District of North Vancouver is applying for a provincial grant to create positions for four new rangers and one FireSmart Coordinator for the upcoming fire season.
Through the FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund, DNV parks department would hire four FireSmart Rangers to support wildfire resiliency.
DNV fire department will also provide professional development and high-level oversight and coordination for the FireSmart rangers.
The positions are expected to cost $125,000.
District of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services said it was committed to reducing the risk and impact of wildfire in the community through better planning and response abilities.
The FireSmart Rangers would boost the planned outreach into residential areas and offer more FireSmart events in the community.
The FireSmart Coordinator position for May to September will manage new rangers and support their professional development and coordinate FireSmart events and activities.
The FireSmart Rangers will spend their time delivering FireSmart messaging to the 7,200 homes located in the DNV Wildfire Development Permit Area, and plan and participate in community outreach and education events.
They will also help complete Community FireSmart Assessments for properties in the Wildfire DPA and help in community clean-up days and fuel treatment and mitigation efforts.
The application also asks for use of the funding to buy FireSmart supplies and equipment, such as lepers, rakes, bins, etc.
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