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The Get FireSmart Podcast

English, Education, 1 season, 38 episodes, 1 day, 4 hours, 55 minutes
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The Get FireSmart Podcast is a place to hear powerful stories and lessons of impact from FireSmart leaders across the world. Every two weeks we share best practices that provide practical tips and tools to get FireSmart! Each episode is 30 to 60 minutes and focuses on tips, initiatives and insights from FireSmart professionals. FireSmart is simple and powerful. The steps you take today can help to protect your home from the threat of wildfire.
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38: “Preparing for Wildfire Season” Guest: Dan Stevens

We're excited to feature Dan Stevens, a FireSmart BC education and outreach coordinator from Chase, BC. Dan works with First Nations’ Emergency Services Society and has a passion for wildfire education, bringing his strong background of engaging with communities all across the province on the importance of FireSmart and wildfire preparation. In this episode, we talk about getting ready for wildfire season: what to do, how to prepare, and how we can increase collaboration and training across the province to improve our resilience together. Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: firesmartbc.caLearn about FNESS: https://www.fness.bc.ca/ Watch FireSmart BC videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
4/5/202432 minutes, 50 seconds
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37: “Understanding Fuel Management” Guest: Pete Laing

Today’s discussion features Pete Laing, superintendent of fuel management with BC Wildfire Service. This episode unpacks his 33-year history in fire response and fuel management, discussing fuel types, the difference between good fire and bad fire, and the work that BC Wildfire Services does to protect BC communities. We'll learn about how fires move, the impact that has on fuel behaviour, and how to be more resilient. Pete has built his entire career on fire, and this episode is a valuable exploration of his lessons and insights. Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: firesmartbc.caLearn more about the BC Wildfire Service: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status Watch FireSmart BC videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
3/21/202443 minutes, 22 seconds
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36: “The FireSmart BC Education Program” Guest: Amanda Reynolds and Warren Woytuck

In this special two-guest episode, we dive into the FireSmart BC Education Program and how it initially took shape, featuring two key players in the process. Amanda Reynolds is the FireSmart supervisor with FNESS, and Warren Woytuck works as the director of the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2). Get to know Amanda and Warren and their passion for wildfire resilience and education, and dive into the story of how the FireSmart Education Program was created to empower teachers and parents as they raise and educate the next generation of FireSmart British Columbians. Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: firesmartbc.caWatch FireSmart BC videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbcExplore the FireSmart Education Program’s free lesson plans: https://firesmartbc.ca/educationprogram/ Learn about the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2): https://tc2.ca/ 
12/21/202348 minutes, 18 seconds
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35: “Understanding and Restoring Active Fire Regimes in BC” Guest: Jen Baron

Jen Baron is a transdisciplinary ecologist and researcher with the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions (PICS) Wildfire and Carbon Project and Canada Wildfire Strategic Network, with a focus on wildland fire, data science, and disturbance and landscape ecology. In this episode, we discuss Jen’s background, the history of fire in BC, and the importance of understanding and restoring active fire regimes in BC. Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: firesmartbc.caLearn more about Canada Wildfire: https://www.canadawildfire.org/ Learn more about the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions: https://pics.uvic.ca/projects/wildfire-and-carbon Watch FireSmart BC videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
11/30/202326 minutes, 20 seconds
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34: “The Digital Transformation of Fire Safety Education” Guest: Christina Hanger

Christina Hanger works in community engagement for the Country Fire Authority in Australia. She was one of the keynote speakers for the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit, and in this episode, we further unpack what she shared during her presentation. We specifically explore how Australia continues to invest in community engagement, awareness, and education on wildfire resiliency, and how BC can learn from their example. Christina is passionate about raising awareness and giving back to communities impacted by wildfires. This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit.Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: firesmartbc.caLearn more about the Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit: https://firesmartbc.ca/wildfire-resiliency-and-training-summit/Explore the Country Fire Authority website: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ Watch FireSmart BC videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
11/29/202337 minutes, 21 seconds
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33: “Impactful Wildfire Preparation with FNESS” Guest: Wayne Schnitzler

