Tier 2: Community Fire Protection

Youth Engagement Initiative

The main objective of the Youth Engagement initiative is to empower First Nations youth to actively participate in developing and sustaining the safety of their communities through fire prevention and public awareness activities. This initiative encourages youth to learn about fire safety, community fire prevention and what it takes to be part of the fire service.

FNESS works with schools and fire departments to deliver the two-day Fire Prevention Camp for their community’s high school students and young adults.  Youth learn about the reality of house fires, the critical fire safety equipment needed in every home and practical fire prevention skills. Firefighter skills are introduced as a way for the youth to understand the training and commitment it takes to be an active member of their own fire department.

Fire safety presentations are a key part of the program.  In teams, youth prepare fire safety talks about working smoke alarms, kitchen safety, fire extinguishers and home escape plans. These presentations are held in their school gym to a very supportive audience of students, staff, families, and community members. This is a high energy, hands-on program that asks youth to be actively involved.

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Gathering Our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership (GOV)

FNESS looks forward to participating in Gathering Our Voices.  Every March, GOV brings together up to 2,000 Indigenous youth delegates as well as chaperones, Elders, speakers, guests, entertainment, staff and volunteers. Young Indigenous people from across Canada are invited to join us to explore, to learn and to engage with culture among peers.

This four-day event is organized by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centers and hosted by a BC community.  FNESS works with local fire departments and fire prevention organizations to deliver fire prevention workshops for the youth delegates.  In 2020, Be a Firefighter and the Call to Duty: Modern Wildfire workshops will be a combined effort with Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Wildfire and FNESS.  FNESS also staffs a booth at the two-day career fair.  Information about FNESS services, fire safety and opportunities in the fire service are shared with delegates.

For more information about Gathering Our Voices go to: https://gatheringourvoices.ca