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COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #44 / May 25, 2020

May 26, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #44 / May 25, 2020 Link:  COVID-19 UPDATE #44 / May 25, 2020

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #43 / May 22, 2020

May 26, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #43 / May 22, 2020 Link:  COVID-19 REGION UPDATE #43 / May 22, 2020

NFPA Alternative Fuels Vehicles Training Info

May 25, 2020 — NFPA Alternative Fuels Vehicles Training Info Link:  NFPA Alternative Fuels Vehicles Training

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #42 / May 20, 2020

May 21, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #42 / May 20, 2020 Link:  COVID-19 UPDATE #42 / May 20, 2020  

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #41 / May 15, 2020

May 20, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #41 / May 15, 2020 Link:  COVID-19 UPDATE #41 / May 15, 2020

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #40 / May 13, 2020

May 15, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #40 / May 13, 2020 Link:  COVID-19 Message from ISC BC Region Update #40

Emergency Management BC - Launching COVID Learning for Kids & Colouring Contest

May 14, 2020 — Emergency Management BC - Launching COVID Learning for Kids & Colouring Contest Emergency Management BC kicking-off the launch of COVID COLOURING CONTEST!  Kids, and those young at heart, can choose a colouring sheet and show their skills for a chance to win a 4-person, deluxe emergency kit and a set of walkie-talkies. Some great prizes—to kids across BC

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #38 / May 8, 2020

May 12, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #38 / May 8, 2020 Link:  COVID-19 Update #38  

Fire Services for April

May 11, 2020 — Fire Services for April This month, things have been a little different for Fire Services. In April, Fire Services worked in partnership with FNLC (First Nations Leadership Council), EMBC (Emergency Management B.C.), FNHA (First Nations Health Authority), and the FCABC (Fire Chiefs Association of B.C.) to provide support to Indigenous communities across the province. We have been actively working with...

Update from Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit

May 11, 2020 — Update from Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit Link: Provincial supply chain update  

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #36 / May 6, 2020

May 8, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #36 / May 6, 2020 Link:  update 36

Resources Sites on wildfire and flood news from FNHA and partners

May 6, 2020 — Resources Sites on wildfire and flood news from FNHA and partners. BC River Forecast Centre Flood Warnings and Advisories (LINK) Current Streamflow Conditions and Flood Forecast Modeling (LINK) Snow Conditions and Water Supply Bulletins (LINK) Environment Canada Current BC Weather Conditions (LINK) BC Weather Radar (LINK) First Nations Health Authority Flood Resources (LINK) Emergency Management BC Spring Flooding Response -...

PreparedBC's website

May 6, 2020 — PreparedBC's: Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc

BC First Responders' Mental Health resource link

May 6, 2020 — BC First Responders' Mental Health resource link: https://bcfirstrespondersmentalhealth.com/reach-out/

Update #34 from ISC BC Region for May 4, 2020

May 5, 2020 — Update #34 from ISC BC Region for May 4, 2020 Link:  https://fnps.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/iscbc_update34.pdf

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #33 / May 1, 2020

May 5, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #33 / May 1, 2020         

FNHA on Sharing the Harvest during the Pandemic

May 1, 2020 — FNHA on Sharing the Harvest during the Pandemic - Safety Precautions for Distributing Traditional Foods. Link;  FNHA on Sharing the Harvest during the Pandemic      

Infographic - Pathways for support to indigenous communities

April 30, 2020 — Infographic - Pathways for support to indigenous communities. Link:  Infographic - Pathways for support to indigenous communities

FNESS' Youtube Channel

April 30, 2020 —   FNESS' Youtube Channel is up and running, come and watch and subscribe. Link:  https://youtu.be/T_q-q2dIfK8  

Frequently Asked Questions from Local Governments and First Nations on the COVID-19 response.

April 29, 2020 — Frequently Asked Questions from Local Governments and First Nations on the COVID-19 response.  Here is the Link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/local-emergency-programs/local-government-first-nations-faq

Support Services Direct Payment Guidance effective April 23

April 28, 2020 — Please find below the approved Emergency Support Services Direct Payment Guidance effective April 23 until updated or rescinded. The Direct Payment Guidelines was created to support teams in responding in the COVID environment which allows teams a range of supplier options and flexibility. It’s important to note that supports must still be in line with the ESS Program parameters and...