In today’s exciting episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Wayne Schnitzler, the Executive Director of the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS). Wayne started his 35-year career in fire service in 1979 with the City of Surrey as a volunteer firefighter, and has since been a Captain of Training, Fire Chief, and received provincial and federal exemplary service awards for 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of fire service. He has also received Citizen of the Year in 2009 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This episode explores Wayne’s role in FNESS and how the organization is working to build resilient First Nations communities through emergency management. This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit.Links:To learn more about FireSmart BC visit firesmartbc.caLearn more about the Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit: https://firesmartbc.ca/wildfire-resiliency-and-training-summit/To explore the FNESS website, visit https://www.fness.bc.ca/ Watch FireSmart BC Videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
10/27/202349 minutes, 40 seconds
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32: “What We Can Do in the Face of Wildfires” Guest: Daniel Berlant

This impactful episode introduces Daniel Berlant, the Acting State Fire Marshal and Deputy Director of Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). We learn what his organization is doing to address the increasing threat of wildfires and how residents can participate. From actionable steps for residents to community involvement programs to global partnerships, this episode is an inspirational look into how far we’ve come globally in addressing wildfires and how we can all contribute to a safer, more resilient future for everyone.This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit.Links:To learn more about FireSmart BC visit firesmartbc.caLearn more about the Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit: https://firesmartbc.ca/wildfire-resiliency-and-training-summit/Explore Daniel Berlant’s CAL FIRE website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/prepare Watch FireSmart BC Videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbcFinal Podcast Assets:AUDIO: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zZY_8QqCxUsAfBIEuq4VcnSRA6OkCgMJ
9/19/202359 minutes, 38 seconds
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31: “Igniting Global Unity in Wildfire Response” Guest: Mike McCulley, BC Wildfire Service (Part 2)

In our second conversation with Mike McCulley, we dive into his experience at the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit. Mike is a Research and Innovation Senior Officer at BC Wildfire Service and has worked for the BC Ministry of Forests for 28 years. He’s currently leading the BC Wildfire Service Research and Innovation program. This episode explores Mike’s takeaways from the conference—the people he spoke to, the lessons he learned, and a deeper understanding of his background and why he loves this line of work. For Mike, it all comes down to people and establishing relationships so that we can continue to tackle wildfires around the globe. This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit.Links:To learn more about FireSmart BC visit firesmartbc.caLearn more about the Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit: https://firesmartbc.ca/wildfire-resiliency-and-training-summit/To explore the BC Wildfire Service website, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status Watch FireSmart BC Videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbcFinal Podcast Assets:AUDIO: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ol1-kXeCP5H2VU6yLamd_1A15qrUcs-y
9/7/202331 minutes, 52 seconds
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30: “Connecting Data and People in Wildfire Resiliency” Guest: Mike McCulley, BC Wildfire Service (Part 1)

Mike McCulley is a Research and Innovation Senior Officer at BC Wildfire Service. In today’s episode, we begin the first of two parts and dive into Mike’s career on the front lines of wildfires. Mike specializes in working with both data and people—which are two things your average person doesn’t often think about when considering a wildfire. He shares stories of impact that stood out to him during his career, significant lessons learned, and the importance of FireSmart and wildfire resiliency. Mike has worked for the BC Ministry of Forests for 28 years and is currently leading the BC Wildfire Service Research and Innovation program. Links:To learn more about FireSmart BC visit firesmartbc.caTo explore the BC Wildfire Service website, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status Watch FireSmart BC Videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
8/29/202342 minutes, 51 seconds
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29: “Partners in Progress” Guest: Fire Chief Brian Hutchinson, District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

This episode features Brian Hutchinson, Fire Chief for the District of North Vancouver. In our conversation with Chief Hutchinson, we speak about his personal background, his passion for wildfire and his focus on training and developing his team and community to become more resilient to wildfire. This episode also highlights his involvement as the host fire department of the 2023 Summit and he touches on how the conference came to be, the planning it took to bring it to life over the past two years as well as the focus on the main theme - Partners in Progress. This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit.Links:To learn more about FireSmart BC visit firesmartbc.caLearn more about the Wildfire Resiliency and Training Summit: https://firesmartbc.ca/wildfire-resiliency-and-training-summit/Watch FireSmart BC Videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbc
7/31/202338 minutes, 36 seconds
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28: “Women in Wildfire Resiliency” Guests: Brittany Seibert & Deanne Suddaby, 2023 Lynn Orstad Award Recipients

