How would the IFMO benefit Indigenous communities?

Apr 1, 2019 | News

The IFMO can provide capacity-building and risk-mitigation programs and services to Indigenous communities. For example:

  • Prevention and Public Education – Develop culturally relevant programs for all demographics (e.g., children, elders, at risk populations); for example, provision and installation of smoke and CO alarms.
  • Community Fire Services Capacity – Support communities in providing a range of fire, public safety, and community infrastructure services—training, fire department management, capital asset acquisition, infrastructure planning, community risk reduction, wildfire response, fire investigation, among others.
  • Regional Support – Ensure opportunities for funding, equipment, fire prevention initiatives, and training.
  • Capacity Support for Governance – Provide impartial, validated, and standards-based expertise to Indigenous governance and leadership at the regional and national level to support local bylaws, national policy, and the evolution of community infrastructure.
  • Insurance – Support access to and rates for individual and community infrastructure insurance.
  • Research – Perform Indigenous-specific research in conjunction with national agencies and provincial Fire Marshal/Fire Commissioner offices focused on, for example, fire service equipment, home sprinkler systems, training standards, alternative solutions applications, and insurance.
  • Incident Data Base – Support research to reduce fire incidents through infrastructure and data collection.
  • Wildfire Interface Response – Integrate community-based fire services to engage in national fire incidents that require structural protection, interface response, and sprinkler protection units.
  • Indigenous Fire Service Employment – Increased employment opportunity for Indigenous people.