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.  


ISC Wildfires and First Nations Communities in BC - 2021 Wildfire Season FAQ's 
FNLC Emergency Management Services Memorandum of Understanding
ISC BCWS Wildfire Response Agreement
ISC EMBC Emergency Management Services Funding Agreement


Indigenous Community Support Fund: needs based funding requests. To help Indigenous communities and organizations prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Preparing Your Community for an Emergency
Wildfire Preparedness

WILDFIRE UPDATES - https://www.fness-eoc.ca/

Please note, the FNESS EOC will be demobilized by 4:00 pm, Friday, September 3, 2021. Updates to the EOC website will be completed periodically as situations change.



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

Red Cross - financial assistance https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/2021-british-columbia-fires

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 Wildfire Animal Evacuation Support - BC SPCA https://spca.bc.ca/bc-wildfire-animal-support/

Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) Consumer Information Centre: 1-844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422); askibcwest@ibc.ca

IBC Information related to wildfires: http://www.ibc.ca/bc/disaster/wildfires

Service Canada Outreach Support Centre - 1-877-631-2657. Line open from 8am to 4pm. eServiceCanada Service Request form https://eservices.canada.ca/en/service/


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/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/preparedbc-guides/wildfire_preparedness_guide.pdf

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

Climate Adaptation Canada - Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/

Climate Adaptation Canada - Checklist for Basement Flood Protection

Climate Adaptation Canada - 3 Steps to Home Flood Protection