This special episode features Deanne Suddaby and Brittany Seibert, both proud recipients of the 2023 Lynn Orstad Award. In our conversation today, we speak with Deanne and Brittany about their professional background, their personal passion for wildfire,  and their experience building their careers focused on wildfire resiliency. Brittany Seibert is currently the Emergency Program Coordinator for the City of Penticton as well as working with the BC Wildfire Service as a Structure Protection Specialist. Brittany was grateful to be recognized for her impactful work through the Lynn Orstad Award. She is also deeply honoured to be recognized in memory of someone who was such a positive influence on everyone who worked with her. Deanne Suddaby is currently the FireSmart Program Advisor for FireSmart BC and FireSmart Alberta. She had the opportunity to work directly with Lynn Orstad in the past and is humbled to have been nominated and chosen for the award. Deanne is thankful that Lynn’s incredible legacy lives on through this award.Links:Learn more about the Lynn Orstad Award: https://firesmartbc.ca/lynnorstadaward/To learn more about the FireSmart BC program visit firesmartbc.caTo learn more about FireSmart Canada visit: https://firesmartcanada.ca/Watch FireSmart BC Videos: https://vimeo.com/firesmartbcKeep your eye out in Winter of 2023 for the 2024 Lynn Orstad Nominations to open! 
7/21/202340 minutes, 24 seconds
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27: “Insights on Wildfire Behaviour and Activity” Guest: Dr. Mike Flannigan, Thompson Rivers University

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Mike Flannigan from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. As an award-winning researcher and leading expert on wildfire behaviour and landscape fire modelling, his research goals include developing methods to help predict when and where extreme fire weather may arise and exploring the development of early warning wildfire notification systems. His passion for fire and weather has led him to work directly with the BC Wildfire Service to help predict wildfire activity and behaviour and assist them in preparing for and responding to wildfires in the province.In our conversation with Mike, we lean into his research and extensive time spent studying wildfire as he shares his past experience learning how fire moves, how it consumes fuel and the insights that are constantly changing. Links:Follow Dr. Flannigan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikeflanniganLearn more about his research at: https://www.mikeflannigan.com/To learn more about the FireSmart BC program and other partnerships across the province, visit firesmartbc.ca
6/22/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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26: “The Future of Fire” Guest: Robert Atwood, Hummingbird Drones & Fire AI

As an entrepreneur and former firefighter, Robert has spent his career building tools and solutions to increase access to information by firefighters, fire managers and decision-makers. He is passionate about the way new technologies can better inform decision-making, safety and public expenditure. Also, fire. He loves fire.In this episode, Robert discusses the impact that technology can have on fire and how it can assist in fighting wildfire including remotely piloted aircraft systems and wildfire intelligence fire drone mapping.  He also shares stories from his background in firefighting and how it led him to kickstart his own company. This is a great episode for anyone interested in the intersection of wildfire and technology and the future of fire. Links:For more information about Hummingbird Drones, visit https://www.hummingbirddrones.ca/:For more information about Fire AI, visit https://www.fireai.io/:To learn more about the FireSmart BC program and other partnerships across the province, visit firesmartbc.ca
6/9/202350 minutes, 50 seconds
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25: “A Career on Fire” Guest: Mike Morrow BC Wildfire Service

Mike Morrow is a Wildfire Prevention Officer who has worked with the BC Wildfire Service for over four decades. Since his first role as an auxiliary silviculture tech, his career has taken him across the province, including Nakusp, Port McNeill, Vanderhoof and Cranbrook.In this episode, Mike shares stories from working on the front lines and reflects on his vast experience in the wildfire landscape, including some unique projects he has participated in. He also shares his outlook on how the industry has changed over the years and the importance of adopting FireSmart principles to live in a world with wildfire.Links:*Note: the Guardians of the Grasslands project was misquoted during this episode. Mike meant to refer to the Too Close to Home video, which explains the cattle grazing project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-An1z8XMxsFor more information about Cultural Burning and Prescribed Fire, visit prescribedfire.caTo learn more about the FireSmart BC program and other partnerships across the province, visit firesmartbc.ca
4/5/202350 minutes, 31 seconds
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24: “Reigniting Cultural Burning Through Painting” Guests: Peter Holub & Sarah Sigurdson

