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RMWB Receives National Recognition For FireSmart Work

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

The RMWB is being recognized for its work to reduce the risk of wildfires in our region.

Mayor Don Scott was presented with the FireSmart Canada Community Protection Achievement Award on Wednesday – joining the ranks of two other FireSmart-recognized communities in Alberta, Banff and Whitecourt.

Since the Horse River wildfire, the RMWB has treated 117 hectares of land with FireSmart prescriptions – with another 200 hectares scheduled to be treated this winter as part of its Wildfire Mitigation Strategy. Several new programs and campaigns have also been launched since 2016 to help residents implement various FireSmart initiatives.

“We’ve taken significant steps to developing our FireSmart program within the region and making FireSmart a fabric of our community and we’re pleased to be recognized for these efforts,” said Fire Chief Jody Butz, in a release.

“Preparing for the threat of wildfire is an on-going initiative in our region, and we’re determined to take all steps necessary to mitigating that risk and keeping our communities safe.”

The recognition comes as the RMWB is hosting 300 delegates from across North America this week for the 2018 FireSmart Community Series.

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