The Co-operators has announced that it has provided funding for several projects set this Saturday in time for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (WCPD).
Tomorrow, community groups across the country will be taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of wildfire and other similar hazards, commemorating the third year of the annual event.
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WCPD is the brainchild of Partners in Protection Association/FireSmart Canada, in collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). The Co-operators has provided the organizers with funding for 20 wildfire mitigation projects across the country.
On top of The Co-operators’ contribution, the provincial governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and the Northwest Territories have also provided funding for an additional 14 projects.
The projects will involve activities such as clearing leaves and other combustible debris from around properties, working with neighbors to hire a chipper service, and disseminating wildfire safety information.
“It is encouraging to see people across the country getting together to make their homes and communities safer,” said FireSmart Canada executive director Kelly Johnston.
“Managing wildfire risk is a shared responsibility. Government policy-makers, planners and developers all play important roles, but today the spotlight is on individual property owners and communities. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects show that simple things like clearing brush and moving combustible material away from your home can make a real difference in protecting your loved ones and property.”
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