In this episode, we interview two guests; Peter Holub, Wildfire Prevention Officer with BC Wildfire Service, and Sarah Sigurdson, co-owner of Cariboo Art Beat, a Williams Lake art collective and studio.  This discussion highlights how BC’s history of fire suppression has led to a loss of Indigenous culture and an increased risk of wildfires. Because of this, younger Indigenous generations did not grow up with fire and were disconnected from this generational practice, relying on elders to learn about good fire and its ability to clean and manage the land.Peter and Sarah discuss how they developed art-based workshops in the Cariboo focused on cultural burning to support Indigenous fire stewardship and reinvigorate the teaching of fire knowledge, beliefs, and values.They share about the two First Nation communities who participated in the workshops (Williams Lake First Nation and the Yunesit’in First Nation), including what the feedback was from participants, and if they plan to facilitate more workshops in the future. This is a great episode to learn more about cultural burning, Indigenous fire stewardship and traditional knowledge, and the importance of recognizing the history of Indigenous peoples. Links:Learn more about their initiative: https://prescribedfire.ca/reigniting-cultural-burning-through-painting/Cariboo Art Beat: https://caribooartbeat.square.site/Related Article: https://www.hopestandard.com/community/cariboo-art-beat-workshops-combine-fire-and-art/For more information about Prescribed Fire and Cultural Burning visit https://prescribedfire.ca/Visit https://firesmartbc.ca/ to learn more about the program and other partnerships across the province
2/28/202348 minutes, 52 seconds
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23: “Reigniting Indigenous Cultural Burning: A FNESS Feature” Guest: Dave Pascal

In this episode, we interview Dave Pascal, a Cultural & Prescribed Fire Specialist with the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS). Dave discusses the importance of cultural and prescribed fire in British Columbia and the work he's doing to revitalize these practices with First Nations. This is a great episode to learn more about the meaning and difference between cultural and prescribed fire, as well as the many ways FNESS is working to assist Nations with funding, burn site identification, and resource management.Links:Connect with Dave and the FNESS team at https://www.fness.bc.ca/For more information about Prescribed Fire and Cultural Burning visit https://prescribedfire.ca/Visit https://firesmartbc.ca/ to learn more about the program and other partnerships across the province
1/11/202340 minutes, 20 seconds
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22: “A Community Focused Approach to Forests and Wildfire” Guest: Jennifer Gunter, British Columbia Community Forest Association

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Jennifer Gunter, the Executive Director of the British Columbia Community Forest Association (BCCFA). In our conversation with Jennifer, we dive into what a Community Forest is, how the association came to be and the role they play in forest land management in communities all across the province. This is a great episode to learn more about Community Forests, the role of collaboration, and the role that FireSmart plays in our communities and in our ecosystems.This episode was recorded live at the FireSmart BC conference in Kamloops, BC.Links:Learn more about the BC Community Forest Association at https://bccfa.ca/18 Indicators of Benefits Report: https://bccfa.ca/indicators-report/Learn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/Listen to the Podcast Episode about the Harrop Proctor Community Forest with Erik Leslie
11/23/202237 minutes, 39 seconds
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21: “Managing Fire on the Landscape in Banff National Park” Guest: David Tavernini, Parks Canada

In this episode we are joined by David Tavernini, Fire Management Officer for Parks Canada in the Banff Field Unit.This episode allows listeners to learn from an expert who works in one of the most beautiful areas in all of Canada. We discuss how fires broaden the landscape, and also the different practices and tools that are used through FireSmart principles, including the use of Prescribed Fire. This episode was recorded at the FireSmart BC Conference, which took place in May of 2022 in Kamloops, British Columbia.Links:Learn more about Parks Canada Fire Management in Banff: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/nature/conservation/feu-fire/restorationFollow Banff National Park on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BanffNPFollow Banff NP on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BanffNPLearn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/
10/6/202231 minutes, 27 seconds
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20: “The Importance of Communications in Wildfire Preparedness” Guest: Forrest Tower

