The County is promoting awareness of its Farm FireSmart program during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week.
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is a national public awareness campaign that takes place every year during the third week of March. In 2021, CASW focuses on the importance of farm safety.
Fire is one of the main hazards that can affect an agricultural operation since there are so many ways a fire can start. Fires can start from electrical problems, lightning strikes, improper handling of chemicals and other flammable materials, combusting hay or feed, and many other areas.
The County’s Farm FireSmart program is designed to help identify and address the unique challenges faced by farmers, ranchers and acreage owners as they prepare for wildfire — or better yet, prevent its occurrence in the first place.
"We launched FireSmart to help our producers mitigate wildfire risks. We discuss limitations, and also cover the things they can do in order to protect their property, their livestock, and each other," said County Fire Chief Randy Schroeder.
Conceived in 2019 by County Fire Chief Randy Schroeder of Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services, endorsed by FireSmart Canada and augmented by a growing cadre of progressive Fire Services divisions like the Whitecourt Fire Department, Farm FireSmart was established to help identify and address the unique challenges faced by farmers, ranchers and acreage owners as they prepare for wildfire — or better yet, prevent its occurrence in the first place.
"The biggest tip I can offer any Ag producer is to not be impromptu with their burns," continued Schroeder. "Everything should have a plan: determine what can be burned, and make sure you have the equipment you need to ensure the fire can't get away."
Explore the Farm FireSmart videos, news and resources designed to help maximize the safety of everyone on your farm. Remember: most farm injuries are predictable and preventable. Safety starts with you.