Fire Services

Fire Services

The Fire Services Department assists BC First Nations communities to increase their overall level of fire protection. Statistics indicate that fire occurrence, incidents and deaths are substantial in First Nation communities. Adhering to our Vision to help develop-Safe and Healthy First Nation Communities, we strive to make an impact by reducing the negative statistics.

Foundational Training

Fire Protection Leadership Governance The purpose of this training is to enhance capacity and awareness of Band Council Governance with regards to community fire protection. Discussion topics include: Fire Safety Assessment report of the community, long-term financial responsibilities for operations and maintenance of fire departments, trucks and equipment, levels of fire protection, the importance of fire prevention and supporting a designated community champion who heads the community fire prevention program by means of a Fire Prevention BCR/By-Law.

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Tier 1: Home Fire Protection

Addresses fire safety activities that have the greatest potential for preventing fires and saving lives.

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Tier 2: Community Fire Protection

Community Fire Protection focuses on enhancing education and awareness, that requires a greater degree of community organization and support in order to be effective.

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Tier 3: Fire Departments

Community Fire Departments may be considered once a community has established Foundational and Tier 1 & 2 activities. Several factors are fully explored; capacity, recruitment, retention, operations, maintenance, partnerships and service agreements to support long-term sustainability of community fire protection and prevention.

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Additional Fire Services Progarm

Working in collaboration with provincial fire protection agencies and municipalities to enhance resources, explore opportunities and support First Nations Fire Protection. Fire incident reporting and communications. We have launched a new (pilot) Research and Development annual summary report to increase awareness and enhance fire protection capacity with First Nations communities.

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Forest Fuel Management

Forest Fuel Management

The Forest Fuel Management (FFM) Department works with First Nations communities, and provincial and federal governments, and agencies, to assist with wildfire prevention activities. Many BC First Nations are impacted by the threat and risk of loss to community structures and assets because of wildfires. FFM supports access to funding to communities though planning, education and implementation of wildfire threat reduction activities.

Community Resiliency Investment Program

Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Program Applications are currently being accepted for this program.  The application deadline is December 7, 2018. The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program is a new provincial program intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC through community funding, supports and priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land. The Union of BC...

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Department of Indigenous Services Canada

Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) FNESS Forest Fuel Management Department accessed funding to support On – Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment projects and can contribute a maximum of 90% of the cost of eligible activities up to $57,690.00 in funding per First Nation. The remainder (10%) is required to be funded through community contributions. Sixteen (16) First Nations communities will...

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Forestry Enhancement Society of BC

Forestry Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) FESBC approved a project submission by FNESS for the development and implementation of a Regional Prioritization and Engagement model for First Nations (FN) that will guide the development and submission of FN FESBC Project proposals. Pilot projects are being developed in the following three areas: NE (Fort Nelson), SE (FN covered by the Rocky...

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FireSmart & Home Ignition Zone

FireSmart   Communication and planning is underway to assist First Nations and local governments to engage in the FireSmart community recognition program. The goal of progressing the First Nations and local government into the recognition program is the objective for this fiscal year. The BC Wildfire Service recently hired a communications/engagement specialist who will implement the FireSmart Community Recognition Program...

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First Nations Adapt Program

First Nations Adapt Program (FNAP) This program provides funding to First Nation communities/organizations located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.  First Nation communities are particularly at risk because often their location, ageing infrastructure, and close ties to the land. The program aims to support the gathering of Indigenous...

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Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative

    Strategic Wildfire Prevention Applications are no longer being accepted for this program. The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative is a suite of funding programs administered by UBCM and managed through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group. Since 2004, the initiative has supported communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface. The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative has...

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Training

Training Forestry, Wildland Fire Fighting and Emergency Management Training Providing Capacity Building through Industry Partnerships and Job Readiness Training FNESS has been providing Forestry Wildland Fire Fighting and Emergency Management  training to First Nations in British Columbia for the past seven years. We are now presenting this opportunity to your organization with the ability to meet your specific needs. Your...

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Research

Additional FNESS Initiatives WorkSafeBC Funded Research “Safeguarding Our Indigenous Communities: Measuring the health and safety culture of Aboriginal fire crews and emergency service personnel in British Columbia” For Aboriginal (First Nations and Métis) communities in British Columbia (BC), community protection is one of the most pressing concerns due to human and natural occurring activities, particularly wildfires, landslides and flooding that...

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Emergency Management

Emergency Management

The First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) works closely with First Nations communities, Emergency Management BC (EMBC), Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) and various other stakeholders, to support the successful implementation of Emergency Management for First Nations communities in the Province of BC.

Program Development

Program Development Emergency Management - Program Development HVRA-Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Provide support in the development and maintenance of hazard, risk and vulnerability analysis tools to assist First Nations communities. Conduct risk analysis that identifies options for implementing a range of Emergency Management Program activities required to support safe and healthy First Nations communities. Prevent and mitigate hazards and...

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Mentoring and Advisory

Mentoring and Advisory FNESS Emergency Management team members provide professional emergency management mentoring and advisory services to First Nations communities before, during, and after disaster events. FNESS supports the Sendia Framework with a focus on prevention and mitigation, and, during the recovery process, to “Build Back Better”.  FNESS supports Indigenous internal capacity building by sharing information with and mentoring a...

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Support

Support Response Support FNESS staff provides support to First Nations communities during response to emergency events, and FNESS Emergency Management team members play a valuable role as advisors, liaisons, and advocates between various agencies and organizations and for First Nations communities. EM support services include, but are not limited to: Providing leadership in any role within PECC, PREOC, or any...

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Training and Exercise

Training and Exercise Training and Exercise-Customized Solution available The FNESS Emergency Management team may provide, as requested, customized skills development and training plans tailored to the unique needs of the First Nations Communities’ training and exercise plans, considerate of culture and traditions, and that support the growth, development and advancement of the communities’ human capacity. FNESS provides advice on Emergency...

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Critical Incident Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) The FNESS –CISM Department is specific to First Nations Communities and approaches community healing by assisting individuals in Crisis. Critical Incident Stress is the physical, emotional and mental reactions that go along with living and working day to day in the midst of pain, suffering, chaos, trauma, evil and loss.  A critical incident is any...

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