Exploring fire governance and wildfire preparedness in Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it (Tobacco Plains) 

Dec 14, 2023

Recently, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it (Tobacco Plains) welcomed Dan Heaton, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) Regional Fire Services Officer, into their community to deliver Fire Governance information. The gathering’s turnout was strong with Chief and Council members participating both online and in person, along with the First Nation’s senior management and full-time Fire Chief.

Throughout the day, Dan presented the key components of fire governance and facilitated insightful conversations on the following topics:

  • Vital Importance of Fire Prevention
  • Three Tiers of Fire Prevention
  • Planning around Fire Protection
  • Risk Management and Liability
  • Emergency Management
  • Funding
  • Good Governance Leadership Practices

Rob Bosse, FNESS Wildfire Division Supervisor, also contributed to this important presentation by delivering an overview of the Wildland Firefighting Training program. When reflecting on the day, he remarked, “I quickly learned often it is community fire departments adding to their structural fire expertise with wildfire training, as Wildland Urban Interface fires have become all too common.”

This exchange of knowledge and insights help strengthen the community’s resilience in the face of both structural and wildfire challenges. We thank the Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it First Nation for inviting us into their community and raise our hands to the work they are doing to keep their community safe and traditions alive.

If you want to learn more about Fire Governance please contact fireservices@fness.bc.ca. For questions about the Wildland Firefighting Training Program, please contact wildfire@fness.bc.ca or visit the FNESS Wildfire Division webpage.