Sent on behalf of EMBC. Link for sandbagging during COVID 19:

April 28, 2020 — Sent on behalf of EMBC. Please see the link below for the procedures for sandbagging during COVID 19: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/flood-response

FNESS' Youtube Channel

April 28, 2020 — FNESS' Youtube Channel is up and running, come and watch and subscribe. Youth Engagement

Update#29 COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - April 27, 2020

April 28, 2020 — Update#29 COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - April 27, 2020 Link:  Update #29                

FireSmart BC - Help Us Spread the Word About FireSmart

April 24, 2020 — FireSmart BC - Help Us Spread the Word About FireSmart BC FireSmart Social Media Overview (3.4 MB) FireSmart BC is very excited to announce the launch of a fully integrated public relations campaign this spring/summer to spread the word about FireSmart throughout BC and we need your help! The overall theme is focused on celebrity spokesperson Bryan Reid Sr. from...

Provincial Wildfire Status Update

April 24, 2020 — Provincial Wildfire Status Update Link:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

Provincial Wildfire Status Update: April 23, 2020

April 24, 2020 — Provincial Wildfire Status Update: April 23, 2020 Link:  Provincial Wildfire Status Update April 23                                                                                          

Updated Recovery Guide for Local Authorities and First Nations

April 23, 2020 — Updated Recovery Guide for Local Authorities and First Nations From EMBC: EMBC Recovery has posted an updated Recovery Guide for Local Authorities and First Nations to the Local Emergency Program Guidelines web site; Disaster Recovery Guidehttps://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/local-…/disaster_recovery_guide.pdf Local Emergency Program Guidelines: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/local-emergency-programs/guidelines The guidelines are intended for freshet and wildfire recovery. However some of the tools and information will be useful for...

COVID-19 Coordination

April 22, 2020 — COVID-19 Coordination First Nation communities are dealing with so much in managing their response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here is some info on how various departments and organizations are working together to provide coordinated support and where you can get accurate and up-to-date information.                                     ...

Guidelines for Flood Response during COVID19 from EMBC

April 21, 2020 — Guidelines for Flood Response during COVID19 from EMBC PECC APU working with BC Wildfire Service, Water Management, Health, WorkSafeBC and other stakeholders have put together guidelines for Flood response during the COVID-19 event. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/flood-response

View the current fire bans and restrictions for the province

April 16, 2020 — View the current fire bans and restrictions for the province with this link:  http://ow.ly/jYpq30qyltP Facebook page for social media updates: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo   

AFAC has introduced a COVID19 Youth Awareness Campaign via their Facebook Page

April 16, 2020 — AFAC has introduced a COVID19 Youth Awareness Campaign via their Face Book site and here is the link: AFAC Facebook Page  

Provincial Flood Emergency Plan

April 14, 2020 — Provincial Flood Emergency Plan Link:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/provincial-emergency-planning/provincial-flood-emergency-plan.pdf#page=2

EMBC Guidance for PPE Supplies & Request Form

April 9, 2020 — EMBC Guidance for PPE Supplies for FN Fire Departments & PPE and Sanitation Supply Resource Request Form Link:  EMBC Guidance for PPE Supplies Link:  PPE and Sanitation Supply Resource Form  

The Emergency Support Services (ESS) Modernization Project Team

April 8, 2020 — The Emergency Support Services (ESS) Modernization Project Team The Emergency Support Services (ESS) Modernization Project Team recognizes the need to support virtual delivery of ESS wherever possible. EMBC is accelerating the implementation of the Evacuee Registration Assistance (ERA) tool to provide all Local Authorities and First Nation communities an opportunity to on-board to the new online ERA tool. Recognizing the...

PROVINCE WIDE FIRE BAN implemented 12 noon (PDT) April 16, 2020

April 8, 2020 — PROVINCE WIDE FIRE BAN Sent: April 8, 2020 10:46 AM Subject: Province-wide Fire Ban Please find attached and below, an Information Bulletin regarding a province-wide open burning prohibition that will be implemented at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on April 16, 2020.  In coordination with the broader Provincial Government, the B.C. Wildfire Service has prohibited the use of Category...

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) Business Continuity and COVID-19 April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020 — First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) Business Continuity and COVID-19 April 7, 2020 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve in BC, Canada, and internationally. In response to the continued pandemic in British Columbia and based on the guidance of public health officials, the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) have made a few changes to our operations that will be...

