FNESS Expo Wrap Up

July 16, 2019 — We wrapped up five big days at the annual FNESS Safety Expo in Penticton. Ten teams competed in the 35th Annual Fire Fighter Competition. Fire fighters from twelve communities participated. The team from Saik’uz won first place and will represent BC at the National Firefighter Competition on August 17, 2019 in the host community of Eskasoni First Nation in Nova...

25th Annual FNESS' Annual General Meeting

June 26, 2019 — 25th Annual FNESS' Annual General Meeting on July 6, 2019 FNESS' AGM Map: Hotel Map   Alternate Attendance Participation:Contact for Conference information and instructions by July 4, 2019

2019 Firefighter Training in Penticton, BC: FortisBC Gas Awareness

June 20, 2019 — 2019 Firefighter Training in Penticton, BC: FortisBC Gas Awareness

2019 Fire Safety Expo Training: Wildland

June 20, 2019 — Wildland - At the Penticton Indian Band Fire Department Urban Interface / Structure Protection    

2019 Fire Safety Expo Training: Auto Extrication - At the Penticton Fire Department Training Grounds

June 19, 2019 — 2019 Fire Safety Expo Training: Auto Extrication - At the Penticton Fire Department Training Grounds  

2019 Firefighter Competition

June 19, 2019 —  2019 Firefighter Competion - Penticton, BC    

2019 Firefighter Competition Winners

June 11, 2019 — 2019 Firefighter Competition Winners Photo 1: First Place - Saikuz Photo 2: Second Place - Penalakut Team 1 Photo 3: Third Place - Heiltsuk  

Schedule - 2019 Fire Safety Expo

May 31, 2019 — Schedule - 2019 Fire Safety Expo Schedule - 2019 Fire Safety Expo       

Penticton Map 2019 Fire Safety Expo Locations

May 31, 2019 — Penticton Map 2019 Fire Safety Expo Locations Penticton Map 2019 Fire Safety Expo (266 KB)  

FNESS AGM - Membership Deadline June 6/19

May 28, 2019 — FNESS AGM - Membership Deadline June 6/19 FNESS AGM Notice (329 KB) Membership Enrollment Form (253 KB) Membership Renewal Letter (409 KB) Time For Membership (252 KB)

Revitalizing Cultural Burning

May 28, 2019 — Revitalizing Cultural Burning

Adaptation Canada 2020 - Call for abstracts open

May 21, 2019 — Adaptation Canada 2020 - Call for abstracts open Adaptation - Call for abstracts open (119 KB)

Three BIG days of training in Penticton!

May 21, 2019 —   Three BIG days of training in Penticton! 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 Nations

May 15, 2019 — BC AFN sign an agreement to improve Emergency Management Services for First Nations:    

Funding Announcement from EMBC

May 15, 2019 — Funding Announcement from EMBC Pertain to Funding for Small Fire Departments Including First Nations:  Read more  

Thank you to FortisBC and Sun-Rype

May 8, 2019 — FortisBC and Sun-Rype has jumped on board again to support the FNESS Safety Expo! You will see FortisBC at the BCFire Expo on June 2 & 3. FortisBC will be part of the Firefighter Training on June 4 to 6. Thank you FortisBC and Sun-Rype for supporting community safety!  Registration package to FNESS Safety Expo:      

Hotel booking available at Days Inn for FNESS Fire Safety Expo

May 8, 2019 —   The Penticton IB uses the Days Inn for their hotel bookings in Penticton.  A block of 15 rooms at a price if $119.00 plus tax have been set aside for the FNESS Safety Expo. There is a pool and continental breakfast daily.  Plus it is a short walk to the beach.   Registrants can mention FNESS Safety Expo when...

Info from TDG Stakeholder Information Team

May 3, 2019 — Info from TDG Stakeholder Information Team:   The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate is pleased to announce the publication of the video:  "Responding to Railcar Incidents Involving Flammable Liquids"  You will find the video on our website in the following sections by clicking on the links below:  Video Gallery  What’s New  Safety Awareness Kit for First Responders  In...

