The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project 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. The NIFSC Project is Indigenous inspired, designed and led in collaboration with regional and national Indigenous communities, organizations and leaders.
The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council
The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) is managing the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project, dedicated to providing Indigenous communities with the tools needed to be healthy and safe. It is an Indigenous-created organization that serves Indigenous communities.
Between April 2019 and March 2020, the NIFSC Project ran engagement sessions to provide input into the project, organizational design and listen to communities to better understand current challenges and gaps across the country. The engagement sessions helped inform NIFSC Project design, governance, current gaps and community safety priorities. The NIFSC Project is working with Indigenous communities and is focused on developing and testing programs relating to fire prevention and public education because those have the greatest impact on public safety.
The NIFSC 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
Fireside Information Sessions
A Fireside Discussion on the New Study on Mortality and Morbidity related to Fire, Burns and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning among First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit.
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.
NIFSC National Incident Reporting System
The National Incident Reporting System (NIRS) is a system managed by the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC) Project, that gathers, stores, and analyses fire incident data from Indigenous communities. By reporting fire incidents, the NIRS will analysis the cause, origin, 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, emerging risks and inform future education, infrastructure, and economic planning.
If you need to report an active emergency, contact your local emergency services.
About the NIFSC Program
Signup for Project Update Emails
Request a NIFSC Information Kit
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.