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Vernon Fire Rescue Services introduce FireSmart program coordinator

September 29, 2021 
By FFIC Staff

Sept. 28, 2021, Vernon, B.C. – Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) is pleased to introduce Vernon’s first FireSmart program coordinator. Alan Hofsink joins VFRS with more than 20 years’ experience in emergency services. He will be focused on community outreach and education programming.

“We have been sharing and implementing FireSmart principles in Vernon for a number of years, particularly throughout the wildland urban interface,” said Fire Chief David Lind.

“A lot of great work has taken place at a broad community level. Having Alan join the team will help us focus more efforts on individual neighbourhoods and more directly empower homeowners to take steps to FireSmart their own properties to reduce the risk of impacts from fire.”

Through the expansion of FireSmart program efforts, Vernon residents will be able to learn more about:

  • The FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program
  • Home Partners Program
  • City-wide FireSmart programs
  • The importance of public safety through utilizing FireSmart principles

“Although we are now into autumn and the fire risk has been reduced, we saw so much evidence this summer about the importance of preparing ourselves, our homes and our community to face an emergency,” said Hofsink. “Actions can be taken throughout the year to FireSmart your property, including during fall yard cleanup. I’m looking forward to working with residents to talk about the easy and practical ways they can increase safety at home.”


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