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.
How FireSmart is your home? This interactive tool lists the top 10 ways to reduce the risk of losing your home to wildfire.
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:
Assistant Chief Garrith Michael
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.