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.


The Mitigation 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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Check out our Resources page for our latest News, Calendar of events, and resource Library.

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 Wildland Firefighter Training Available

September 20, 2022

Wildland Firefighter Training Now Available!  Download application form here. Any questions, please contact Quentin Nelson at Send completed applications to

EMBC - 2022 Helpful Links and Resources

August 9, 2022

Emergency Management BC has provided a Helpful Links and Resources document which includes: Emergency and Preparedness Resources Heat Response Resources WIldfire Resources Emergency Management Support to First Nations Travel Information Resources for Evacuees Other Useful Contact Numbers Download the document here.

2023 FireSmart Webinar - Register via UBCM website

July 14, 2022

2023 FireSmart Webinar - register via UBCM website The link has caused some issues for a few folks. Please register for the webinar via our website: In case you haven’t registered yet - Feel free to share the invite with any potential applicants.  Union of BC Municipalities will run a second one in early October.

FNESS Newsletter - the quarterly responder - June 2022

July 5, 2022

Welcome to the June 2022 edition of the FNESS newsletter - the quarterly responder!  Click on the image below to download.