FireSmart Community

The District of West Vancouver is a FireSmart Community. This program provides residents with guidance to significantly reduce fire hazards in their neighbourhood.

The FireSmart Community program is designed to encourage local, self-organized groups of neighbours to implement solutions for wildfire safety by engaging and supporting homeowners, community leaders and others in shared efforts to protect people and property from wildfire.

The first step to becoming FireSmart is to educate yourself, your family and your community. Find out what you need to know to increase the wildfire resiliency of your property and neighbourhood.

FireSmart Workshop

West Vancouver Fire & Rescue will be holding two virtual FireSmart Workshops to provide residents with guidance to significantly reduce fire hazards in their neighbourhood. All West Vancouver residents are encouraged to register, especially those living in the Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area, which includes all properties within 100 metres of a forested area—approximately 50% of land in the District.

The workshop dates: 

Registration is not required but is encouraged. By registering, you will receive an email reminder on the day of the workshop.

Detailed instructions on how to join a Webex meeting are available here.

We're looking for volunteers

Community Champions are needed in each of the seven FireSmart neighbourhood zones in West Vancouver. 

As neighbourhood leaders, Community Champions are volunteers who advocate for wildfire safety. They connect with and motivate their neighbours to make their homes and communities less vulnerable to fire.

Volunteers will take part in FireSmart workshops to learn more about how to develop an action plan to reduce wildfire hazards. They then pass on the skills they learned to other volunteers in their neighbourhood zones.

For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Jeremy Calder
Assistant Chief | Fire Prevention

604-925-7392
Email

Protect your home, yard and neighbourhood  

Help decrease the risk of wildfire to your home, yard and neighbourhood by taking steps to reduce fuel for embers and flames.

Homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything that surrounds it, up to 100 metres. This is called the Home Ignition Zone, which is broken down into four zones based on priority.  

Protecting your Home Ignition Zone includes clearing vegetation away from your house, pruning trees and storing patio furniture farther away in your yard.

*Your zone may overlap with your neighbours’ zones. If you work together, please help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining the proper physical distance of at least two metres (six feet) apart.

Contact

Report a wildfire

1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell

Fire information line

1-888-336-7378

For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Jeremy Calder
Assistant Chief | Fire Prevention

604-925-7392
Email

How FireSmart is your home?

This interactive tool lists the top 10 ways to reduce the risk of losing your home to wildfire.

FireSmart BC

Wildfire Hazard Development Permits

To protect against wildfire risk, Wildfire Hazard Development Permits are required for work within the Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area (i.e., within 100 metres of an undisturbed forest interface).

Wildfire Hazard Development Permits

More information

Learn more about the FireSmart program:

FireSmart Canada

FireSmart Guides and Manuals

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