The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council is the result of a new Indigenous developed framework designed to support Indigenous communities in development of their internal capacity to support community safety and resiliency.

NIFSC is Indigenous inspired, designed and led in collaboration with regional and national Indigenous communities, organizations and leaders.

Reporting a fire takes minutes!

Meet NIRS Coordinator Laurie Sallis and take a moment to listen as she explains the value of the National Incident Reporting System (NIRS) and how participating in the NIRS serves to empower Indigenous communities.

What is the National Incident Reporting System?

The National Incident Reporting System (NIRS) is a unique database managed by the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC) that gathers, stores, and analyses fire incident data from Indigenous communities. By reporting fire incidents, the NIRS will be able to analyse the causes, origins, and circumstances of fires to identify risks and draw attention to areas of concern at a local, provincial, and national level.

Reporting fire incidents, and collecting this data, will also help identify trends, deficits, and emerging risks as well as inform future education, infrastructure, and economic planning.

If you need to report an active emergency, contact your local emergency services.

The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council

The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) is managing the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council, dedicated to providing Indigenous communities with the tools needed to be healthy and safe. It is an Indigenous-created organization that serves Indigenous communities and has the following objectives:

  • Create an Indigenous organization collaboratively developed by national and regional Indigenous bodies to serve Indigenous communities (‘for us, by us’)
  • Negotiate an established and sustainable funding model for the organization
  • Create a National Incident Reporting System
  • Be driven by strategic priorities instead of political agendas
  • Create and promote Indigenous fire service careers and certified training
  • Create inclusive programs that can be subscribed to by all Indigenous communities

Mortality and Morbidity Report 2021

New study on mortality and morbidity related to fire, burns, and carbon monoxide poisoning among First Nations people, Métis and Inuit in Canada.

Fire and Life Safety Training Workshops

Fire and life safety is a dynamic journey and a continuing evolution. There is always more to learn and it never hurts to revisit some of the basic tenets of fire and life safety. The IFMS programs are tools that you can access to help make the most of your fire and life safety journey.

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Research and Development


The Indigenous Fire Marshal Service (IFMS) is responsible for the responsive and evolving delivery of IFMS programs and services. IFMS resources work with communities to deliver programs to meet the communities’ needs by directly deliver programs in communities, supporting communities and their members to deliver programs within their communities, and supporting the self-delivery of selected programs.