Information Bulletin: Category 2, Category 3, Resource Open Management Fires to be prohibited

April 7, 2020 — Information Bulletin: Category 2, Category 3, Resource Open Management Fires to be prohibited For Immediate Release 2020FLNR0019-000642 April 7, 2020 Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service INFORMATION BULLETIN Category 2, Category 3, Resource Open Management Fires to be prohibited  FLNRO Immediate Release: Information Bulletin (533 KB) FLNRO Immediate Release: Information Bulletin - Map...

Emergency Management Community Notice- April 2, 2020

April 3, 2020 — Emergency Management Community Notice- April 2, 2020 Link:  Emergency Management Community Notice- April 2, 2020

Provincial Health Officer order regarding notifying first responders

April 2, 2020 — Provincial Health Officer order regarding notifying first responders 1059957_Provincial_Health_Officer_order_regarding_notifying_first_responders.pdf — Page 1 Please see the following information regarding notifying First Responders  https://fcabc.ca/index.php/covid-homepage To:          The Fire Chiefs Association of BC Re:         Provincial Health Officer order regarding notifying first responders In response to the order issued today by the Provincial Health Officer regarding changing the notifying...

FNESS COVID Updates

March 31, 2020 — FNESS COVID Updates FNESS COVID Updates       

FCABC Medical Operating Guidelines

March 31, 2020 — FCABC Medical Operating Guidelines Link:  FCABC Medical Operating Guidelines  

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

March 26, 2020 — Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Events can take place between Saturday May 2 - October 31, 2020  https://firesmartcanada.ca/…/wildfire-community-preparedne…/

Cancellation of our 2020 FNESS Indigenous Firefighter Competition

March 25, 2020 — Cancellation of our 2020 FNESS Indigenous Firefighter Competition FNESS is disappointed to announce the cancellation of our 2020 FNESS Indigenous Firefighter Competition due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Our event was to be in partnership with the BCFTOA 2020 Conference, which has now been cancelled as well. This event has been cancelled in alignment with provincial and federal policies restricting...

*POSTPONED* NORTHWEST: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop May 7, 2020

March 24, 2020 — POSTPONED* NORTHWEST: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop May 7, 2020 Important information regarding Prescribed Burn Workshop in response to COVID-19 POSTPONED ~ May 7, 2020   March 24, 2020 Good Afternoon – Northwest Region Indigenous  Communities, Re: Joint Indigenous Fire Knowledge & Prescribed Burning Regional Engagement Workshop | Northwest Region – May 7, 2020 *POSTPONED* In light of the recent recommendations...

*POSTPONED* PRINCE GEORGE REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop APRIL 28, 2020

March 24, 2020 — *POSTPONED* PRINCE GEORGE REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop APRIL 28, 2020 Important information regarding Prescribed Burn Workshop in response to COVID-19 POSTPONED ~ April 28, 2020   March 24, 2020 Good Afternoon – Prince George Region Indigenous  Communities, Re: Joint Indigenous Fire Knowledge & Prescribed Burning Regional Engagement Workshop | Prince George Region – April 28, 2020 *POSTPONED*  In light...

*POSTPONED* Cultural Burn Survey

March 24, 2020 — *POSTPONED: Cultural Burn Survey INFORMED CONSENT: Prescribed Burn Survey Responses were due by April 30, 2020 (11:59 pm Pacific Time). *POSTPONED SURVEY: Prescribed Burn Participation in First Nations Cultural Burning Revitalization Needs Assessment Survey: You are being invited to participate in this survey to identify needs in revitalizing cultural burning practices in First Nations communities throughout British Columbia (BC). The information...

*POSTPONED* CARIBOO REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop APRIL 15, 2020

March 23, 2020 — *POSTPONED* CARIBOO REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop APRIL 15, 2020 Important information regarding Prescribed Burn Workshop in response to COVID-19 POSTPONED ~ April 15, 2020   March 23, 2020 Re: Joint Indigenous Fire Knowledge & Prescribed Burning Regional Engagement Workshop | Cariboo – April 15, 2020 *POSTPONED* In light of the recent recommendations from provincial health officials regarding novel coronavirus...

