Executive Director’s Report

Looking forward, building on the past

The 2014-15 fiscal year for FNESS has seen changes, from a new board member to succession of executive director and manager roles. We have remained steadfast in following our mission of working toward safer and healthier communities through prevention, planning, education and training.

Looking forward and learning from the past, we embark on a new training program for Fire Services, provide Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) short-term intervention, look to the landscape for forest fuel management projects and aim to engage more youth through a number of new initiatives.

As an additional note, we continue to ensure CISM, our short-term intervention support for communities, which is funded through the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), remains active and available for the years ahead. We will also focus on developing further staff under this initiative, ensuring this support is active upon request from communities in need due to unforeseen (and often tragic) circumstances.

In the past we have relied on the support of First Nations communities and organizations, our members and our staff. All need to be commended—leadership and chiefs/councils, fire chiefs and volunteer members and staff, to name only a few of those who have shown great resolve and hard work. Moving forward, this remains a key for achieving success in improving and maintaining community safety.

We remain committed to school and community workshops this year and to furthering our critical prevention initiatives, such as smoke alarm installations and fire extinguisher training. Our joint training program with the Justice Institute of British Columbia will bring a new look to the field once piloting is completed, with certifications remaining the goal.

This year, we will work to strengthen collaboration with BC fire protection agencies and build joint regional fire protection training and mentoring opportunities while also looking further into service agreements.

As we continue the challenging work of exploring alternate funding opportunities, we remain steadfast in serving communities with services you will read in this report.