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

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

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What's New


May 7, 2021

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #80 / May 5, 2021 Click on the image to download the document.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2021: Family Emergency Plan

May 7, 2021

How to Make a Family Emergency Plan #EP Week2021 Use the “Get Prepared” website to make an Emergency Plan for your family and home. It will take you about 20 minutes to create a family emergency plan online, which you can then print out. Online Emergency Plan: To make your Family Emergency Plan you will need to know: Safe exits...

Emergency Preparedness Week 2021: Emergency Preparedness Kits

May 6, 2021

Emergency Preparedness Week 2021: Emergency Preparedness Kits #EPWeek2021 In an emergency, it is important to have some supplies in case you need to get by without power or running water. Most emergency organizations recommend that you are prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Having an emergency preparedness (EP) kit ready to go, means that you do not...

May 2021 Safety Tips

May 4, 2021

May Safety Tips: Household Flammables - Batteries and Medical Oxygen There are many household materials that are potential fire hazards. Batteries and medical oxygen are examples of common household items that have the potential to cause or exacerbate a fire. Lithium-ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices, including smartphones, laptops, scooters, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms and toys. These batteries should...