Tier 1: Home Fire Protection

Home Fire Protection

“Fire losses (deaths, injuries, and destruction of property) in First Nation communities, particularly those on remote First Nations lands, far exceed those in comparable off-reserve communities. The First Nations per capita fire incidence rate is 2.4 times the per-capita rate for the rest of Canada. The death rate is 10.4 times greater; the fire injury rate is 2.5 times greater, and the fire damage per unit is 2.1 times greater”. (First Nations Fire Protection Strategy 2009-2019)

It is the First Nations Emergency Services Society’s goal to assist communities in reducing these alarming statistics in the province of British Columbia. To assist communities the Fire Services Department provides a few different services around Fire Prevention. Please read below for learn more about our Fire Prevention programs.

Smoke Alarm/Fire Extinguisher Program

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The Smoke Alarm Initiative and the Fire Extinguisher Initiative were launched in 2013 and 2016, respectively. These programs provide essential home fire safety equipment to Indigenous communities in British Columbia.

In November 2017, Kidde Canada sent a notice advising of a recall of fire extinguishers. The fire extinguishers that FNESS had distributed from the beginning of the program in 2016, until August 2017 were part of this recall. The Fire Services department has been working with First Nations to ensure the recalled extinguishers are replaced. Communities are encouraged to contact FNESS Fire Services if they have recalled Fire Extinguishers that they would like to exchange.

Communities interested in the Smoke Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Initiative can contact Fire Services Coordinator, Sarah Kent (skent@fness.bc.ca). Blank forms are available below, and any questions/concerns can be directed to Fire Services.

Fire Extinguishers Expression of Interestabc

Fire Extinguishers Expression of interest Supplementary-extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers Installation Completion Form

Smoke/Carbon MonoxideAlarm Guidelines for Expression of Interest

Smoke/Carbon MonoxideAlarm Guidelines for Supplementary

Smoke Alarm Installation Completion Form

Public Fire & Life Safety Education

Fire Safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether you are at home or at work. If we create fire safety habits and learn to reduce fire risks around us we can keep ourselves safe and reduce the fire death and injury rates. To assist with this, communities can request a Fire Services Officer to visit the community and present various Fire & Life Safety topics. These presentations can also be tailored to a particular fire safety issue that the community is concerned about. Some examples of presentation that we provide:

  • Fire & Life Safety for Adults
  • Fire Prevention in the Workplace
  • Fire & Life Safety for Elders

To request a Public Fire & Life Safety presentation in your community, simply contact FNESS Fire Services (fireservices@fness.bc.ca).

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Fire Safety School Education Program

Throughout the year FNESS works with schools in Indigenous communities to promote fire safety education in the following ways:

  • Fire safety presentations for schools
  • Providing resource material for classroom learning
  • Fire Prevention Week School Kits
  • Fire Prevention Week Poster/Video Contest
  • Work with fire departments to promote fire safety at their local schools

Every year FNESS delivers the in-school program.  We provide age-appropriate fire safety education for preschoolers through high school students. Schools schedule 30-minute sessions for each of their classroom groupings.    Your local Fire Department is invited to work alongside FNESS. 

Fire safety topics include preventing burns, lighters & matches, cooking safety, smoke alarms, reality of a house fire, home escape planning as well as career information about the fire service.

The presentations are engaging with lots of opportunity for students to practice fire safety skills and to ask questions and to tell their stories. We use several resources including the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner’s curriculum entitled “Getting to Know Fire” and the National Fire Prevention Association’s school curriculum entitled “Learn Not to Burn”.

Please contact Fire Services (fireservices@fness.bc.ca) for more information about the fire safety presentations and resource materials. Linked below is the Fire Safety School Education Program Application Form.

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Click here to download a School Fire & Life Safety Presentation Application Form

Fire Prevention Week Poster and Video Contest

FNESS has teamed up with other fire prevention organizations to encourage all BC schools and their students to participate in the annual Poster and Video Contest. Youth groups and home schoolers can enter the contest as well. Youth are asked to use the FPW theme to create a fire safety poster or a video. Entries received by the contest closing date will be entered in up to 3 contests!

CONTEST 1 is for Kindergarten to Grade 7 students in every school in BC

CONTEST 2 is our annual FNESS CONTEST for Preschool to Grade 12 students attending school in a BC Indigenous community.

CONTEST 3 The winners of the FNESS Contest will be entered in the annual Canada-wide Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) Contest.

FNESS is pleased to work with these agencies on the Fire Prevention Week Contest:

Fire Chiefs’ Assoc. of BC, Fire Prevention Officers’ of BC, BC Fire Training Officers Assoc., BC Office of the Fire Commissioner, BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, FortisBC, Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada and Indigenous Services Canada.

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Home Fire, Life Safety and Home Inspection Education

The Home Fire and Life Safety Workshop is beneficial for community residents. Topics include: common causes of home fires, what can be done to reduce the risk from fire, essential safety equipment that should be installed in each home, inspection, and maintenance of fire safety equipment,  and procedures for escaping a home fire.

The Home Inspection Workshop is directed primarily to management and staff who have responsibilities for housing and community safety. The workshop focuses on how to develop, enhance, and implement a community home inspection program.