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FNESS is proud to be recognized by the Province and now Partners in Protection (Canada) to lend support for First Nations (BC), as part of the National FireSmart Community recognition program.

Partners in Protection is a multi-disciplinary partnership committed to raising awareness, providing information, and developing forums with a view to encouraging proactive, community-based initiatives. Such initiatives would have as their principal objective, to reduce risk of fire losses and enhance safety in the wildland-urban interface.

FNESS is working with communities to achieve FireSmart recognition criteria, including those communities that participated with previous NRCAN programs.


Congratulations to the following British Columbia First Nations communities in becoming

FireSmart Recognized Communities:

New FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Communities:

  1. Xaxli’p First Nation – 2016 recognition status.
  2. Stwecem’c-Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek, Dog
  3. Creek Band) – 2016 recognition status.
  4. Nazko First Nation – 2016 recognition status.
  5. Tsalalh Seton Lake Indian Band – 2016 recognition status.
  6. Little Shuswap Indian Band – 2016 recognition status.
  7. Gallagher’s Canyon – 2016 recognition status.
  8. Akisq’nuk First Nation – 2016 recognition status.
  9. Steelhead Community – 2016 recognition status.
  10. Penticton Indian Band – 2016 recognition status.

Renewal FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Communities:

  1. Nooaitch (First Nation)- 2016 renewal.
  2. Quail Ridge- 2015, 2016 renewal.
  3. Coldwater Indian Band – 2016 renewal.
  4. Skeetchestn Indian Band –2016 renewal.
  5. Esk’etemc (First Nation)- 2016 renewal.
  6. Quail Ridge- 2015, 2016 renewal.
  7. Queens Bay- 2015, 2016 renewal
  8. Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation – 2016 renewal.
  9. T’it’q’et (First Nation)- 2016 renewal.

FireSmart Standards

To qualify as a FireSmart Communities Recognition site, a community must have met five standards:

  1. Complete a community assessment and create a plan (refer to page 12 & 20 of the Fire Smart User Reference Guide)
  2. Form a FireSmart Board (page 14)
  3. Hold a FireSmart Day event (page 16)
  4. Invest a minimum of $2/capita in local wildfire mitigation projects. (Volunteer hours X $21.36/hr 2012 rate, equipment
    use, time contributed by agency fire staff, and grant funding can be included, see page 25)
  5. Submit an application (page 24 & 29)

Applications for First Nations communities in BC will be submitted to the  “Provincial FireSmart Liaison” for First Nations Communities, located at the Kamloops FNESS Office. FNESS will work with the communities and Partners in Protection Canada, with the goal of achieving FireSmart Community Recognition status.

FireSmart Planning – Application deadline now closed

Applications for the 2017 FireSmart Planning program will only be accepted as part of the January 2017 SWPI intake.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day was Saturday May 6, 2017

NEW FireSmart Application Submission Process:

FireSmart applications to be submitted directly to UBCM

Questions, Comments, please contact:

Forest Fuel Management Department ~ FNESS Kamloops

250-377-7600 FNESS

Union of British Columbia Municipalities at UBCM