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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:

To date, the following communities received FireSmart Community Recognition, this year:

  1. Penticton Indian Band – applied for 2016 recognition approved in 2017.
  2. Lytton First Nation – applied for 2016 recognition approved in 2017.
  3. Village Of Lytton – applied for 2016 recognition approved in 2017.
  4. Community of Eastgate – received 2017 community recognition.
  5. Skeetchestn Indian Band – received 2017 recognition renewal.
  6. Community of Steelhead – received 2016 community recognition.

The FFM department works with First Nations in BC to encourage involvement with the FireSmart Canada community recognition program, and will assist to navigate the community through the steps to become a recognized FireSmart community. This is a big step in assisting communities with wildfire prevention and creating safer communities, while assisting to leverage access to other wildfire prevention initiatives.

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

Related links for more general info:

FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual


BC Wildfire Service Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual.pdf

Back cover FireSmart Manual

Contact Information:

Mr. Jeff Eustache, RFT

Union of British Columbia Municipalities at UBCM