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Some homeowners will get help from Kamloops Fire Rescue on reducing wildfire threat

Kirsten Wourms, with the City of Kamloops' natural resources department (left) and Assistant Fire Chief Dan Sutherland (right) got the approval from city council to apply for $265,000 in grant funding on Dec. 11, 2018. There they announced a pilot program aimed at helping Kamloops residents improve fire safety on their properties.
December 12, 2018 - 1:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Some Kamloops residents may get a knock on their door from Kamloops Fire Rescue this spring offering fire safety assessments on private properties.

While asking for the city's approval of a grant application of $265,000 at Kamloops Council yesterday, Dec. 11, the fire department and City of Kamloops Natural Resource lead Kirsten Wourms also said the pilot project is expected to kick off in April 2019.

"If KFR knocks on your door and you see a door hanger, you are in an identified area," Assistant Chief Dan Sutherland said. "And you will be asked with that handout, or seeing us face-to-face, to contact us if you are interested... You pick up the phone, you call into KFR we will offer an expert to come to your property, walk your property with you, and identify and help you make a strategy for your property."

"This is a pilot project because we want to bring it city-wide but we don't know what the demand is going to be," Wourms says.

They expect to start in April while there is still snow on the ground because they want to be finished before June when fire season starts. 

Though the officials did not specifically say which neighbourhoods would be first to try the assessment, they mentioned Westsyde and Pineview as areas where they plan to do fuel mitigation treatments.

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