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 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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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

Call for First Nation Artists - FNESS Logo Design Contest

May 16, 2022

Call for First Nations Artist Interpretations – FNESS Logo Design Contest In the summer of 2022, FNESS will be launching our new website and introducing our new logo. We are looking for First Nation Artists to submit their artwork that reflects our work, our values and the four pillars of emergency management.   The deadline for submissions is 4:00 pm...

2022 Flood Resources - Before, During and After a Flood

May 13, 2022

Do you know what to do before, during and after a flood? We have compiled a list of flood resources you and your community can refer to. Download a printable version here.  2022 Flood Resources – Before, During and After a Flood After a Flood: Get Prepared (Government of Canada - a MS Word version is available upon request)

Funding Announcement from UBCM

May 12, 2022

Applications are currently being accepted for the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund – Extreme Heat Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning Stream. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund has added a new funding stream for Extreme Heat Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning. The application deadline is June 24, 2022.   The intent of the Extreme Heat Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning funding stream is to...

UPDATE: 2022 Indigenous Firefighters Competition Tentative Schedule

April 22, 2022

UPDATE: 2022 Indigenous Firefighters Competition Registration Deadline: May 9th, 2022, One Week Left! The 2022 Indigenous Firefighter Competition is held in Esquimalt, BC on Saturday June 4th, 2022. The event is open to all First Nations’ Fire Departments in BC. Teams must follow the rules and requirements as outlined in the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) Firefighting Competition Manual.  *Hotel,...