Supporting Fire Safety
First Nation Band Councils manage fire protection services on First Nation lands. AANDC provides core capital funding to First Nations on an annual basis. First Nations prioritize their spending to meet the needs of their communities including fire protection services.
AANDC provides an average of approximately $26 million annually for fire protection services, including:
- Equipment and infrastructure (fire trucks, fire halls, etc.)
- Operations & Maintenance of fire protection equipment and assets
- Firefighter training
As part of its support for fire protection, AANDC allocates an average of approximately $226,198 annually to the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada to coordinate a number of fire prevention awareness and training initiatives, including the annual National Aboriginal Firefighters Competition and the National Fire Safety Poster Contest for school-aged children and youth. For more information on these initiatives, visit the Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada webpage.
Joint First Nations Fire Protection Strategy
In April 2016, INAC and Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada (AFAC) published an updated 2016-2021 Joint First Nations Fire Protection Strategy with an emphasis on increased collaboration between INAC and AFAC.
Although the 2010-2015 First Nations Fire Protection Strategy made progress in reducing fire related risks, both INAC and AFAC recognized a need to have a more focused approach for:
- partnership for First Nation fire service
- fire prevention education
- community standards
- fire service operational standards
INAC and AFAC meet twice each year, in February and August, to oversee the renewed strategy, review progress, and plan collaborative activities.
For more details, visit the Joint First Nations Fire Protection Strategy (2016-2021).
National Fire Safety Poster Contest
The National Fire Safety Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by AANDC and coordinated by the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada in October of each year during Fire Prevention Week. The aim of the contest is to engage children and youth in spreading the word about fire safety through the design of posters or multi-media projects. For more information about the National Fire Safety Poster Contest, please visit the Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada webpage.
National Aboriginal Firefighters Competition
The First Nations Fire Protection Strategy outlines the need to strengthen fire safety education and firefighter training on reserve. AANDC sponsors the Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada to coordinate the annual National Aboriginal Firefighters Competition, which is a key event for capacity building.
Each summer, teams of firefighters from First Nation communities across Canada qualify for the competition through a series of regional competitions. The National Competition provides an opportunity to qualifying teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut and the Atlantic region to demonstrate their skills and abilities. Teams compete in a series of challenges ranging from rolling hoses, fast coupling drills and replacing a burst length. Participants also attend training seminars throughout the duration of the competition to hone their skills.
The National Aboriginal Nations Firefighters Competition provides an important venue to showcase new firefighting techniques and technologies, exchange best practices between communities, and increase awareness about fire prevention.
For more information about the National Aboriginal Firefighters Competition, please visit the Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada webpage.
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