*POSTPONED* COASTAL REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop APRIL 8, 2020

March 18, 2020 — POSTPONED COASTAL REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop   Important information regarding Prescribed Burn Workshop in response to COVID-19 POSTPONED ~ April 8, 2020   March 17, 2020 Coastal Indigenous  Communities, Joint Indigenous Fire Knowledge & Prescribed Burning Regional Engagement Workshop | Coastal – April 8, 2020 *POSTPONED* In light of the recent recommendations from provincial health officials regarding novel coronavirus...

Gathering Our Voices 2020 cancelled due to health concerns with COVID-19

March 12, 2020 —   Gathering Our Voices 2020 cancelled due to health concerns with COVID-19  Media Bulletin – British Columbia March 12, 2020 Gathering Our Voices 2020 cancelled due to health concerns with COVID-19 Link:  GOV 2020 Cancelled

Bright Light Interview with Brenden Mercer

March 11, 2020 — Bright Light Interview with Brenden Mercer Brenden Mercer, RFT FNESS FFM Staff Bright Lights for ISC Interviewed by Liz Wilson in November 2019 Youth engagement in fire prevention is incredibly important to us at FNESS. We provide a variety of youth programs including our Youth Engagement Camps and Fire Prevention School presentations, and we participate in the British Columbia Fire...

Bright Light Interview with S. Humchitt

March 11, 2020 — Bright Light Interview with S. Humchitt Name:  Sarah Humchitt - 20 years old Community/Fire Department:  Heiltsuk Tribal Council Interviewed by Liz Wilson on October 21, 2019 Throughout the year, FNESS offers various emergency training events to Indigenous communities in British Columbia. FNESS encourages Indigenous youth to attend both youth-focused events and additional fire prevention training. Sarah Humchitt is a 20-year-old...

Bright Light Interview with Chris Frei

March 11, 2020 — Bright Light Interview with Chris Frei In June 2019, FNESS hosted a Safety Expo and a provincial firefighting competition for Indigenous communities in British Columbia. The participants included youth and adults from across the province, who attended various training, competition, and social events. The Expo was an amazing opportunity for many Indigenous youth to learn firefighting fundamentals and advanced skills....

Bright Light Interview with Gilbert Vickers Jr.

March 11, 2020 — Bright Light Interview with Gilbert Vickers Jr. Name: Gilbert Vickers Jr. (23 years old) Community/Fire Department: Saik’uz First Nation Interviewed by Liz Wilson on October 30, 2019 Each year, FNESS organizes the Safety Expo and the Provincial Firefighters Competition. At the 35th Annual Provincial Firefighting Competition in June 2019, Saik’uz First Nation won the BC championship. Their win at this...

Bright Light Interview with Randal Johnson Jr

March 11, 2020 — Bright Light Interview with Randal Johnson Jr. Randal Johnson Jr. Lax Kw’alaams Member of the Lax Kw’alaams Fire Department 25 years old Interviewed by Liz Wilson on January 17, 2020 In January 2020, FNESS staff had the pleasure of working with Randal Johnson Jr at the Fire Prevention Youth Camp in Lax Kw’alaams.  His community – Lax Kw’alaams – is...

FNESS 2020 Indigenous Firefighter Competition and BCFTOA Firefighter Training

March 10, 2020 —   FNESS 2020 Indigenous Firefighter Competition and BCFTOA Firefighter Training FNESS is excited to announce the 2020 Indigenous Firefighter Competition in partnership with the 2020 BCFTOA Conference, the City of Pitt Meadows, and Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue. Special thank you to our hosts: Katzie First Nation and Kwikwetlem First Nation. To register for the competition and/or training please use...

NORTHWEST REGION: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop MAY 7, 2020

March 5, 2020 — NORTHWEST REGION: Prescribed Burning Workshop MAY 7, 2020 Northwest: Prescribed Burning Workshop Agenda MAY 7, 2020 (245 KB) Stay tuned for the Registration Form...

PRINCE GEORGE: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop APRIL 28, 2020

March 5, 2020 — PRINCE GEORGE: Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshop ~ April 28, 2020 Prince George Engagement Workshop AGENDA (245 KB) Stay tuned for Registration Form...

AdventureSmart

February 27, 2020 — AdventureSmart Here is the link for registration for either event:  https://fness19.wufoo.com/forms/z1xvpxms1roycg5/

FFM Community Profile Honoring ~ Seabird Island Band

February 11, 2020 — The Seabird Island reserve lands fall within the traditional territory of the Stó:lō Nation, an area rich in resources that provides food for the people and serves as valued goods for trade with adjacent Nations. The Stó:lō are “the river people” and thus share an inseparable connection with the land and its water, air, wildlife and plants. The primary objective...

