COVID-19 and the Indigenous Fire Marshal Project: Our Response to the Emergency

Apr 17, 2020 | News

During these challenging times, the health and safety of community members, our stakeholders, and our team members remain our priority. Thankfully, the project team assembled by AFAC operates in a virtual manner, working from locations across the country. As such, we will continue to move forward with the project.

While we cannot meet in person with project stakeholders, political leadership, or immediate program deliveries in communities, the project team will continue to maintain project operations and normal communications using teleconference, video conference, and online document sharing.

Conference attendance is an important way for AFAC to raise awareness about the project, engage with individuals, and answer questions. The cancellation of these events means that, while we cannot engage face-to-face, we will continue to provide important project updates on our website and through our newsletter.

The current project priorities involve continuing our efforts to build our team, establish a virtual environment for continued collaboration, and deliver services, such as fire department assessments, that can be conducted virtually. We will also be using this time to focus strongly on continued project planning and program development.

AFAC recently welcomed John Langen as project manager. John comes to the project after 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence, having spent much of that time in project management roles.

As we navigate our way through the current COVID-19 environment, AFAC has launched a youth-focused safety and awareness campaign and contest. The campaign details can be viewed on the AFAC Facebook site – please share and encourage participation. 

Stay safe and health, wash your hands, keep your distance, protect our Elders, and while we spend more time at home than usual, check your smoke alarms and keep fire safety in mind!