FNESS Safety Expo - Registration Package

May 2, 2019 — May 2, 2019 Dear First Nations Fire Departments & Communities You are invited to participate in the 2019 FNESS Safety Expo! Dates: Sunday, June 2 to Thursday, June 6, 2019 Place: Penticton Indian Band and Penticton, BC Training - Firefighter Fundamentals, Advanced Fire Ground Tactics, Auto Extrication & Wildland SPS-SPU No cost for training! 3 days of hands-on training for...

FireSmart Media Release April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019 — FireSmart Media Release April 26, 2019 FireSmart Press Release (80.8 KB) FireSmart communications goals are: (1) to urge residents to join forces and help their entire community become a FireSmart Recognized Community, and (2) drive the public to FireSmart BC’s new website:  Please feel free to follow FireSmart on social media and share, Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

The Fire Awakened Us: Tsilhqot’in report- 2017 wildfires

April 25, 2019 —   The Fires Awakened Us: Tsihqot'in Report  

FNESS Safety Expo June 2019 in Penticton

April 17, 2019 —                       April 18, 2019 Dear First Nations Fire Departments and Communities, FNESS invites you to participate in the annual FNESS Safety Expo Dates: Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019 Place: Penticton, BC. FNESS Safety Expo Hi-Lites:    There is no cost to participate! 35th Annual Regional First Nations’ Firefighter Competition A maximum of 6 participants...

FNESS Safety Expo

April 12, 2019 —     FNESS Safety Expo:  No cost to participate. 35th Annual Region First Nations’ Firefighter Competition and two days of Firefighter Training. Tuesday, June 4 Wednesday, June 5 Thursday, June 6  

Wildfire Prevention for Outdoor Recreationalists

April 9, 2019 —    Wildfire Prevention for Outdoor Recreationalists  Compliments of BC Wildfire Service Prevention means stopping wildfires before they start. Discarded cigarette butts, campfires, hot exhaust pipes coming into contact with dry grass and vegetation, power tools (such as chainsaws), Tiki torches and even discarded glass can all ignite a wildfire. It is important to exercise caution when in the outdoors, not...

FFM Community Profile Honoring~Akisqnuk First Nation

April 9, 2019 —   Compliments of Yvan Kathriner, RPF | Nupqu Development Corporation [excerpts from Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP Updated 2016] The Akisqnuk First Nation community is located on the east side of Lake Windermere between the communities of Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. The community is transected by Highway 93/95, which runs north to south. Large parcels of private land are...

Gathering Our Voices (GOV)

April 9, 2019 —   In March, FNESS was once again a part of the annual Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Indigenous Youth Leadership Training held this year in Port Alberni, BC. We were pleased to join forces with the Port Alberni Fire Department to offer two workshops at their fire hall.  This is the 4-four year that we have worked with a municipal fire...

Call for Artists for the Indigenous FireSmart Booklet - now launched!

March 27, 2019 —

Ice Safety

March 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 2019

March 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 Investment

March 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 - Lytton

February 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...

Fire Prevention Boot Camp - Sooke SD 62

February 21, 2019 — Challenge yourself to learn firefighting skills, fire prevention and the team work it takes to be part of the fire service.  You will learn about the reality of fire, requirements to be a firefighter and how to keep your home fire safe.  High school students in Grades 9-12 attending school in Sooke SD 62 are encouraged to register with their...

2019 Volunteer Firefighters Association of BC Spring Training - Lake Country

January 28, 2019 — 2019 Volunteer Firefighters Association of BC Spring Training - Lake CountryComing Soon.

Fire Services: Leadership in the Fire Services - Follow-up

January 23, 2019 —   As a follow-up to our previous newsletter about Leadership in the Fire Services, we are committed to continue working to build Volunteer Fire Departments, reduce liability, and improve reporting requirements in order to reduce stressors for Fire Chiefs and Elected Officials. FNESS has been an excellent knowledge source on the above topics and will continue to support all communities...

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019

January 10, 2019 — Get your applications ready Canada! Applications for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 open on January 15!  Apply for your chance to receive $500 to put towards a FireSmart activity or event in your community!


