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WILDFIRES
As nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are caused by human carelessness, TIABC has developed a PSA that can be utilized by our tourism industry to remind our residents and our visitors of the importance of fire safety in the summer. The tourism industry in BC is reliant on keeping our visitors, our natural environment, our businesses and ourselves safe.

TIABC encourages you to print the PSA and post it in prominent places at your tourism business.

Let’s protect our industry because #BCTourismMatters

Download the Public Service Announcement: Wildfire PSA

During times of stress and uncertainty, it is important to share information from official sources only. There are a variety of resources available to help you prepare for emergencies, gather up-to-date information and help visitors plan their travel.
Click here to view the  Emergency Resources for BC’s Tourism Industry developed by Destination British Columbia.
In May 2017, a committee was initiated by the BC Wildfire Service to facilitate greater direction and integration of the seven FireSmart ® disciplines across the province of British Columbia based on the FireSmart Canada model. The BCFSC members consist of the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC (FCABC), Emergency Management BC (EMBC), Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) and First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC (FNESS).

FireSmart BC Key Messages (firesmartbc.ca)

      • Mitigating wildfire risk is a shared responsibility. Communities whose residents take collective steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire
      • FireSmart® BC is urging all BC communities to work towards the goal of becoming a FireSmart Recognized Community.
      • FireSmart BC’s new website, firesmartbc.ca, is a centralized resource dedicated solely to wildfire prevention through FireSmart, for property owners and communities in BC.
      • British Columbians can play a critical role in mitigating wildfire risks around their homes and properties by undertaking FireSmart initiatives. Homeowners who diligently implement the recommended FireSmart guidelines greatly increase the probability that their homes will survive a wildfire event.
      • FireSmart is the Canadian standard recognized by all provinces and territories. It is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that have evolved over the last 40 years.
      • FireSmart is backed by a vast amount of field, laboratory and modeling research. Its methods have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of losses, under even the most extreme fire conditions.

There are Seven FireSmart Disciplines: These disciplines make up the framework for how FireSmart works on the home, community and provincial level.

Education – Raising awareness of wildfire risks and teaching about prevention and mitigation.
Emergency Planning – Encouraging emergency planning by combining local knowledge with expertise in wildfire management.
Interagency Cooperation – Promoting collaboration between agencies and across different levels of government to better support wildfire preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery.
Cross Training – Participating in cross-training opportunities like training with fire departments to improve capabilities in the Wildland Urban Interface.
Fuels Management – Managing fuels on the landscape by using the best available science.
Legislation and Planning – Development of policy and legislation related to: forestry management practices; integrated land use planning; compliance and enforcement programs; and legal orders.
Development Considerations – Using effective local government and land use planning that supports community wildfire resiliency and infrastructure survivability.

 

 

FOUR STEPS TO ENJOYING BRITISH COLUMBIA
TIABC has developed a PSA that can be utilized by our tourism industry to remind our residents and our visitors of the importance of four simple steps for enjoying our beautiful province:

  1. Keep the ‘Wild’ in Wildlife www.bearsmart.com
  2. Pack it in, Pack it out www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/notrace
  3. Be Prepared – Have a Plan www.adventuresmart.ca
  4. Prevent Wildfires www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/wildfire-prevention

TIABC encourages you to print the PSA and post it in prominent places at your tourism business.

Let’s protect our industry because #BCTourismMatters

Download the Four Steps to Enjoying BC Public Service Announcement: Four Steps to Enjoying BC PSA

 

 

 

For further reading on Leave No Trace Principles, check out the article below:

Leave No Trace Principles

 

 

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