FNESS Emergency Contacts

Emergencies are determined to be events that cannot be handled at the community response level.


Wayne Schnitzler - Interim Executive Director


Dean Colthorp - Manager, Emergency Services


Bob Mills - Manager, Emergency Management


Larry Price - Manager, Forest Fuel Management



If leaving a message, please provide your name, phone number, email address, community name and emergency concern.

Emergency Contacts listed here gives access to key FNESS individuals who can assist communities with emergency concerns or events. 

Please see the FNESS department contact lists for dealing with daily operations or business concerns.  


FNESS Daily Situation Report - Aug 5 2021
Preparing Your Community for an Emergency
Wildfire Preparedness
WILDFIRE UPDATES - https://www.fness-eoc.ca/

White Rock Lake Community Bulletin - Aug 5 2021

Provincial Wildfire Status Update - Aug 5 2021

Lytton Complex Community Bulletin - Aug 4 2021

Provincial Wildfire SItuation Summary - Aug 4 2021

Okanagan Complex Community Bulletin - Aug 1 2021


EMBC Central PREOC Operations Chief – 250-312-6623 ops1@gov.bc.ca

EMBC 24-hour Emergency Reporting Hotline – 1-800-663-3456

Indigenous Services Canada Duty Officer – 604-209-9709 do@canada.ca

Red Cross Reunification Line – 1-800-863-6582. Line open from 8am to 8pm, every day

First Nations Health Authority – 1-855-550-5454 https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/environmental-health/wildfire-information 

Veteran Affairs Canada - Veteran or RCMP Mental Health Support - 1-800-268-7708

BC SPCA Okanagan/Kootenays Emergency Animal Rescue – 250-571-0849


Emergency Management BC’s Emergency Management Planning Toolkit for Local Authorities and First Nations at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/local-emergency-programs/local-emergency-planning    

Create an emergency plan for your family and home at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/make-your-plan

FireSmartTM Homeowner’s Manual and Landscaping Guide  https://firesmartbc.ca/resource-types/guides-manuals/

PreparedBC’s Wildfire Preparedness Guide https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/wildfires

The Emergency Evacuee Guidance Website https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/emergency-evacuees