First Nations firefighters in the Yukon head to B.C. to help with flood recovery | APTN News

A deployment of 16 First Nations firefighters from the Yukon are heading to B.C. Friday to provide the province with flood response and recovery assistance.

The firefighters are members of Yukon First Nations Wildfire (YFNW), a wildfire fighting service that has a contract with First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESS).

For weeks B.C. has been grappling with severe storms causing intense flooding, mudslides and highway wash-outs. It led the province to declare a state of emergency last month.

FNESS is sending the firefighters into impacted communities across southern B.C. to help the organization with its flood recovery efforts.

“It really excites me to go down with such a positive group,” says Tanner Borsa, a member of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation and squadron leader with YFNW.
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