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 Information

Please visit the FNESS EOC Website for updated emergency information, and evacuation orders and alerts that are affecting BC First Nations. 

ISC Wildfires and First Nations Communities in BC - 2021 Wildfire Season FAQ's 
FNLC Emergency Management Services Memorandum of Understanding
ISC BCWS Wildfire Response Agreement
ISC EMBC Emergency Management Services Funding Agreement


 FNESS COVID-19 Updates

First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) COVID-19 Emergency Resource Site

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What's New

FNESS newsletter - the quarterly responder - September 2021

October 6, 2021

FNESS newsletter - the quarterly responder - September 2021

Fire Prevention Week 2021 - Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

October 5, 2021

Fire Prevention Week 2021 runs from October 3-9 and the theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM." Visit the National Fire Protection Association website for additional safety messages, education materials for kids and communities, games and more!   Click on the image to download the safety tip sheet.

FNESS-TEAMS Program Announcement

September 29, 2021

The First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) is announcing a critical “all hazards coordinated approach” for all First Nation community emergency management (EM) programs across British Columbia (BC). FNESS is developing a pilot Temporary Emergency Assignment Management System (TEAMS) in partnership with Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). Please download FNESS-TEAMS poster for program and contact information. 

Fire Prevention Week 2021 Poster and Video Contest

August 30, 2021

Fire Prevention Week™ 2021 Contest This year, Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3 to 9 and the theme is Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!™ Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire and burn prevention with the people in your community, and is an opportunity for students to win some fantastic prizes. Bringing the important message...