For Immediate Release
April 25, 2019
Bowen Island receives grant funding to continue FireSmart program
BOWEN ISLAND - Bowen Island Municipality has received a $25,000 grant through the Community Resiliency Investment, a partnership between the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the Province of BC.
The Community Resiliency Investment program is intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC. For 2019, the program is structured to fund FireSmart activities.
FireSmart is an initiative to help property owners understand the ways that wildfire might threaten structures and property located in, and close to, forested and wildland areas, and the steps individuals and communities can take to reduce the susceptibility of buildings and property to fire.
Bowen Island Municipality will use the funds to continue its program of providing FireSmart workshops, free home assessments and rebates to residents who take steps to make their properties less vulnerable to wildfire. This could include measures related to home construction, yard and landscaping, vegetation and fuels, and access for first responders. Full details about the FireSmart program can be found on the Municipal website.
This year, Bowen Island Municipality has also been approved for $75,000 in grants through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, another funding program administered by UBCM and funded by the provincial government:
- $25,000 for Emergency Support Services
- $25,000 for Evacuation Route Planning
- $25,000 for Emergency Operations Centre
In 2018, Bowen Island Municipality received a total of $58,842 in grant funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund and the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative. Projects funded through these grants were Emergency Support Services, Emergency Operations Centre and last year’s FireSmart program.
“These grants are instrumental in expanding our capacity for emergency planning,” said Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator, “we look forward to continuing the FireSmart program over the next year.”