January 10, 2019 — Bev Hutchison, RFT, Alkali Resource Management team making serious improvements to the band's on-reserve infrastructure. The band has recently completed a treatment center, a new school, a bio-mass heating unit that will heat several of the new buildings, centers for children and youth, a new office for their consulting company and a new band office! With a recently approved Strategic Wildfire...

Lower Similkameen

January 10, 2019 — Lower Similkameen Indian Band - FireSmart Day        Jonas Joe, RFT, delivered the FireSmart Day on December 17th at the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB).  LISB sucessfully completed an education breakfast with the FNESS Booth, formed a FireSmart Board and completed an Action plan for the community.

Cayoose Creek Band

January 10, 2019 — Forest Fuel Management Community Profile Honoring ~ Sekw’el’was {Cayoose Creek Band} Compliments of Tawnya J. Collins, RPF | Landscape Consulting Corporation [excerpts from CWPP Updated 2016] The First Nation community of Sekw’el’was (Cayoose Creek Band) encompasses a total of 712 hectares within three individual Indian Reserves on the west side of the Fraser River near the District of Lillooet. There...

Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2018 — Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, love, happiness, peace and prosperity in the New Year!  

ICLR releases new book ‘Cities adapt to extreme weather: Celebrating Local Leadership'

December 18, 2018 — Approximately a year ago FNESS was contacted by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction regarding the work FNESS was involved in with Fort Nelson First Nations, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and FireSmart Canada on Home Partners Home Ignition Zone Assessments and use of UAVs to support the assessments. They became aware of this partnership initiative through communications with Partners in...

IPad Contest Winner

December 17, 2018 —     Ariella was the winner of the annual Fire Safety Starts with You iPad contest.  FNESS is very pleased to have N’Kwala School and Upper Nicola FN participate in the annual Fire Prevention Week contest. The iPad presentation was made at the school on Wednesday.  Thank you N’Kwala School and Upper Nicola Fire Department for helping students learn more about...

Fire Services Leadership and being a great leader in Fire Services

December 17, 2018 — This month’s newsletter focuses on Leadership, being inspirational and developing a great team to support you in the Fire Services. Value can also be found, and may have a significant impact in your role, if you are a leader in other work areas or fields. Featured snippet from the webLeaders who exhibit inspirational motivation show an ability to gain support for the...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

December 11, 2018 — If you have been listening to the news lately you will hear on every broadcast that they have been talking about Carbon Monoxide poisoning. CO is called the silent killer.  You can’t taste it, smell it or see it.   CO is the natural by-product of burning natural gas, propane, wood and all fossil fuels. We can protect our families by taking these steps: Have...

Kitasoo Fire Prevention Boot Camp

December 11, 2018 — In late November, FNESS was in Kitasoo to deliver the Fire Prevention Boot Camp.   Ten high school students, their teacher Mr. Greg, Fire Chief Spencer Mason and five firefighters participated.  This was a high-energy two day program that involved lots of hands-on learning.  Students practiced putting on and taking off gear and learned about firefighter skills.  In addition to the realities of house fires and the...

2018 Poster Contest

September 27, 2018 — For more information click here for the 2018 Poster Contest  

Upcoming C2C Deadline

September 20, 2018 — Program information is available here. Application deadline is October 19, 2018.

Upcoming Fire Prevention Week

September 20, 2018 — Fire Prevention Week is October 7 - 13, 2018 Fires are real, not just events in the news or movies. Fire is fast, extremely hot and spreads rapidly. It creates thick black toxic smoke that is even more deadly than flames! When fire strikes, seconds are important! There is no time to stop and think. Everyone needs to know what...

Community Residency Investment Program

September 17, 2018 — Applications are currently being accepted for this program.  The application deadline is December 7, 2018. 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 of BC Municipalities, First Nations’ Emergency Services...

Campfire bans to be lifted in most of British Columbia

September 10, 2018 — Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the wildfire risk in most parts of the province, so the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded campfire bans in specific regions effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Campfire bans will be fully rescinded throughout the Prince George Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre. Campfire bans will be...

Remembering Edwin Mountain Sr.

