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Free FireSmart home assessments available

Last Updated Jun 7, 2019 at 8:43 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied. FireSmart is a national program adopted in communities across Canada aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire in interface zones where the urban setting meets environments prone to wildfire.

Regional Emergency Services (RES) will be offering free FireSmart assessments to homeowners in the region, through the FireSmart Home Partners Program.

The assessments take approximately 20 minutes to conduct and once complete, homeowners will receive a detailed report with property-specific recommendations on how to reduce any wildfire hazards around the exterior of the home and surrounding property.

“The FireSmart assessments are a great tool to help us work with homeowners to identify wildfire hazards that might exist in their own backyards,” said Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief. “It is our goal to provide a service that encourages residents to get informed, reduce their hazards where possible and pitch in to help create a more safe and resilient community.”

Homeowners can sign up for a free FireSmart assessment online.

RES will also be out in neighbourhoods across the Urban Service Area offering on-demand assessments door-to-door.

All homeowners who have a FireSmart assessment completed before Aug. 15, 2019 will be entered to win a 60-volt lithium-powered cordless lawnmower.

For more information, contact PULSE at 780-743-7000.