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering & Emergency Management

January 28, 2020 — Indigenous Knowledge Gathering & Emergency Management: WHEN March 3 & 4th , 2020 9pm - 4pm each day WHERE Territory of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation Uda dune Baiyoh - House of Ancestors Conference Centre 355 Vancouver St, Prince George, BC V2L 2P1 PURPOSE: To create a framework for annual guided dialogue in BC on how to facilitate the “braiding” of...

Prescribed Burning Engagement Workshops (6)

January 24, 2020 — Joint Indigenous Fire Knowledge & Prescribed Burning Regional Engagement Workshops Prescribed Burning 6-Workshops (279 KB) The First Nations' Emergency Services Society and British Columbia Wildfire Service are hosting 6-Regional Engagement Workshops through BC. The Locations will be determined using the results of the cultural burning survey conducted in December 2019. These workshops are based on recommendations within the Abbott/Chapman report Addressing...

Master of Disaster Program

January 23, 2020 — Master of Disaster Program Grade 4 to 8 teachers will find the Master of Disaster Program a great resource for their students. Newly updated material on Emergency Preparedness. The program includes Indigenous Traditional Knowledge on the Great Tsunami and Cultural Burning. Easy to order classroom sets with a teacher’s guide. Master of Disaster Kits and shipping are provided at no...

Wildfire Prevention - Mitigation Funding Notice

January 21, 2020 — 2020-2021 First Nations' Emergency Services Society (FNESS) - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Program The FNESS - ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Program is managed by First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS). Grant administration is provided by FNESS with provision of funding by ISC. The initiative supports First Nations communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the...

Happy New Year from Emergency Management Department

January 15, 2020 —   Happy New Year from Emergency Management Department Big Bar Land Slide Support and Honoring Ceremony First Nation Incident Command Unified Command First Nations, Province – FLNRO, Federal DFO & Canada Coast Guard Began day with First Nation Protocols at ICP First Nations technical call weekly Provided visits to the incident for First Nations Ceremony at incident FNESS coordinated Pinks...

FNESS Poster Contest 2019 Update

January 13, 2020 — FNESS Poster Contest Update 2019      poster contest update (625 KB)

Fire Safety Expo 2020

January 6, 2020 — FNESS 2020 Provincial Firefighter Competition In partnership with the 2020 BCFTOA Training Conference May 23-28, 2020 | Coquitlam, B.C.

Indigenous Knowledge Survey

December 19, 2019 — Indigenous Knowledge Survey First Nations Cultural Burning Revitalization Needs Assessment Survey *Closed Friday December 20, 2019 (11:59pm PT) - Thank you for your participation! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CYLXC5M  Q. What is First Nations Cultural Burning? A. First Nations Cultural Burning is utilization of traditional knowledge, values and objectives in regard to traditional burning practices from a First Nations perspective.

2019 Happy Holiday

December 13, 2019 — Wishing you a safe and wonderful holiday season filled with joy, love, happiness, peace and prosperity in the New Year.      

Happy Holiday from Fire Services!

December 11, 2019 —   Happy Holiday from Fire Services! Fire Services is happy to announce the addition of two new team members: Dean Colthorp (Fire Services Manager) and Brian Lauzon (Fire Services Officer). We warmly welcome Dean and Brian and look forward to the experience and skill set they bring to our team. A major focus this month was our Fire Prevention Week...

Oct Fire Services

November 13, 2019 — Fire Services Here at Fire Services, October means Fire Prevention Week! Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is an annual event in Canada. On October 9th, 2019, FNESS was pleased to join the Province of BC and other provincial fire prevention organizations in the official announcement of Fire Prevention Week 2019.  Esther Winder and Liz Wilson of FNESS Fire Services Department, travelled...

Province responded to almost all Abbott-Chapman recommendations

November 4, 2019 — Province responded to almost all Abbott-Chapman recommendations Abbott-Chapman (Oct 31/19) (1.04 MB)

Please post & share *Important Notice | ISC FireSmart 2020-2021

November 4, 2019 — Please post & share *Important Notice | ISC FireSmart 2020-2021 ISC FireSmart 2020-21 (115 KB)

Information from the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner

October 29, 2019 — Information from the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner November 1 to 7 has been proclaimed as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in B.C. As we have seen in the media, too many people die or become ill because of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. But CO poisoning can be prevented. That’s why fire departments, educators, government and industry are working together to teach...

