SIFCo is currently working with the three village councils of New Denver, Silverton and Slocan to develop a comprehensive FireSmart program over the years to come.
BELOW WE HAVE LISTED THE WAYS IN WHICH WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO HELP THE SLOCAN VALLEY ON ITS JOURNEY TOWARDS BECOMING FIRESMART
This summer (2019) as part of our FireSmart program we are planning three day long FireSmart events, one in each of our municipalities. The aim of these public outreach events will be to educate and inform the local community on how they can improve the safety of their home/land and reduce the risk of damage from Interface wildfires. The dates and locations of these events will be announced on our blog, facebook page and in 'The Valley Voice' newspaper.
As part of our FireSmart program we are working with the above mentioned villages to develop a road map with them so they can become FireSmart Home Partners. FireSmart Home Partners aims to engage homeowners in voluntary wildfire mitigation activities by offering a home assessment with property-specific recommendations. The assessment process accurately evaluates a home and property for wildfire exposure, while engaging the homeowner in their unique risk and ways to reduce it. If you are a home owner and would like a free home or land assessment in order to help you in making your property more Fire Smart, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Over the years the demand for our private land services has grown exponentially and so we are beginning a Local Recruitment Program for both Local FireSmart representatives and Wildfire Mitigation Specialists. If you are interested in becoming a local Firesmart representative feel free to contact us for more information.
Other activities that will take place over the next years will include a subregional FireSmart Planning Table that will look into our current emergency preparedness action plan and propose reccomendations for improvement.
Critical infrastructure is a great concern when it comes to the threat of wildfire. We are currently reviewing our structural protection capacities within the Slocan Valley and will host cross-jurisdictional meetings to increase emergency preparedness.
A huge part of being a FireSmart community involves close communication with local fire departments. We have been developing a relationship with our local fire departments and will continue to do so to help increase readiness in the event of interface wildfires.
Getting private Land owners engaged within the FireSmart program is key to its success, therefore we will continue in our development of a comprehensive program for Private Land holders that will include ways to make it easier for land holders to participate (for example rebates, curb side debris pick up and chipping services).
So as to aid people in the process of creating a FireSmart home we will be creating an informational video to offer the public a visual aid for how they can go about taking steps to reduce the risk of potential damage caused to their homes from Interface fires.