iving and working where we do in northern Ontario is often referred to as the wildland urban interface, and sooner or later you may have to contend with the threat of a wildfire. The best protection against loss, damage or injury due to a wildfire is prevention. But there are also things you can do to reduce the risk of loss or damage to your property in the event of a wildfire.
NOTO has joined forces with the Federation of Ontario Cottage Association, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Cuttle Lake Resort to showcase both wildfire and structural fire prevention and educational tips.
The FireSmart Model Lodge or FireSmart Resort in this case, is owned and operated by Grant Brodeur. Grant has been a NOTO member since 2008 and has been a big supporter of the MNR fire program, however he realizes that during a period of escalated fire activity, the MNR may be too busy dealing with other priorities.
"We are always concerned about fire" says Grant Brodeur, owner Cuttle Lake Resort. "We want to be our own first line of defence. We want to be able to help out and look after our own property and not necessarily have to rely on the excellent program that the MNR has."
The Office of the Fire Marshal also took the opportunity to join forces in this partnership. This initiative allows for a mechanism to reach the membership of both NOTO and FOCA and to offer tips on how to be prepared not only for a forest fire, but for how to prevent and prepare for a structural fire as well.
The FireSmart Model Resort is nearing completion. Once finalized, handout materials will be available for NOTO members as well as the general public. Also watch for a link on the NOTO website. This link will provide a wide variety of fact sheets and information on how you can better prepare in the event of a wildfire or structural fire. We also plan to showcase the concept at the convention in Sault Ste. Marie.
This article was taken from page 18 of NOTO's "The Outfitter" publication, Fall 2009 Issue