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


Bob Mills, Manager, Emergency Management


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-ISC Funding Opportunity - Deadline Extension

July 29, 2021

DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR  2021-2022 FNESS-ISC FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Attention: First Nation Communities Please be advised that there is an extension to the deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 FNESS-Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment and On-Reserve FireSmartTM Programs. The new intake deadline is Thursday, September 30th, 2021. The purpose of the extension is to ensure that all First Nation...

Required Immediately - Emergency Management Call-out

July 13, 2021

REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CALL-OUT FNESS is looking for First Nation individuals with emergency management experience to help support FNESS or other community Emergency Operations Centres.  Those with limited experience will be trained by FNESS immediately. This is your opportunity to enhance or improve your emergency management skills and abilities in a live environment, build relationships with other communities...

Funding Announcement - Community Wildfire Resiliency Funding

July 9, 2021

Community Resiliency Initiative FireSmartTM Community Funding and Supports Program Submission deadline:  October 8, 2021 June 30, 2021  Applications are now being invited for the 2022 Community Resiliency Initiative FireSmart Community Funding and Supports program. Local governments and First Nations in BC are eligible to apply for funding to undertake community-based FireSmart planning and activities that reduce the community’s risk from...

FNESS June 2021 newsletter - the quarterly responder

July 8, 2021

FNESS June 2021 newsletter - the quarterly responder