September 7, 2018 — Remembering Edwin Mountain Sr. (366 KB)

Security Bar Safety form NFPA

September 5, 2018 — Security Bar Safety form NFPA

Fire Prevention Information

August 24, 2018 — FireSmart Canada Wildfire Evacuation Checklist FireSmart Guide to Lanscaping FireSmart Homeowner Manual

Forest Fuel Management Specialist

August 24, 2018 — Employment Opportunity FNESS FMS Competition 2018-02

Admin Support

August 23, 2018 — Forest Managment Support Employment – Kamloops FFM Competition 2018-01 Admin Support

Preparing for Wildfires

July 11, 2018 — Wildfire Prevention Info Sessions Poster 11x8.5 Wildfire Prevention Info Sessions Poster 17x11

Wildfire Survey

July 10, 2018 — Wildfire Survey July 2018  

BC Community Perceptions on Wildfire Report 2018

July 10, 2018 —

SWPI to Transition to CRIP

June 13, 2018 — The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) will transition to a new Community Resiliency Investment Program (CRIP), which will be informed by the recommendations of the recent BC Flood and Wildfire Review and other after-action reviews. The Province committed $50M over three years for the new program in Budget 2018. read more….UBCM SWPI to Transition to CRIP (Jun 13.2018)

Department of Indigenous Services Canada On-Reserve

June 12, 2018 —   Please check out web map link:   2017-18 On Reserve Fuel Treatment Map 2018-2019 Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) Wildfire Prevention Initiative On-Reserve Forest Fuel Reduction Treatment Funding deadline closed June 29, 2018. On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatments & Maintenance Treatments FNESS Forest Fuel Management Department accessed funding to support On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Projects and can contribute a maximum of 90% of...

Fire Fighter Competition

June 3, 2018 — FNESS Safety Expo 2018 in Victoria, BC. Check below for details on events, registration forms and hotel group rates. Click here for the schedule summary:   Sunday, June 3 – Mandatory Team Captains Meeting Teams signing up for the 2018 BC First Nations’ Provincial Fire Fighter Competition are required to attend a mandatory team captains meeting. Competition events and rules...

Address Info for FNESS Safety Expo 2018

June 1, 2018 — Archie Browning Arena 1151 Esquimalt Road, Esquimalt :  FNESS First Nations Fire Fighter Competition  Captains Meeting Sunday June 3 ,3pm , FNESS FN Fire Fighters Competition Monday June 4 8:00-3:30 pm,  FNESS Safety Expo Training Tuesday June 5, 8:45 am -4 pm and Wednesday June 6 , 8:45- 4 pm   Songhees Wellness Centre1100 Admirals Rd Esquimalt: BC Fire Chiefs...

Annual General Meeting

May 4, 2018 — FNESS AGM is on June 7, 2018 at Songhees Wellness Centre 1100 Admirals Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 2P6 Time:  1:00pm-4:00pm

Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia

March 12, 2018 — For more details, please contact Mr. Steve Kozuki, RPF Executive Director of Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia (FESBC) at P: 778.765.0983     Toll-Free: 1.877.225.2010, Ext. 101     C: 250.819.2888 101 – 925 McMaster Way. Kamloops, BC  V2C 6K2 Updates: FESBC Update – No 22 – HCTF Projects Announced – March 2018 FESBC Update – No 21 – New Ops Manager RRaatz –...

Community to Community Forum Program

February 26, 2018 — UBCM administers the Regional Community to Community Forum program which provides modest grants for First Nations and local governments to meet together to initiate or improve relationships, or to discuss any matter of mutual interest. We have just announced application deadlines for 2018/19 and have added a new objective to support First Nations and local governments to develop or improve...

2017 First Nations’ Youth Poster Contest

October 8, 2017 — Click here to see the winners!

2016 First Nations’ Youth Poster Contest

December 1, 2016 — The Fire Services Department has received the Poster submissions for 2016. We would like to thank teachers and parents for helping students to submit posters and we hope that you will continue to promote Fire Prevention in your community. Poster contest winners are listed and shown below: Click here to see the winners!