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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Adaptation Canada 2020 - Call for abstracts openMay 21, 2019
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Three BIG days of training in Penticton!May 21, 2019
Three BIG days of training in Penticton! http://fness-new.editmy.website/resources/news/fness-safety-expo-registration-package Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6 Lunch and drinks are provided Bring turnout gear, wildland gear and wear steel toes. Personal protective equipment is provided. Let us know if you need gear. Wildland Structure Triage, Mitigation around structures, FireSmart and sprinkler set up from a B.C. Type 2 SPU...
BC AFN sign an agreement to improve Emergency Management Services for First NationsMay 15, 2019
BC AFN sign an agreement to improve Emergency Management Services for First Nations: https://bcafn.ca/canada-british-columbia-and-first-nations-leadership-council-sign-tripartite-memorandum-of-understanding-to-improve-emergency-management-services-for-bc-first-nations/
Funding Announcement from EMBCMay 15, 2019
Funding Announcement from EMBC Pertain to Funding for Small Fire Departments Including First Nations: Read more