Farm & Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Workshops
This page provides background information on the 2021 workshops.
Purpose of workshops
- To train individuals who can support agricultural operations with wildfire preparedness
- To familiarize trainees with the distinct/specific considerations that agricultural operators have when preparing for, and responding to, wildfire
- To facilitate an increase in one-on-one support for agricultural operations with completing and implementing their wildfire plans
- Wildland fire management agency staff
- Municipal fire department staff
- Emergency Management staff
- Rural or urban planners and managers
- Office of the Fire Commissioner/Fire Marshall agency staff
- WUI specialists (e.g. RPF’s, RFT’s, other land specialists with wildland fire responsibilities)
Participating individuals will be required to have a baseline level of knowledge and training regarding wildfire (e.g., FireSmart 101 as a prerequisite).
Content to be covered
The training workshop will focus on deepening participant understanding of specific wildfire preparedness considerations for agricultural operations outlined in the Farm & Ranch Wildfire Plan guide and workbook available at: https://www.bcagclimateaction.ca/library/wildfire-preparedness/
It is estimated that the workshop will take 4.5 to 5.5 hours with a morning session, lunch break and shorter afternoon session. The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of the key content in the guide and workbook including:
- Operational maps for planning and communicating
- Equipment lists (for response)
- Water sources (for on-farm needs, wildfire response)
- Livestock protection planning
- Employee and visitor evacuation planning (important for operations with multiple properties, foreign workers, agri-tourism)
- Risk reduction on agricultural properties (any distinct considerations supplementary/additional to typical FireSmart scenarios)
The second part of the workshop will engage participants in a more active role by presenting case studies of 2 to 3 distinct agricultural operations with specific planning considerations. Through real examples, this exercise will help to increase understanding of the types of issues faced by producers during wildfire, and how being prepared in advance can aid them in reducing risk and in being able to more effectively communicate/act during wildfire events.
Locations: TBD, 3 to 4 locations across BC.
Timing: April/May 2021
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