FireSmart workshops promote community protection from wildfire

Apr 26 2013

YELLOWKNIFE (APRIL 26, 2013) – The first Northwest Territories Local FireSmart Representatives Workshop will be held in Fort Smith from April 30 – May 1, 2013.
“A collaborative FireSmart approach will help us reduce the wildfire risk to our communities,” says Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) J. Michael Miltenberger. “This workshop will help communities develop capacity to adopt and promote FireSmart principles while working towards becoming recognized as FireSmart communities.”

The FireSmart Program provides a proactive approach to Community Wildland Fire Protection, planning and implementation to mitigate wildland fire risk; reduce wildland fire severity; and prepare homeowners and communities for wildland fire occurrences. Community Wildfire Protection Plans have been developed for all communities in the forested areas of the NWT. ENR is working with communities to implement these plans and identify and reduce wildland fire risk.

More than 40 local representatives from NWT communities and agencies are expected to attend the workshop, which is being held at the Thebacha Campus of Aurora College.

Information on the FireSmart Program can be found on-line at www.nwtfire.com, at your regional ENR office or your local FireSmart representative.

For more information:

Ella Stinson
Communications Planning Specialist
Environment and Natural Resources
Tel: (867) 920-3310
Email: ella_stinson@gov.nt.ca