Fire Prevention Week 2019

October 10, 2019 — Fire Prevention Week 2019 On October 9 2019, FNESS was pleased to join the Province of BC and other provincial fire prevention organizations in the official announcement of Fire Prevention Week 2019.  Esther Winder and Liz Wilson, FNESS Fire Services Department, travelled to Victoria to take part in the event.  Fire Prevention Week 2019 is a time for schools, fire...

Rural Team Leader Training - Chilliwack October 17-19

October 8, 2019 — Rural Team Leader Training - Chilliwack: October 17-19 Time: 8am-4pm Location: Chilliwack Fire Department                  45950 Cheam Ave                  Chilliwack, BC Day 1 JIBC EMRG 1200 (Incident Command System) Day 2&3 JIBC FIRE 1065 (Rural Team Lead) A small travel Subsidy is available to communities to assist with travel costs (up to 200km round trip).  Light lunch, refreshments/snacks provided daily. *Please...

Wildland Fire Fighting Training

October 2, 2019 — Wildland Fire Fighting Training Please contact Shane Wardrobe  or Darrick Andrew  for more details.

Planning Wildfire Resilient Communities - Outreach & Engagement Workshops

September 24, 2019 — Planning Wildfire Resilient Communities - Outreach & Engagement Workshops  Help shape the future of community wildfire resiliency planning in B.C.!  In partnership with the BC FireSmart Committee, the BC Wildfire Service is conducting a comprehensive review of its approach toward supporting community wildfire actions. This review process represents a unique opportunity to learn from previous Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) and...

Swiftwater Online Training

September 20, 2019 — Swiftwater Online Training Emergency Management BC has retained the services of Rescue Canada to provide online flood and swift-water hazard awareness training at no cost to you.

BC Hydro Online First Responder Training

September 20, 2019 — BC Hydro on-line First Responder Training There are three free on line training programs available For Trades Workers For First Responders Electrical Safety Resources Here is a link to BC Hydro website. https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/electrical-safety/worker-training.html

FOR REVIEW: draft CRI Webinar Invitation

September 10, 2019 — FOR REVIEW: draft CRI Webinar Invitation SUBJECT: You’re invited! – Community Resiliency Investment program webinar  Please join representatives from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society, the BC Wildfire Service, FireSmartBC and the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia for a webinar about the 2020 intake for the Community Resiliency Investment program.  Who: Representatives from First Nations...

Spuzzum First Nation

August 15, 2019 — Forest Fuel Management Community Profile: Spuzzum First Nation The First Nation community of the Spuzzum First Nation is situated in the coastal-interior transitional zone of the Fraser Canyon region of British Columbia, an area where wildfires are a natural part of the landscape. Wildfires occur frequently, generally every 4 to 50 years in any given location. Changing conditions in our...

FNESS Expo Wrap Up

July 16, 2019 — We wrapped up five big days at the annual FNESS Safety Expo in Penticton. Ten teams competed in the 35th Annual Fire Fighter Competition. Fire fighters from twelve communities participated. The team from Saik’uz won first place and will represent BC at the National Firefighter Competition on August 17, 2019 in the host community of Eskasoni First Nation in Nova...

25th Annual FNESS' Annual General Meeting

June 26, 2019 — 25th Annual FNESS' Annual General Meeting on July 6, 2019 FNESS' AGM Map: Hotel Map   Alternate Attendance Participation:Contact Info@fness.bc.ca for Conference information and instructions by July 4, 2019

2019 Firefighter Training in Penticton, BC: FortisBC Gas Awareness

June 20, 2019 — 2019 Firefighter Training in Penticton, BC: FortisBC Gas Awareness

2019 Fire Safety Expo Training: Wildland

June 20, 2019 — Wildland - At the Penticton Indian Band Fire Department Urban Interface / Structure Protection    

2019 Fire Safety Expo Training: Auto Extrication - At the Penticton Fire Department Training Grounds

June 19, 2019 — 2019 Fire Safety Expo Training: Auto Extrication - At the Penticton Fire Department Training Grounds  

2019 Firefighter Competition

June 19, 2019 —  2019 Firefighter Competion - Penticton, BC    

2019 Firefighter Competition Winners

June 11, 2019 — 2019 Firefighter Competition Winners Photo 1: First Place - Saikuz Photo 2: Second Place - Penalakut Team 1 Photo 3: Third Place - Heiltsuk  

