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Wildfire preparedness day a success

 | May 15, 2016
Starting young: Greyson and his mom, volunteer firefighter Tarrah Clements, helped the public learn more about what they can do to be ready for wildfire season. - Photo by Carmen Ruiz
Starting young: Greyson and his mom, volunteer firefighter Tarrah Clements, helped the public learn more about what they can do to be ready for wildfire season. – Photo by Carmen Ruiz

A wildland environment is a wildfire environment. That’s the message Sun Peaks Fire and Rescue (SPFR) and FireSmart Canada addressed to residents of Sun Peaks on Wildfire Preparedness Day on May 7.

With close to two dozen people in attendance, SPFR members answered the question ‘What is a FireSmart community?’, and addressed the dangers in the home and yard zone.

“The home/yard zone (needs to be) 10 metres away from their house and that’s where we want people concentrating their efforts when cleaning up their yard,” said fire prevention officer, Dean Schiavon.

Because Sun Peaks is a wildland environment, SPFR has been working hard to make Sun Peaks a FireSmart community and putting on the event helped inform the community of what it means to be FireSmart.

“Being a FireSmart community is being one that is officially recognized by FireSmart Canada to help reduce the overall risk assessment for wildfires within our community,” said Schiavon.

In order to make Sun Peaks an official FireSmart community, volunteer board representatives are needed and Schiavon is looking for people who may be interested.

For more information on FireSmart visit www.firesmartcanada.ca. To become a board member, email Schiavon at [email protected].

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