A Wrap Up on the Fireside Sessions
Thank you to the over 120 individuals who signed up and virtually attended our Fireside Information Sessions on February 9 and 10, 2021.
If you missed the sessions, you can watch the recordings or download a transcript of the sessions below. Part of what’s great about the Fireside Information Sessions is the opportunity to engage with and hear from community members directly.
Some interesting questions were posed during sessions, and we want to share some of them with you here.
Question: How would you recommend educating children and those most vulnerable within the community around fire and life safety? Do you have any specific programs to help educate vulnerable members of the community and how can the whole community come together?
We have a number of programs that can help educate children and more vulnerable community members. We recognize the need for programs targeting youth and elders that are tailored to their specific life stages and communication needs. We have a number of “Target Audience Programs” that specifically address these community members: youth specific programs such as Learn Not To Burn, Getting to Know Fire and Youth Fire Setter Intervention, which can be incorporated as part of school curriculum, as well as programs about how to engage with and educate elders within the community such as Senior & Elder Safety, and Multi-Generation Residence Safety.
Further to that, we even have programs looking at cultural and traditional land management methods such as Traditional Fire Knowledge. The aim of our programs is to cover the whole scope of potential opportunities within communities, and we’re really excited to start rolling those programs out.
Question: Do you have any specific eligibility criteria for participation and is there a specific cost to participation in your programs?
There is no cost associated with participation. Our foundational belief is that the more people who have knowledge, the better.
As such, there is no specific eligibility criteria for participation: whether you are a community member or are associated with an agency that is supporting an Indigenous community, any one who could potentially be responsible for bettering fire and life safety outcomes in Indigenous communities can participate in our online workshops.
In regards to providing in-person deliveries and assessments within communities, our funding is currently limited to providing services on reserve, however we are working with our partners at Indigenous Services Canada to overcome those barriers so that we can provide services to all Indigenous communities across Canada.
Question: What resources are available to support community members and those working or volunteering in emergency services with PTSD?
There are Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) programs in development that aim to build resiliency for first responders. CISM is a peer-led approach to crisis intervention developed specifically for responders dealing with major stress-producing events. The programs will address recovery, with the emphasis on preventative action to build the resiliency of first responders to help mitigate the impact of these events.
Question: What types of resources are available to help firefighters, specifically around fire prevention material?
Fire prevention is key. Fundamentally, you need to have a fire prevention strategy to be effective in your fire and life safety goals. A great place to start with creating that strategy is the IFMS’ Fire Prevention Program Planning workshop, which will be offered online starting in March.