Cariboo FireSmart Workshop June 18-19

Are you involved in preparing your community for the threat of wildfire?  If so, then please attend a Local FireSmart Representative Workshop where you will acquire the knowledge, skills and tools to help protect your community from wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires. The second of six regional workshops is taking place June 18-19, 2014, at the Pioneer Complex in Williams Lake, BC.

The Provincial Fuel Management Working Group, in coordination with Partners in Protection Association, is convening the workshops, one in each of BC's Fire Centres, over the next 18 months.

Local government and First Nation staff or elected officials that wish to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their community by serving as a Local FireSmart Representative, are encouraged to attend. Space permitting, staff from other agencies (e.g. forest professionals or land specialists with wildland fire responsibilities) may also attend.

The workshop will assist local governments and First Nations to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their jurisdiction. The two-day workshop provides participants with:

• An understanding of WUI concepts, wildfire hazard assessments and FireSmart activities;

• Tools and skills to recruit and motivate volunteer community leaders;

• Mentoring abilities to work with self-organized groups of citizens as they plan and implement wildfire threat mitigation in their own neighbourhoods.

The workshops are provided free of charge, however registration is required by June 9.

To register for the June 18-19 workshop, please complete the online form.

For more information on becoming a recognized FireSmart Community, please view the introductory brochure.

For more information, please contact UBCM's Local Government Program Services.

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