Chamber of Commerce Trade Show – May 5th & 6th

Sat 10AM – 5PM / Sun 10AM-4PM at Spray Lakes Recreation Centre - $2 Admission Details


An implementation plan will soon be completed on what actions should be taken to make Cochrane FireSmart.

Suzanne Gaida, senior manager for Community Services, says that an implementation plan is currently being finalized and follows an an initial community assessment, both completed through a FireSmart grant.

"We'll be bringing that forward to council in the future around what our action plan is and looking to complete some grants to see if we can get some of the work done," says Gaida.

Late last week, the province announced a substantial increase in funding for FireSmart grants and will be spending $45 million over three years, with $10.5 million going directly to Fort McMurray for fire prevention. The aim is to reduce the risk of wildfire and the funds will help provide communities with  tools and tactics such as education, vegetation management, legislation and planning, development considerations, interagency co-operation and emergency planning.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, believes Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead, and that's exactly why the province has beefed up the funding.

"In terms of investing a small amount of money, relatively speaking, on trying to prevent wildifires and raise awareness hopefully we can prevent those kinds of tragedies from happening elsewhere," says Westhead.

Currently, the only FireSmart community in Westhead's riding is Waiprious and he believes there are many other communities that should consider participating in the program.

"I know that a lot of the communities in Banff-Cochrane are at risk of wildfire and if anybody wants to discuss that I'd certainly be willing to sit down with them," says Westhead.

While Cochrane isn't a forested community, the threat is wildfire is present with the natural grasslands here. It isn't uncommon for grass fires to be battled by firefighters each spring and late in the fall.

"For a lot of years, from my understanding, FireSmart was really focussed on forested communities, which we're not really, we're more of a natural grassland," says Gaida. "But then they opened up the program to recognize that it's important for all communities that have an rural interface."

Westhead says municipalities and nonprofit groups are eligible tyo apply for a community grants of up to $100,000.

"I would certainly encourage folks to come together and put an application in," he says.



Chamber of Commerce Trade Show – May 5th & 6th

Sat 10AM – 5PM / Sun 10AM-4PM at Spray Lakes Recreation Centre - $2 Admission Details


More Local News

RCMP On Look Out for Fragrance Stealing Bandits

Cochrane RCMP is asking for public assistance in locating three suspects involved in shoplifting incidents. Constable Kary Moore says they would like to locate the two women and one man involved in…

Cochrane Excluded From Calgary/Banff Summer Weekend Bus Service

On-It will once again be offering its weekend summer shuttle service between Calgary and Banff but won't be including a stop in Cochrane. Jonathan Weal, regional director for Southland…

VIDEO: Cochrane Thanks Our Volunteer Community

Last Saturday morning, hundreds of volunteers were given thanks. While volunteers have been recognized for a number of years in Cochrane, the Volunteer Appreciation Event held at the Cochrane Movie…

Looking to Become A Canadian Citizen?

Rocky View Immigrant Services (CCIS) is hosting a workshop tomorrow evening (April 18) to help answer any questions about acquiring Canadian citizenship. With a growing number of Cochranites looking…

Major Land-Use Bylaw Rewrite Impacts All Residents

Just how important is the comprehensive review and rewrite of Cochrane's Land-Use Bylaw to residents and builders? Extremely. The reality is, Cochrane has outgrown its land-use bylaw (LUB) and the…

From Cochrane to Humboldt, We Remember

Over 100 people gathered at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLFSC) last evening (April 15) to remember those who have passed, are still recovering and the First Responders who attended to…

Let's Make This the Biggest Food Drive to Date

On Saturday morning (April 21) hundreds of volunteers will be out and about collecting food donations from neighbourhoods all over Cochrane. The bi-annual food drive organized by Helping Hands will…

Westhead Chairing Endangered Species Conservation Committee

Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead has been named chair of the Endangered Species Conservation Committee (ESCC) by Alberta Environment and Parks minister Shannon Phillips, it was announced today.…

Cochranites Come Together for Vigil

A vigil is being held at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) this Sunday (April 15) to honour all those affected by the Humboldt bus crash that occurred last Friday evening. While a…

Cochrane Lions Show Their Colours in Support of BVHS Initiative

Mental wellness is important to the entire community, and the Time For Hope Colours Cochrane 5K Run, May 5, being organized by the Bow Valley High School is meant to spread that message while raising… is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

Connection Cafe

24 April 2018 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Cochrane Alliance Church

Get together to cowork & have a coffee.

24 April 2018 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Corner Coworking

Fly Tying Club

24 April 2018 7:00 pm

Cochrane Alliance Church