire professionals and possibly land managers, planners and members of other interest groups.
  4. Assessment & Evaluation – The Local FireSmart Representative completes the wildfire hazard assessment and evaluation of the community’s wildfire readiness and schedules a meeting with your local FireSmart Board to present the assessment for review and acceptance by the Board.
  5. Moving Forward/Creating A Plan – Your local FireSmart Board develops a FireSmart Community Plan (a set of solutions to its WUI fire issues based on the Local FireSmart Representative’s report). All members of the FireSmart Board must concur with the final plan which is presented to and approved by the provincial/territorial FireSmart Liaison. The Local FireSmart Representative may work with your community to seek project implementation funds if needed.
  6. Implement Solutions – Solutions from your FireSmart Community Plan are implemented following a schedule designed by your FireSmart Board, who will be responsible for maintaining the program into the future.
  7. Apply for Recognition – FireSmart Community recognition status is achieved after your community submits its application form along with a completed FireSmart Community Plan and FireSmart Event documentation to your Local FireSmart Representative. Use the on-line form available on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca
  8. Renewing Your Recognition Status – Annual renewal of your recognition is completed by submitting documentation of your community’s continued participation to the provincial/territorial FireSmart Liaison. Use the on-line form available on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca

Check the FireSmart Community Recognition Program area of this website to learn how to talk to your neighbours about FireSmart, and explore what it means to become a recognized FireSmart Community. The FireSmart Community Recognition Program provides a simple template that neighbourhoods can use to take action to protect homes from brush, grass and forest fires.

For more information on the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program – click  here Information Available includes:

Individual forms from – A User Reference Guide to the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program are available:  

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