In this episode we speak with Forrest Tower, Communication and Engagement Specialist and Fire Information Officer with the BC Wildfire Service. In our conversation with Forrest, we discuss the behind-the-scenes of the BC Wildfire Service, including the processes, systems and tools that the organization uses to communicate with the public regarding the threat of wildfire. This is a great episode to learn about the different tips, tricks, and responsibilities that everyone has in preparing your home and community to become FireSmart.Links:Learn more about BC Wildfire Service: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-statusLearn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/Wildfires of Note Webpage: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.aspDownload the BC Wildfire Service mobile app on Apple or AndroidFollow the latest wildfire news:on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfoon Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo
8/26/202246 minutes, 2 seconds
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19: "The Impact of FireSmart on the Forest Ecosystem" Guest: Erik Leslie

Today we are speaking with Erik Leslie, a forestry consultant based out of Nelson, British Columbia. In our conversation, we unpack Erik’s presentation from the FireSmart BC Conference, where he speaks about the value of community forests and the forest ecosystem. This episode, with an expert who has built his career in forestry, looks at both the risks and realities of fire and covers the value of collaboration and innovation as well as discusses how forest types and FireSmart principles can really make a difference. Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/To learn more about the Harrop Procter Community Co-Op visit: https://hpcommunityforest.org/
8/11/202232 minutes, 27 seconds
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18: "Incident Investigations & the Importance of FireSmart" Guest: Jack Blair

Today, we are speaking with Jack Blair from the Office of the Fire Commissioner. In our interesting conversation with Jack, we discuss his personal background, his history in fire and wildfire, and his lessons learned from evaluating and investigating multiple fire events throughout the Province and Western Canada. Jack also shares about the role that FireSmart plays in protecting homes and communities. This is a great episode to learn more about fire investigation, how fire moves, as well as the impacts and influence of FireSmart principles.Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/Homeowners Manual: https://homeowners-manual.firesmartbc.ca/Office of the Fire Commissioner Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/fire-safety
7/5/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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17: "The Technical Details of Fire" Guest: Jack Cohen

Today on the show we speak with Dr. Jack Cohen, a Research Physical Scientist and one of the most renowned and experienced voices on the FireSmart program. We chat with Jack regarding his experience with fire, what he’s learned, and what we can learn by looking at past fires. This episode also covers how homeowners can be prepared, and the importance of FireSmart education and engagement.Dr. Jack Cohen has been involved in wildland fire research since 1972 and was a research scientist at US Forest Service fire laboratories in Missoula, MT, Riverside, CA and Macon, GA. Dr. Cohen has been interested in understanding the wildland-urban (WU) fire problem since the 1970s, but he formally started his research on how structures ignite during wildfires in 1989. Using computational modelling, laboratory and field experiments, and WU fire disaster investigations, he found that a home and its immediate surroundings within 100 feet, called the home ignition zone (HIZ), principally determine home ignitions during extreme wildfires. Dr. Cohen retired from the US Forest Service in 2016 but continues his involvement in developing effective methods for preventing WU fire disasters, including research on the recent Lytton events.Links:Homeowners Manual: https://homeowners-manual.firesmartbc.ca/Learn more about the Home Ignition Zone by watching this video: https://firesmartbc.ca/resource/firesmart-home-ignition-zone-assessment/Explore the report and other resources on Lytton: https://firesmartbc.ca/lyttonThank you to the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction for sponsoring this recent research on WU Fires. Please see their website at https://www.iclr.org/ for recent reports including Lytton. Learn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/
6/16/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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16: "Learn about the Importance of the Home Ignition Zone from a FireSmart Expert" Guest: Alan Westhaver

