BC Wildfire Service – Fire Smart

Individual homeowners and wider communities can take simple steps to reduce the impact of wildfire. The time to reduce the threat of wildfire is now, not when a fire is at your doorstep. Be proactive, be practical, and be FireSmart.

Prepare for Wildfires

Wildfires are unpredictable, but you can take steps to create defensible space around your home to reduce an approaching wildfire’s volatility. Take a wildfire safety quiz, assess your home’s structural and site hazards, and learn the steps you can take to reduce your home’s susceptibility to fire through FireSmart. 


 

FireSmart Salt Spring Island

Individual homeowners and neighborhoods can take simple steps to reduce the impact of wildfire. The time to reduce the threat of wildfire is now, not when a fire is at your doorstep. Be proactive, be practical, and be FireSmart. Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) provides several local FireSmart programs:

1. FireSmart SSI Residential Assessments

You can invite Local FireSmart Representatives (LFR)s to visit your property to make FireSmart recommendations. An assessment takes approximately 20-45 minutes, and you can learn valuable tips to improve safety around your home. You can also follow the checklists to complete your own residential assessment, if you prefer.

                               

 

2. FireSmart SSI Rebate Program

Seniors (aged 65 and over) and people with disabilities can be eligible for a rebate up to $250 to assist with labour related to a FireSmart Residential Assessment on Salt Spring Island. This rebate is available until June 30, 2022 under the provincial FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to obtain a rebate, you must complete a few steps: 

  • Apply for a FireSmart Residential Assessment on the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) website.
  • A Local FireSmart Representative (LFR) from SSIFR will assess your home and make recommendations with a primary assessment. 
  • You hire someone to complete work around your home, as per the FireSmart Residential Assessment recommendations (save your receipt). 
  • Contact SSIFR to book a second FireSmart Residential Assessment. 
  • An SSIFR LFR will conduct a secondary FireSmart Residential Assessment, make a copy of your receipt for completed work, and complete a rebate-cheque requisition. 
  • Celebrate a job well done! 
3. FireSmart SSI Presentations

Local FireSmart Representatives will attend events or meetings to discuss ways to enhance the safety of your community. Contact us at SSIFR by phone (250-537-2531) or email admin@saltspringfire.com to book a presentation. 

4. FireSmart SSI Neighborhood Recognition

Local FireSmart Representatives will work with neighborhood groups to apply for Neighborhood Recognition through FireSmart Canada. Contact us at SSIFR by phone (250-537-2531) or email admin@saltspringfire.com to book a presentation. Click here to learn more about the FireSmart Community Recognition Program.


 

FireSmart Guides and Manuals

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FireSmart Video Presentation

This virtual presentation covers all the basics and FireSmart principles as they pertain to BC and Salt Spring Island.