Jeff Eustache, RFT
FireSmart Provincial Representative for British Columbia
Position: Forest Fuel Management Program Manager
Organization: First Nations Emergency Services (FNESS)
Hello, my name is Jeff Eustache RFT, I am the manager at the First Nations Emergency Services (FNESS) for the Forest Fuel Management Program. I am a member of the Simpcw First Nation Band of the Secwepemc Nation within the Southern Interior of BC. I am married with 3 children, a graduate of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Natural Resources Technology Program – Forestry Option. I am also registered with the Association of BC Forestry Professionals, as a Forest Technologist.
FNESS coordinates the delivery of the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) with the BC Wildfire Management Branch and the Union of BC Municipalities. SWPI is a suite of funding programs managed through the Provincial Fuels Management Working Group – which includes the First Nations Emergency Services Society, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations and the Union of BC Municipalities. The initiative supports communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the Wildland urban interface to improve community safety, through the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), Prescription Development, Demonstration Projects and Implementation of Operational Fuel Treatment Projects. The Forest Fuel Management Department (FFM) provides First Nations Communities information and support to ensure they receive the necessary assistance to guide through the process of completing SWPI projects. The FFM staff plays a key role in the delivery and participation within the SWPI program with its program partners with the BC Wildfire Management Branch and Union of BC Municipalities.