In today’s episode, we have a special guest, Alan Westhaver. In this conversation, Alan discusses his history with FireSmart, his vast Wildland Urban Fire experience, as well as some of the interesting progress he’s seen over the years within the industry. The podcast episode dives specifically into the home ignition zone, as well as the recent report he was instrumental in bringing to life: An Examination of the Lytton, BC wildland-urban fire destruction. Alan shares what he and his team learned, what recommendations they have and some of the insights they gathered throughout their research and investigation process.This podcast was recorded live at the FireSmart BC Conference on May 12th in Kamloops, British Columbia.Links:Explore the report and other resources on Lytton: https://firesmartbc.ca/lyttonThank you to the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction for sponsoring this recent research on WU Fires. Please see their website at https://www.iclr.org/ for recent reports including Lytton. Learn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/Homeowners Manual: https://homeowners-manual.firesmartbc.ca/Learn more about the Home Ignition Zone by watching this video: https://firesmartbc.ca/resource/firesmart-home-ignition-zone-assessment/
5/30/202248 minutes, 29 seconds
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15: “Preparation, Prevention, and Emergency” Guest: Darren Wilkinson

In this episode of the podcast, we focus on the theme of preparedness. During the conversation, Darren Wilkinson, Senior Wildfire Officer of Operations, shares his personal experience with wildfire, the importance of preparation, as well as the value and effect that FireSmart principles can have on responding to wildfires.Darren has been in the wildfire industry for years, and he has vast experience in leading teams and managing high-risk situations. His role includes preparation for the wildfire season and during the season, Darren works closely with Incident Management Teams, as well as the four fire zones, and assists them in being prepared and responding to wildfires.Links:Learn more about FireSmart BC: https://firesmartbc.ca/Homeowners Manual: https://homeowners-manual.firesmartbc.ca/Learn more about the BC Wildfire Service: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
5/13/20221 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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14: “Learn about FireSmart Plants and Process” Guest: Karla Hoffman

With the launch of the FireSmart BC Landscaping program this week, we also have the exciting launch of another plant-focused episode on the podcast! In this episode, we speak with Karla Hoffman, Resident FireSmart Landscaping Expert. In our conversation with Karla, we discuss all of the different landscaping resources including the FireSmart BC Plant Program and the Plant Tool. We cover what it is, how it came to be and how everyone all across British Columbia can utilize this program. This is a great episode for everyone to learn about the importance of preparing your home with the right landscaping decisions and vegetation tools!Karla Hoffman originally worked on the FireSmart Canada Guide to Landscaping and has designed, installed, and maintained landscapes — from small residential sites to commercial, university, and municipal grounds. For more than a decade Hoffman led a public education campaign about plant health, integrated pest management, and how to conserve landscape water in a semi-arid climate. During this time, Hoffman was tasked with taking two seemingly opposing objectives and making them compatible with each other, namely, xeriscaping and being FireSmart.Links:Learn more about FireSmart Landscaping:https://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hubPlant Tool: https://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hub/fire-resistant-plants/https://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hub/plant-program/Connect with Karla in our Ask the Expert Section here: https://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hub/landscaping-tips/
4/21/202252 minutes, 41 seconds
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13: "A FireSmart Garden: Learn From the Best" Guest: Brian Minter

We have a special episode this week featuring Brian Minter from Minter Country Garden! On the show, we chat with Brian about his history in gardening and his passion for people all across BC. He also shares about the importance of gardening, as it relates to FireSmart and how homeowners can make smart decisions around their garden, and vegetation landscape. This is a great episode to learn from one of Canada’s most experienced gardeners about how to protect your home and protect your province. A recipient of the ‘Order of Canada’, the ‘Order of British Columbia’ and an ‘Honorary Doctorate of Technology’, Brian Minter, B.A., is a horticulturist, entrepreneur and co-owner with his wife, Faye, of Minter Country Garden, an innovative destination garden center and greenhouse growing operation in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.  You may know Brian from his magazine and syndicated newspaper columns and TV and radio programs.Links:Learn more about FireSmart Landscaping:https://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hubhttps://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hub/landscaping-tips/https://firesmartbc.ca/plant-program/Learn more about Brian Minter & Minter Country Garden:https://mintergardening.com/about/brian-minter/
3/30/202251 minutes, 23 seconds
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12: "What is Cultural Burning & Prescribed Fire" Guest: Tony Pesklevits

