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.


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Fire Services

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.

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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.

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Emergency Management

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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FNESS Emergency Contacts

Emergencies are determined to be events that cannot be handled at the community response level.

Wayne Schnitzler, Interim Executive Director


Dean Colthorp, Manager Emergency Services Department


Larry Price, Manager Forest Fuel Management Department


If leaving a message, please provide your name, phone number, email address, community name and emergency concern.

Emergency Contacts listed here gives access to key FNESS individuals who can assist communities with emergency concerns or events. 

Please see the FNESS department contact lists for dealing with daily operations or business concerns.  



 FNESS COVID-19 Updates

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What's New

FNESS Announces TEAMS Pilot Project

June 17, 2021

FNESS is announcing a new Temporary Emergency Assignment Management System (TEAMS) pilot project. TEAMS will enhance emergency response and preparedness in BC First Nation communities by building capacity within communities and providing support to other communities during an emergency situation. Download the TEAMS poster for more details. Interested parties are asked to submit their name, community, PREOC region and contact...

Electrical Safety Tips

June 16, 2021

Electrical Safety Tips Electricity is an important and useful part of our daily lives, but it is also powerful and dangerous. Following basic electrical safety can help to reduce risk, injury and death. Below are some electrical safety resources, training and safety tips. FortisBC Free online electrical safety training for first responders: Accidents and Electricity: Fortis Electrical Safety:...

COVID-19 Message from ISC BC Region - Update #82/June 11, 2021

June 14, 2021

COVID-19 Message from ISC BC Region - Update #82/June 11, 2021

FNESS-ISC On-Reserve Funding Opportunities!

June 9, 2021

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2021-2022 FNESS-Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)  On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment and On-Reserve FireSmart Programs Application Deadline: Friday, July 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm For more information visit  Click here to download the poster FNESS ISC Funding Opportunity (1.36 MB) Application Forms and Guide 2021-2022 FNESS-ISC On-reserve FireSmart Application Form  2021-2022 FNESS-ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Application Form  FNESS-ISC 2021-2022...