Sunday June 19, 2022 | METCHOSIN, BC
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends
The District of Metchosin Fire Department is once again on top of proactively preparing their rural property owners and residents for wildfire management.
A huge part of that is information and education, as well as equipment. And of course, the willingness and time to undertake any needed actions.
Last week District of Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop sent out several pointers, reminders and links.
Metchosin Fire Dept services:
- FireSmart Home Assessments: A FireSmart Coordinator will come to your property and provide you with resources, advice and ideas on how you can create defendable space around your home to prevent structure loss. The assessment takes approximately 20-30 minutes and is completely free. Once the home assessment has been completed – you can access many of the other FireSmart programs available in Metchosin:
- FireSmart Rebate: Homeowners can receive a rebate up to 50% or $500 on firesmart landscaping projects such as tree removal, limbing, yard debris removal, home improvements, etc.
- FireSmart Chipping: Metchosin FireSmart is coordinating debris drop-off behind the firehall. Alternatively, if you would like to schedule a neighbourhood POD chipping event please let us know!
- FireSmart Mitigation: Our FireSmart Team is here to support you – contact us for free FireSmart mitigation work – clearing debris, cleaning gutters, trimming ladder fuels, etc.
- Reflective Address Signs: Can you be found at night? You know where you live – but can others find you? If you would like a green or blue reflective address sign, installed – we can provide them for $25.00.
- Sprinkler Kits: We have home sprinkler kits available!
The FireSmart BC fire-resistant plant tool helps British Columbians identify the species that grow best in the specific climate where they live.
Finding the right plants lowers the risk of structure damage due to wildfire, and FireSmart selections can also increase sustainability, helping to conserve water and attract pollinators.
Check out the FireSmart Landscaping Hub.
Download the FireSmart Manual:
Download a copy of the FireSmart Manual here, it has many useful tips for preparing your home in order to reduce wildfire risk. Many of these preventative measures cost very little and can potentially reduce fire dangers by a great deal. Others require planning and long-term commitment to change. This manual will provide practical and affordable ways to prepare your home and property.
Fire Ecology session:
A session on Fire Ecology: History in Coastal Douglas Fir Climatic Zones and Mitigation Techniques is being presented on Tuesday evening, July 12, at Old Metchosin Elementary, 7 to 9 pm. Presented by Habitat Acquisition Trust.
About Metchosin Fire:
Metchosin Fire Department is a direct provider of emergency and non-emergency services to the following customers:
- The citizens of the District Municipality of Metchosin.
- The businesses and their customers located within Metchosin.
- Persons attending and working in Metchosin.
- Mutual aid partners: Sooke, Otter Point, East Sooke, Langford & Colwood Fire Departments, RCMP and British Columbia Ambulance Service.