Robson Fire Department to host wildfire prevention events

Community education and clean up events to be held in Robson.

The Robson Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) has received a National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day award to help host a couple of community events.

The department was awarded $500 from FireSmart Canada for their entry in a contest that saw 20 communities across BC awarded funds to help mitigate the risks of wildfires in their communities.

The first event of the prevention initiative will take place at the Robson Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting where ways to reduce wildfire risk to personal property will be reviewed. The plans for the second part of the initiative — a community clean up day on May 7 — will also be explained at the meeting.

“We are hoping to create an awareness about what you can do to your own personal property, because we do border on a forest in Robson,” said Robson firefighter and event organizer Dustin LePage. “If you look at the homes that have been saved when a wildfire goes through an area, they are the ones that are fire smart. If you do a few simple things right, it can make a big difference.”

On Saturday, May 7 a group effort will be made to make two Robson properties more fire smart. The first is a property owned by an elderly man who cannot take care of the tasks by himself and the second is the area around the old Robson tennis courts. Gloves, hard hats, safety glasses and water will be provided during the event.

The event will be ongoing all day. Residents are encouraged to either come participate in the group effort, or to work on reducing risks at their own properties. Those that participate are invited to share their story on video at a celebration event to be held at the RVFD at 6 p.m. “We want to build a fire smart promo video that would then inspire other communities,” said LePage.

The wind-up will also include burgers, hot dogs and beverages for those who have participated in clean up efforts. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to participate in the group event you can attend the April 28 meeting or contact the RVFD.

Just Posted

Feds, B.C. to expand Darkwoods Conservation area

New funding allows the national land trust to add some 7,900 hectares to the Darkwoods Conservation Area

Good fencing makes good neighbours— especially when your neighbours are bears

Workshop in Pass Creek this weekend to promote benefits of proper protection for livestock

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Castlegar daycare selected for universal childcare pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Trail police release image of liquor store robber

The video surveillance image shows the robber aiming a black gun at the store’s clerk

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Children’s strawberry-flavoured medicines recalled due to faulty safety cap

Three different acetaminophen syrups part of nationwide recall

Around the BCHL: Junior A cities to host World Junior tuneup games

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

International students hit hard by B.C. tuition fee hikes

Campaign seeks regulatory controls be imposed on post-secondary institutions

Selkirk College nursing students visit Honduran migrants

Students were overwhelmed by migrants’ hope in the face of poverty and displacement

Trudeau pushes for more Saudi accountability in Khashoggi killing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is still seeking clear answers from Saudi Arabia about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi

School bullying video shows how people with disabilities are devalued: advocates

Brett Corbett, who has cerebral palsy, is seen in a video being stepped while lying in water

CFL will use extra on-field official to watch for illegal blows to quarterback

If the extra official sees an illegal blow that has not already been flagged, they will advise the head referee, who can then assess a penalty for roughing the passer

Older B.C. drivers subsidizing younger ones, study finds

ICBC protects higher-risk drivers, pays for testing costs

Most Read