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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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COASTAL REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop

February 20, 2020

COASTAL REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop Surrey: Prescribed Burning Workshop (240 KB) For more information please contact Peter Hisch, RFT FNESS Forest Fuel Specialist phisch@fness.bc.ca

FFM Community Profile Honoring ~ Seabird Island Band

February 11, 2020

The Seabird Island reserve lands fall within the traditional territory of the Stó:lō Nation, an area rich in resources that provides food for the people and serves as valued goods for trade with adjacent Nations. The Stó:lō are “the river people” and thus share an inseparable connection with the land and its water, air, wildlife and plants. The primary objective...

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering & Emergency Management

January 28, 2020

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering & Emergency Management: WHEN March 3 & 4th , 2020 9pm - 4pm each day WHERE Territory of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation Uda dune Baiyoh - House of Ancestors Conference Centre 355 Vancouver St, Prince George, BC V2L 2P1 PURPOSE: To create a framework for annual guided dialogue in BC on how to facilitate the “braiding” of...

Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshops (6)

January 24, 2020

Joint Indigenous Fire Knowledge & Prescribed Burning Regional Engagement Workshops Prescribed Burning 6-Workshops (279 KB) The First Nations' Emergency Services Society and British Columbia Wildfire Service are hosting 6-Regional Engagement Workshops through BC. The Locations will be determined using the results of the cultural burning survey conducted in December 2019. These workshops are based on recommendations within the Abbott/Chapman report Addressing...