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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Temporary Program, Private Drinking Water Well Testing - extended to Jan 31 2022January 20, 2022
Health Link BC Information Bulletin: Temporary Program, Private Drinking Water Well Testing -Extended to January 31, 2022- What is the purpose of this program? Privately owned and operated wells in areas affected by floods may have become contaminated or damaged by the flooding, leading to unsafe water. Areas where there has been emergency application of manure on farmland may be...
January Safety Tips: Indoor HeatingJanuary 13, 2022
January Safety Tips: Indoor Heating Did you know that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February? Staying warm during the winter is essential, but it is also important to remember important heating safety tips. Following these simple safety tips can help prevent fire related injury or death caused by house fires. Heating Safety (1.1 MB)...
2022 Community Emergency Preparedness Fund - EOC and TrainingJanuary 11, 2022
2022 Community Emergency Preparedness Fund EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRES AND TRAINING Applications are currently being accepted in this program. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is a suite of funding streams intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations and communities in responding to emergencies. Funding is provided by the Province of BC and is administered by UBCM. All...
Winter Storm Safety TipsDecember 21, 2021
With winter storm warnings issued across BC, review the NFPA Winter Storm Safety tips. Click on the image to download the pdf.