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 to Victoria to take part in the event.  Fire Prevention Week 2019 is a time for schools, fire departments and communities to work together on fire safety initiatives.

FNESS participated in FPW through our annual Poster and Video Contest.  We worked with Indigenous schools and the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund Association to encourage teachers and their students to learn more about fire safety and to enter the contest. Our annual FPW Poster and Video Contest is currently ongoing and FNESS is accepting submissions until November 12th, 2019.  In October, Fire Services and Fire Chief Barry Phillip facilitated fire safety programs at the Penticton IB’s Little Paws Children’s Centre and Outma Sqilx'W Cultural School.

If your community and school are interested in FNESS sponsored - youth engagement events or the FPW contest please contact our Fire Services officer, Liz Wilson, at for more information.

In addition to FPW, Fire Services has been providing our usual training and community fire prevention services. One of our services is the Smoke Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Initiative, which aims to provide home fire prevention equipment to homes on reserve, at no charge to the community. In October, FNESS worked with six Indigenous communities to provide this safety equipment to their residents. In addition to our services, this month we offered two “Rural Team Lead” training events in the communities of Skidegate and Chilliwack.  The Rural Team Lead training is designed for officers and leaders within First Nation fire departments. Participants gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to direct operations at a fire incident. For more information about Rural Team Lead training, or to request fire prevention training in your community, please contact Esther Winder at for more details.

For more information on FPW 2019:

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Fire Services Staff Liz Wilson, RPF and Esther Winder, CRSP, at the 2019 FPW official announcement in Victoria, B.C.

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Fire Services and PIB Fire Department fire safety school program at Outma Sqilx'W Cultural School.


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FPW week posters from the students at Outma Sqilx'W Cultural School in Penticton