FireSmart Communities: Nova Scotia
We are happy to be part of the FireSmart Community Recognition Program in 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 Liaison is Kara McCurdy.
Congratulations to the following Nova Scotia neighbourhoods for becoming FireSmart Recognized Communities:
- Become the first neighbourhood in Nova Scotia to become a FireSmart Recognized Community!
Congratulations to the following Nova Scotia local government recipients of the FireSmart Community Protection Achievement Award:
- Become the first local government to achieve this award in Nova Scotia!
FireSmart Provincial Representative for Nova Scotia
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 community members more aware of the dangers of wildland and urban interface and what all stakeholders can do to minimize the impact of such disasters.
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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.
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.
- 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
- Site Visit – Your Local FireSmart Representative, a specialist in wildland/urban interface (WUI) fire, will visit your area and assess wildfire hazards.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
For more information on the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program – click here Information Available includes:
- Becoming a Recognized FireSmart Community Brochure
- A User Reference Guide to the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program
- Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment Form (pdf)
- Community Assessment Report Template (pdf)
- FireSmart Communities Recognition Application Form (pdf)
- FireSmart Community Recognition Renewal Form (pdf)
- FireSmart Community Recognition – Volunteer & Resource Tracking Sheet (pdf)
- Community Protection Achievement Certificate Nomination Form (pdf)
- Glossary of Commonly Used Terms (pdf)
- Workshop Delivery Policy