Sign up for FireSmart workshop to be prepared

In response to the recent concerns of residents regarding the possibility of wildfires impacting their lives, a Fire Smart workshop will be held on Thursday, July 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Cobble Hill Hall on Watson Avenue in Cobble Hill (by the Cobblestone Pub).

This free workshop is being put on by Sybille Sanderson, the emergency program coordinator in the public safety division of the CVRD.

Sanderson is involved in all major local emergency events and the information she imparts in her workshops includes personal observations and perspectives that cannot be gleaned from reading a booklet, said Jackie Barker, volunteer coordinator of Cobble Hill emergency preparedness. She is able to answer specific questions and provide suggestions if people have individual concerns.

“This three hour session could help you and your neighbourhood become much safer in terms of you and your home surviving a wildfire,” Barker said.

Topics for the workshop include understanding the wildfire threat, understanding what makes homes vulnerable, assessing a home’s potential risk for wildfire, how to FireSmart a home and reduce the risks, FireSmart landscaping and an introduction to the Recognized FireSmart Communities Project.

People who are interested in attending may sign up directly by either phoning 250-746-2560 or emailing to ep@cvrd. bc.ca by July 16.