Our mission is to assist First Nations in developing and sustaining safer and healthier communities by providing the programs and services described in this website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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.
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.
The First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) works closely with First Nations communities, Emergency Management BC (EMBC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and various other stakeholders, to support the successful implementation of Emergency Management for First Nations communities in the Province of BC.
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Ice SafetyMarch 13, 2019
With the arrival of spring, warming temperatures brings ice-related dangers that we need to be aware of. As first responders in the fire service, we may be called out to respond to a person or pet that has fallen through thin ice. Here are some safety points we need to be mindful of to protect our first responders: Develop a safe zone...
Gathering Our Voices 2019March 13, 2019
Join FNESS and the Port Alberni Fire Department in the Fire Prevention: Be a Firefighter workshop. This is the 4th year FNESS has teamed up with a Fire Department to provide this amazing experience for youth. You will find out more about being part of the fire service and get to do lots of fire fighter skills. Two GOV workshops...
Community Resiliency InvestmentMarch 12, 2019
Applications submitted December 7, 2018 are under review – Notices will be sent out in early March 2019 with the intake invite coming soon. 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...
Fire Prevention Boot Camp - LyttonFebruary 21, 2019
Fire Fighter skills, learning about home fire safety and working with FNESS are all part of the upcoming Boot Camp in Lytton. Talk to your Principal at Kumsheen Secondary School to register. This is a high-energy learning opportunity for students in grades 9 to 12. A big thank you to all of our Lytton partners for making this youth initiative...