Revitalizing Cultural Burning

May 28, 2019 — Revitalizing Cultural Burning http://fness.bc.ca/core-programs/forest-fuel-management/first-nations-adapt-program

Adaptation Canada 2020 - Call for abstracts open

May 21, 2019 — Adaptation Canada 2020 - Call for abstracts open Adaptation - Call for abstracts open (119 KB)

BC AFN sign an agreement to improve Emergency Management Services for First Nations

May 15, 2019 — BC AFN sign an agreement to improve Emergency Management Services for First Nations: https://bcafn.ca/canada-british-columbia-and-first-nations-leadership-council-sign-tripartite-memorandum-of-understanding-to-improve-emergency-management-services-for-bc-first-nations/    

Funding Announcement from EMBC

May 15, 2019 — Funding Announcement from EMBC Pertain to Funding for Small Fire Departments Including First Nations:  Read more  

Thank you to FortisBC and Sun-Rype

May 8, 2019 — FortisBC and Sun-Rype has jumped on board again to support the FNESS Safety Expo! You will see FortisBC at the BCFire Expo on June 2 & 3. FortisBC will be part of the Firefighter Training on June 4 to 6. Thank you FortisBC and Sun-Rype for supporting community safety!  Registration package to FNESS Safety Expo:      

Info from TDG Stakeholder Information Team

May 3, 2019 — Info from TDG Stakeholder Information Team:   The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate is pleased to announce the publication of the video:  "Responding to Railcar Incidents Involving Flammable Liquids"  You will find the video on our website in the following sections by clicking on the links below:  Video Gallery http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/video-menu.htm  What’s New https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/safety-menu.htm  Safety Awareness Kit for First Responders https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/safety-awareness-kit-first-responders.html  In...

FireSmart Media Release April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019 — FireSmart Media Release April 26, 2019 FireSmart Press Release (80.8 KB) FireSmart communications goals are: (1) to urge residents to join forces and help their entire community become a FireSmart Recognized Community, and (2) drive the public to FireSmart BC’s new website: https://firesmartbc.ca/  Please feel free to follow FireSmart on social media and share, Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCFireSmart Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firesmartbc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firesmartbc/...

The Fire Awakened Us: Tsilhqot’in report- 2017 wildfires

April 25, 2019 —   The Fires Awakened Us: Tsihqot'in Report  

FNESS Safety Expo June 2019 in Penticton

April 17, 2019 —                       April 18, 2019 Dear First Nations Fire Departments and Communities, FNESS invites you to participate in the annual FNESS Safety Expo Dates: Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019 Place: Penticton, BC. FNESS Safety Expo Hi-Lites:    There is no cost to participate! 35th Annual Regional First Nations’ Firefighter Competition A maximum of 6 participants...

FNESS Safety Expo

April 12, 2019 —     FNESS Safety Expo:  No cost to participate. 35th Annual Region First Nations’ Firefighter Competition and two days of Firefighter Training. Tuesday, June 4 Wednesday, June 5 Thursday, June 6  

Wildfire Prevention for Outdoor Recreationalists

April 9, 2019 —    Wildfire Prevention for Outdoor Recreationalists  Compliments of BC Wildfire Service Prevention means stopping wildfires before they start. Discarded cigarette butts, campfires, hot exhaust pipes coming into contact with dry grass and vegetation, power tools (such as chainsaws), Tiki torches and even discarded glass can all ignite a wildfire. It is important to exercise caution when in the outdoors, not...

FFM Community Profile Honoring~Akisqnuk First Nation

April 9, 2019 —   Compliments of Yvan Kathriner, RPF | Nupqu Development Corporation [excerpts from Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP Updated 2016] The Akisqnuk First Nation community is located on the east side of Lake Windermere between the communities of Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. The community is transected by Highway 93/95, which runs north to south. Large parcels of private land are...

Call for Artists for the Indigenous FireSmart Booklet - now launched!

March 27, 2019 — https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/indigenous-informed-firesmart-booklet/

Community Resiliency Investment

March 12, 2019 — Applications submitted December 7, 2018 are under review – Notices will be sent out in early March 2019 with the intake invite coming soon.  The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program is a new provincial program intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC through community funding, supports and priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land. The Union...