WildFire AP - a Wildfire Adaptation and protection Consulting Firm


Wildfire is a natural and inevitable phenomenon on many landscapes.

Provincial and municipal fire suppression resources can become overwhelmed when wildfires move from forest and grassland to urban areas. As a result, communities, infrastructure, and values are at risk from wildfire. Becoming resilient to wildfire involves recognizing the inevitability of wildfire on the landscape and planning ahead to reduce the potential negative impacts these events.

Our goal is to protect communities, homes, cottages, and other values from wildfire by making them wildfire adapted. 

Wildfire AP works with home and cottage owners, communities, businesses, industry, and governments through research and capacity building to produce context-based risk mitigation solutions to reduce the potential impacts of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface. 

Homes and structures that are wildfire adapted and have sprinklers installed have a 90% chance of surviving a wildfire.


Our Services include:

  • Cottage, Home, and Business Wildfire Risk Assessments

  • Wildfire Protection Sprinkler System Design, Sales, and Installation

  • Community Wildfire Threat Assessments

  • Community Value Protection Plans

  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans

  • Evacuation Planning

  • Forest Fuel and Landscape Management

  • Wildfire Suppression Consulting

  • Biocultural Design and Research

Call or email us if you have any questions or want to discuss what you can do to protect your home, cottage, or community from wildfire. 


Services

Consulting

 

Planning

Sprinklers

Implementation

 

Emergency Structural Protection

 
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Kurtis Ulrich (M.NRM, BA)

Kurtis Ulrich was born and raised in rural Manitoba, living in Snow Lake, Falcon Lake, and Lac du Bonnet, before moving to Winnipeg to begin studying at university. Kurtis worked for 8 years in the Manitoba Fire Program as an initial attack fire crew member, crew leader, and heli-tac officer. As a wildland firefighter, Kurtis worked throughout Manitoba and across Canada while  he directed wildfire suppression operations, performed value protection services on multiple fire incidents, and was trained and worked in the incident command system. While working for the Fire Program, Kurtis received his BA from the University of Winnipeg majoring in Political Science, with courses in natural and environmental sciences, and holds a Manitoba Arborist Certification. Kurtis also has a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba; his thesis was focused on the biocultural design elements of prescribed fire and its use in achieving multiple landscape outcomes in collaboration with indigenous communities. He continues doing research in the field of biocultural design and biocultural indicators. Having lived, worked, and studied in rural and northern communities has provided him with insight into how people in these places live and respect for the knowledge and skills that the people in these communities have in association with the land around them. 


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Aaron Janzen (BA)

Aaron Janzen has worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on a wide variety of development, peace, and disaster response projects. Most recently, he spent 3 years working with community based organizations in South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho by facilitating and supporting the development of planning, monitoring and evaluation tools for a variety of projects. During this time Aaron further developed his appreciation for different modes of working and the flexibility and listening skills required to collaborate respectfully with different cultures, communities, and individuals, many of whom were members of particularly marginalized communities.  Aaron received his BA from Canadian Mennonite University majoring in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies and is presently completing a Masters in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba; his thesis is exploring the issues of community-based forest governance. In post-Apartheid South Africa, Aaron gained an appreciation for the ongoing challenges and opportunities of working on reconciliation through shared projects and programs.