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.
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.
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.
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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REMINDER: 2022 CRI Intake Funding Deadline is Sept. 8, 2021September 17, 2021
REMINDER: Submission Deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021 2022 FireSmartTM Community Funding and Supports Program The FireSmartTM Community Funding and Supports program provides funding to local governments and First Nations in BC to increase community resiliency by undertaking community-based FireSmartTM planning and activities that reduce the community's risk from wildfire. To date, 194 First Nations and local governments have received funding. The First Nations’ Emergency Services...
FNESS-ISC Funding Opportunity - Deadline ExtensionSeptember 15, 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...
Fire Prevention Week 2021 Poster and Video ContestAugust 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...