National Firefighting Competition 2021

This year, AFAC will once again host a virtual National Firefighting Competition (NFC). This decision is in support of the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. AFAC encourages those organizing and participating in the regional competitions to adhere to provincial, regional, and local directives to ensure the health and safety of participants and communities.

The 2021 competition will intentionally shift its focus to public education and fire prevention. In the spirit of community, capacity building, and shared resources, this year’s competition requirements will involve the submission of the public education video based on one of the themes provided below.


Recommendations for the Regional Competitions:

AFAC encourages each region to explore opportunities for hosting virtual events. Further, it is AFAC’s position that all provincial, regional, and local COVID-19 protocols be adhered to.

While the format of each regional competition is up the respective regions to adapt, each team wishing to participate in the national competition will be required to submit a short public education video on one of the themes provided below. The first, second and third place winners from each region will move on to compete in the national competition.

Any additional activities related to skills, technique, or evolutions are at the discretion of the regions; however, those aspects of the competition will not be considered in the judging of the national competition.

In the event that a region is unable to oversee the judging for their regional competition, AFAC will support the judging in addition to judging the national competition.

NFC Components:

  1. Establish a team up to a maximum of six (6) people.
  2. Register by submitting the registration form to the following email address:
  3. One member of each team must attend one (1) AFAC/NIFSC-led workshop on how to effectively deliver fire prevention/public education. Completion of the workshop will be verified as a competition requirement for the national competition.
  4. Teams will create a public education video based on one (1) of the themes provided below.
  5. Each region will select its first, second, and third place winners, and submit those winners to compete in the NFC.
  6. The winners of the 2021 NFC will be judged by AFAC and announced on social media on September 24.
  7. The videos will be promoted during Fire Prevention Week in October.
  8. The videos will remain online and accessible for future use, creating a digital library of educational videos focused on fire prevention in community.


  • All teams must be registered to be eligible for awards.
  • Competition Award – All teams who register and complete the competition requirements will receive a prize consisting of public education materials and resources on fire prevention.
  • Regional winning teams will be provided the following value of structural firefighting equipment– 1st place team – $3,000, second place $2,000, third place $1,000.
  • National winning teams will be provided the following value of structural firefighting equipment– 1st place team – $10,000, second place $7,500, third place $5,000.


  1. Team Registration – DEADLINE EXTENDED – June 22, 2021 – midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
  2. One member of each team must attend one (1) virtual fire educator training workshop held between June 17 and June 27, 2021.
  3. Deadline for video submissions – September 1, 2021 – midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
  4. Judging of regional videos – September 6 – 10, 2021
    • Winning videos from the regional competitions, first, second and third place will move onto the national competition.
  5. Judging of national videos – September 13 – 17, 2021
  6. Virtual event and announcement of winners – September 24, 2021
  7. Videos are promoted throughout Fire Prevention Week – October 4 – 8, 2021.

Competition Video:

Select one (1) of the following options as the focus of the public education video on fire prevention:

  1. 2021 NFPA theme (TBD)
  2. An instruction video on how a home escape plan is implemented in a minimum number of homes (2-4). COVID-19 protocols are to be adhered to when making this video.
  3. An instructional video on fire alarm maintenance – how to recognize a fire alarm, test for effectiveness, and when and how to change the batteries.
  4. An instructional video on how to address a chimney fire and prevent future fires from occurring.
  5. How to conduct a safety inspection for an apparatus, including a step-by-step tutorial, the identification of common problems, how to conduct routine tests, and how to maintain the equipment.

Minimum requirements for submission:

    1. Register for the competition by submitting a registration form by email to Ensure that the photo consent portion of the registration form is completed.
    2. Team registration will be confirmed by email and the email will include the link to the video submission site.
    3. Choose only one of the focus options (Options 1 – 5).
    4. Create a 5–20-minute video as it relates to the chosen theme.
    5. Label the video file exactly as described below:
      • Theme option number, Fire Department Name, Community Name, Province, Date (Day-Month-Year)
        • Example: Option 3, Community X Volunteer Fire Department, Community X, ON, 12-April-2021.
    1. Upload the video file to the video submission site.
    2. If you have any questions, please email

How Video Submissions will be Assessed:

Points will be awarded for the inclusion of the following elements:

  • Teams to include a maximum of six (6) people.
    • Not all team members are required to be in the video.
    • Individuals may support by way of script writing, set or prop design, etc.
  • Videos were within the time requirements of a minimum of 5 minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes.
  • Technique, accuracy, and compliance to the regulations as they relate to the chosen theme were visible and apparent.
  • Content included traditional elements such as the use of traditional languages.
  • Content is thoughtful, intentional, and creative.

Check out the winners from the 2020 virtual National Firefighting Competition

First place – Maskwacis

Second place – Elsipogtog

Third place – Morin Lake