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Regional Emergency Services offer free FireSmart assessments to homeowners


(Fort McMurray, AB – June 6, 2019) – Starting this week, Regional Emergency Services (RES) will be offering free FireSmart assessments to homeowners in the region, through the FireSmart Home Partners Program.

These FireSmart assessments will help homeowners identify wildfire hazards that might exist around their home and property. Assessments will take approximately 20 minutes to conduct and once complete, homeowners will receive a detailed report with property-specific recommendations on how to reduce their hazards.

“The FireSmart assessments are a great tool to help us work with homeowners to identify wildfire hazards that might exist in their own backyards,” said Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief. “It is our goal to provide a service that encourages residents to get informed, reduce their hazards where possible and pitch in to help create a more safe and resilient community.”

Through this program, RES personnel will assess the exterior of the home and the surrounding property for homeowners who request an assessment. They will not perform inspections inside of the home.

Homeowners can sign up for a free FireSmart assessment online at rmwb.ca/FireSmartAssessment.

RES personnel will also be out in neighbourhoods across the Urban Service Area offering on-demand assessments door-to-door. RES personnel will be dressed in uniform and will be carrying their Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo identification cards.

All homeowners who have a FireSmart assessment completed before August 15, 2019 will be entered to win a 60-volt lithium-powered cordless lawnmower.

For more information, please contact PULSE at 780-743-7000.


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