qathet Regional District FireSmart Program returns for 2020

Powell River, B.C. – The qathet Regional District is pleased to announce the return of the Regional FireSmart Program for 2020.

This is the fourth consecutive year of the Regional FireSmart Program. With funding support from the Province of BC and Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Fund, the qRD is able to continue to offer education, training, and planning toward mitigating the negative impacts from wildfire to public and private properties across the region.

Regional FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert noted that 2019 saw a significant increase in the number of residents contacting the program for FireSmart advice. This year the Program will continue to offer free home and property wildfire hazard assessments. Property owners may also qualify for rebates up to $500 for completing eligible FireSmart improvements around their homes.

Residents interested in information on how to make FireSmart improvements to their homes and properties are encouraged to contact the qRD office or Regional FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert directly at firesmartpr@gmail.com.

CONTACT:
Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services
qathet Regional District
#202 – 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2
(604) 485-2260
rthoms@qathet.ca
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