Today on The GetFireSmart Podcast we have a special and important episode, speaking with Tony Pesklevits from the BC Wildfire Service. In our conversation, we discuss the topics of Cultural Burning and Prescribed Fire. Throughout the show, we cover how fire can be used as a tool, the different benefits it can bring to a landscape, as well as its role in community protection. We also chat with Tony about the history of Cultural Burning and Prescribed Fire, how it is implemented, why it is used, and what makes it important to our province.For more information, visit firesmartbc.ca/prescribedfireTo hear more from Tony Pesklevits, join us at this year's FireSmart Conference! Visit https://firesmartbc.ca/2022-firesmart-conference/ to register.To learn more about the events in Logan Lake listen to our episode hereDocuments and resources:4 Pillars of Emergency Management About BCWSCultural Burning & Prescribed FireHistory of FireBenefits of FireProcess of Prescribed Fire
3/23/202251 minutes, 52 seconds
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11: "FireSmart BC Celebrating Success: The FireSmart Coordinator" Guest: Brittany Seibert

In this episode, we speak with Brittany Seibert, the FireSmart Coordinator for the City of Penticton. On the show, we chat with Brittany about her role as she explains the responsibilities of a FireSmart coordinator and how she works to mitigate wildfire damage in one of British Columbia’s highest risk areas. It’s a great episode to learn more about the FireSmart BC Program, Neighbourhood Champions as well as the importance of preparation and proactive work to increase wildfire resiliency.Learn about the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program (FCNRP): https://firesmartbc.ca/firesmart-canada-neighbourhood-recognition-program-fcnrp/Wondering how you can take steps to FireSmart your own home? Check out https://homeowners-manual.firesmartbc.ca/Link to Larry’s Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/06-the-speed-risk-of-wildfire-and-how-to-prepare/id1562371977?i=1000528983008View the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide: https://firesmartbc.ca/resource/landscaping-guide/To learn more about Brittany’s work with the City of Penticton, read the following articles:https://www.penticton.ca/city-hall/news-alerts/city-welcomes-new-fire-smart-coordinator-lead-programhttps://globalnews.ca/news/7994879/penticton-firesmart-program-community-bc-wildfire-season/To get in touch with Brittany, you can email her at [email protected] learn more about The Get FireSmart Podcast, visit https://firesmartbc.ca/the-get-firesmart-podcast/
2/25/202239 minutes, 42 seconds
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10: "Partner Spotlight: FESBC & BC FireSmart Committee" Guest: Gord Pratt

Today on the show we speak with Gord Pratt, Operations Manager for the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC). In our episode we discuss Gord’s background, we chat about what is FESBC as an organization, and we also dive into FireSmart and the FireSmart BC Committee. This is a great podcast to learn from a professional forester, a wildfire fighter, and someone that is deeply passionate about FireSmart. Our conversation with Gord really dives into all aspects of the FireSmart Program and is a great example of how the program is moving BC forward to be a more resilient province to wildfire.To learn more about the Forest Enhancement Society of BC visit: https://www.fesbc.ca/about-the-fesbc/To learn more about the BC FireSmart Committee visit: https://firesmartbc.ca/who-we-are/
1/28/202252 minutes, 34 seconds
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09: “Introducing the Home Partners Program” Guest: Joel Hamilton

On the Show today we provide an overview on the Home Partners Program. What it is, who it is for, the benefits and how the program works. We speak with Joel Hamilton on his background and get into detail about the key “need-to-knows” about HPP as well as covering some important Q&A topics. This is a great episode to learn more from an experienced Wildfire Mitigation Specialist about an important program that helps protect from the threat of wildfire.
10/21/202152 minutes, 58 seconds
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08: "Logan Lake. A FireSmart Case Study" w/Doug Wilson (Logan Lake Fire Chief)

On this episode we dive into the story of Logan Lake and their experience with fire this summer. We chat with Doug Wilson (Logan Lake Fire Chief) to share the behind-the-scenes of how FireSmart worked to help save a community.
9/10/202139 minutes, 3 seconds
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07: "The Importance Of Being Educated And Prepared For Wildfire" Guest: Jennifer Rice

