Additional Fire Services Program


Engaging Municipal Service Providers

Engage local governments (and fire departments) to explore opportunities for mentorships and joint training initiatives and/or securing MTSA’s with First Nations. The exchange of ideas and best practices, may lead to improvements in fire service operations in First Nation communities.

Building a level of mutual understanding between local governments and First Nations communities, results in future regional support and collaborations. Information sharing supports improvements and best practices for all communities.

MTSA’s are an option for delivering community fire protection services and a great alternative for a community that does not currently have the capacity to operate and maintain a fire department. Fire protection services are purchased from a neighbouring First Nation community or Municipal/local government on a fee-for-service basis or other terms mutually agreed to.

Fire Incident Reporting

Tracking of fire incidents is critical to enhancing fire protection and prevention activities at all Tiers for First Nations and to ensure effective utilization of funding and resource allocation for future programming.  Incident reporting directly informs any changes required.

Should you have a False Alarm, Grassfire, Structure Fire, or Car Fire, to name a few, please follow the link to find our Fire Incident Report, then fill in the report as best you can and forward it to FNESS at the address specified on the Fire Incident Report.  This information is treated as confidential and greatly helps us track types of occurrences.


Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) Program

Fire Safety Assessments (FSA) of First Nation communities is conducted by Indigenous Services of Canada.The purpose of the FSA is to assess the overall level of fire safety of a community and to provide options to enhance the level of fire protection.

Communities are invited to apply for funding as part of the FSA Follow-up Project in order to work towards completing recommendations as they relate to enhancing Tier 1 and Tier 2 activities and programs. Examples of activities that could be implemented include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparation of a comprehensive fire protection plan to address the recommendations of the FSA Report
  • Activities and initiatives that support home and community fire prevention 
  • Initiatives that contribute to enhancing fire protection governance

This program will roll out once we have finalized our exploration as to what the next format of a Fire Safety Assessment should entail.

Request for programs- See link to Presentation request forms