Apply for the FireSmart Rebate ProgramNews Article
Homeowners living within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) can apply for the FireSmart Rebate of up to $1,000 to conduct work on their property. The funds can go toward the cost of cutting down a tree, upgrading siding or time spent working on the property. The FireSmart Rebate is available to a limited number of homeowners within each electoral area on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the FireSmart Rebate Program
- Step 1: Complete a quick FireSmart 101 online course and save your certificate.
- Step 2: Take actions on your property, with before and after photos to show your progress.
- Step 3: Apply for your rebate. This may be used to cover your own labour time, hired contractors or expenses for materials.
Visit firesmart.rdos.bc.ca/rebate-information/ for more information and to start the application process.
About the Home Hazard Assessments
A Home Hazard Assessment is a detailed review of your property by a certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (WMS). A WMS will visit your property to assess and identify specific risks and concerns that may impact your home in the event of a wildfire. A free detailed report will be provided to help you alleviate some of these risks and better withstand the hazards of wildfire.
Video tour of a Certified FireSmart property
On June 15th, 2023, the RDOS FireSmart team, along with a member of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department visited the only certified FireSmart home in the RDOS. You can watch the video on the RDOS YouTube channel: Certified FireSmart Property Tour | Anarchist Mountain | Rural Osoyoos
Upcoming FireSmart Events in the RDOS
Kaleden FireSmart Roving Wood Chipping Event – Saturday, October 28, 2023.
Sign up for emergency alerts and routine notifications
The RDOS has partnered with Voyent Alert! to provide routine notifications and emergency alerts throughout the region. Sign up at register.voyent-alert.com to receive email, text or phone notifications, or download the Voyent Alert! app through the App Store or Google Play. Once you've registered, you are automatically signed up for emergency notifications.
Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
RDOS FireSmart Coordinator