Today on the GetFireSmart Podcast we speak with Jennifer Rice, the Parliamentary Secretary of Emergency Preparedness for BC. On the show we discuss the current state of British Columbia and the importance for everyone to be engaged, prepared and educated on the threat of wildfire. 2021 has started off as a record year in reference to dry conditions and active fires and we discuss what people can do to get prepared and take action. We discuss with Parliamentary Secretary Rice the threat of wildfire as a true reality in British Columbia. We discuss why it is important to be educated on the risks and what people can do to be prepared and take action to protect their home and community. We discuss the role that FireSmart can play in getting people and homes prepared and the importance of starting today, and not waiting until it is too late. This is a great episode to learn from an expert on preparedness.
7/27/202123 minutes, 1 second
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06: "The Speed & Risk of Wildfire and How to Prepare" Guest: Larry Watkinson

There is no time to get complacent. Fire moves fast and there are key action items homeowners and communities can take to be proactive. We dig into Larry’s deep experience and some of the lessons he has learned and seen. We briefly discuss the Christie Mountain Fire and how even though 2019 and 2020 were considered slower seasons it can change quickly and preparation is everything.
7/15/202145 minutes, 47 seconds
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02: "What Is FireSmart?" Guest: Kelly Johnston (FireSmart Canada)

On this episode, we speak with Kelly Johnston from FireSmart Canada to learn what FireSmart really is. Kelly helps us unpack the terminology, process, and science behind FireSmart. We discuss the importance of FireSmart and some of the things that all homeowners should consider when evaluating their property for the risk of wildfire. We dig into the science and history of fire and learn about Kelly’s unique career. This is a great episode to learn the details behind the FireSmart Program for anyone looking to take action. Dig in and learn from an expert on FireSmart.
4/9/202137 minutes, 30 seconds
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03: "Defending A FireSmart Home From Wildfire" Guest: Rob Dombowsky

On this episode, we speak with Rob Dombowsky from the BC Wildfire Service regarding the fire in Squamish in 2020. Rob was the wildfire management lead and guided the response team in their effort to save some of the structures and homes threatened by the wildfire. Rob shares powerful stories and examples regarding the impact of FireSmart on saving several properties on the frontlines. Rob provides insights into what he looks for as a wildfire leader regarding what structures have the ability to be saved and ones that most likely cannot. This is a great episode to learn the powerful impact of FireSmart on protecting your home and neighborhood and hearing the real-life stories from the frontline of a fast-paced wildfire.
4/9/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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05: "How Does Fire Think And Act?" Guest: Dana Hicks (BCWS)

On this episode, we speak with Dana Hicks from the BC Wildfire Service regarding how to understand, forecast, plan and prepare for the threat of wildfire. As a Wildfire Prevention Specialist in Prince George, it is Dana’s job to try and predict what fire is going to do and where it is going to go. We take the time to discuss with Dana about his history and experience with fire. We discuss how the BC Wildfire Service prepares for a fire season and how Incident Management Teams work. Dana shares details and background regarding what is the “Fire Danger Rating” and how fuel and weather greatly impact fire behavior. This is a great episode to learn more about how fire thinks and behaves, as well as the importance of FireSmart activities.
4/9/20211 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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01: "A Fire That Changed A Community" Guest: Bryan Reid (Timber Kings)

On this episode, we speak with Bryan Reid from Timber Kings to learn about the devastating fires from 2017 in Williams Lake, British Columbia. We speak with Bryan about the impact the fire had on his business and his community. We learn how fast fire can move and the devastating effect that it can have on anything it touches. We learn from Bryan firsthand regarding how the fire moved quickly and the importance of having your home prepared in advance before you hear about the risk. An important episode from a powerful story. 
4/9/202133 minutes, 17 seconds
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04: "How Does FireSmart Work And What You Can Do" Guest: Amanda Reynolds (FireSmart BC)

On this episode, we speak with Amanda from FireSmart BC regarding what FireSmart is and how it works. We chat with Amanda about her career journey and what drew her to FireSmart and the impact it has on communities across British Columbia. In our conversation Amanda shares details behind the FireSmart Neighborhood Recognition Program and the 7 steps to becoming a FCNRP. This is a great episode that dives into a variety of FireSmart topics and helps our listeners learn how to get involved in FireSmart and why it is important for everyone to take responsibility. In our conversation, we discuss some practical tips to start with FireSmart and how small steps can make a big difference over time. 
4/9/202155 minutes, 34 seconds