Tier 1: Home Fire Protection

Smoke Alarm/Fire Extinguisher Program

smoke alarm

The smoke alarm program was launched in 2013 and the Fire Extinguisher program in 2016. Since the start of the program, FNESS continues to engage First Nations for first orders and to provide supplementary orders to those previously engaged.

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 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.

An Expression of Interest form to obtain the smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers can be downloaded here: Smoke Alarm Campaign

Home Fire, Life Safety and Home Inspection Education and Development of Champions

The Home Fire and Life Safety Workshop is beneficial for community residents. Topics include the 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. 

The community champion, with the support of the Chief and Council by means of a BCR, ensures that each home has developed an escape plan. Further, the champion has continuous support from FNESS to remain engaged with the community as they promote fire and life safety messages.

“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.

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, First Nations 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 do:

  • 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 download a “Community Fire & Life Safety Presentation Application Form” and fax it into our North Vancouver office to Esther Winder, Fire Services Coordinator.

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

School Fire & Life Safety Education

It has been proven that children and the elderly are the most at risk of fire-related death and injury. We must educate children and help them build fire safe habits from an early age so that they know how to react when facing a situation related to fire hazards in a real fire situation.

Thus, the Fire Services Department offers school presentations to First Nation community schools. These presentations are delivered to all ages and can be tailored to a particular fire safety issue that the school is concerned about.

In our presentations, we use the “Getting to Know Fire” program which is a British Columbia Public Fire and Life Safety Education Curriculum that is being utilized throughout the province.  FNESS is also a member of the British Columbia Public Fire and Life Safety Education Advisory Committee.

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

Home Fire & Life Safety Inspections Workshop

In 2010 the Fire Services Department recognized the need to expand our Fire Prevention training audience to include First Nations community members outside of the Fire Services. This was due to the increased enquires coming in from other administrative departments and or communities that did not have an active volunteer fire service in their community.

In 2011 in an effort to address these enquires we have expanded and developed a workshop to include not only volunteer fire service personnel but others in the community who are interested in educating their community on fire and life safety issues.

In this workshop titled “Home Fire & Life Safety Surveys” the participants will:

  • Learn the importance of fire prevention in the home.
  • Learn what key things you should be looking for during a home survey.
  • Gain the skills to educate the public around fire safety issues in their home.
  • Learn how to deal with different personalities in your community.
  • Learn different ways to deliver key fire safety messages.
  • Learn where to access valuable fire safety educational material and information.

These workshops are primarily prescheduled at location throughout the province but if your community is interested in hosting a “Home Fire & Life Safety Inspections Workshop”, please contact our Fire Services Coordinator at (604) 669-7305 for more information.

To register and participate in an upcoming workshop, simply download a Fire Training Application Form and fax it into our North Vancouver office to Fire Services Coordinator.

Other Fire Prevention issues

If you have other Fire & Life Safety issues or concerns and wish to speak with a Fire Services Officer, please contact our office at (604) 669-7305 or toll-free at 1-888-822-3388 and ask to speak to the Fire Services Department.

Click here to see a complete contact list for the Fire Services Department