for us, by us
The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council is the result of an Indigenous developed framework designed to support Indigenous communities in the development of their internal capacity to support community safety and resiliency. The NIFSC 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) created the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council to provide Indigenous communities with the tools needed to be healthy and safe. It is an Indigenous-led 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
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 that gathers, stores, and analyses fire incident data from Indigenous communities. By reporting fire incidents, the NIRS will be able to analyze 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 Indigenous Fire Marshal Service (IFMS) is responsible for the responsive and evolving delivery of IFMS programs and services. The IFMS works with communities to deliver programs designed to meet community needs by directly delivering programs in communities, supporting individuals to deliver programs within their own communities, and supporting the self-delivery of selected programs.