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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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



What's New

Get FireSmart Podcast #23 "Reigniting Indigenous Cultural Burning: A FNESS Feature" with Dave Pascal

January 12, 2023

FNESS is excited to announce the latest Get FireSmartTM Podcast, “Reigniting Indigenous Cultural Burning: A FNESS Feature” with Guest Dave Pascal. “In this episode, we interview Dave Pascal, a Cultural & Prescribed Fire Specialist with the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS). Dave discusses the importance of cultural and prescribed fire in British Columbia and the work he’s doing to...

FNESS Newsletter - the quarterly responder - December 2022

December 16, 2022

Welcome to the December 2022 edition of the quarterly responder! FNESS Newsletter - the quarterly responder - Dec 2022

Winter Home Fire Safety - National Campaign

December 16, 2022

FNESS is proud to have partnered with Indigenous Services Canada to deliver a National Winter Home Fire Safety Campaign to First Nation communities across Canada. The intent of the campaign is to create community-based awareness of home fire hazards encountered during the winter months and learn how to mitigate hazards to keep your families safe. Visit to learn more and to...

Exciting New Pilot

December 9, 2022

NEW - Wildland Fire Equipment Purchasing Program 2022-2023 Applications will be received starting December 9, 2022 until March 31, 2023 on a first come, first serve basis until funding is exhausted. 2022-2023 FNESS-ISC WFE Purchasing Program (pdf) 2022-2023 FNESS-ISC WFE Purchasing Program (doc)