IFMS Program Delivery Update
The Indigenous Fire Marshal Service (IFMS) is continuing to develop and deliver programs with the goal of helping your community improve its fire and life safety. We want to work with you to reduce damage and property loss, as well as save lives, wherever possible. The first step to accomplishing this goal is understanding the challenges faced by your community so that a tailored approach can be taken to address your specific needs.
Currently, there are three programs available to do just that: the Home Safety Assessment, Community Fire Safety Assessment, and Fire Department Assessment. These programs allow us to work with your community to better understand the big picture of what’s going on. Then we co-create a cohesive long-term plan that is results driven.
The Fire Chief in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, Jason Augustine, sums up the benefits of IFMS programs well:
“It’s going to be better for the community and it’s going to save more lives. And we all got to think about the safety of our community comes first.”
Home Safety Assessment
The Home Safety Assessment is a public education program that uses a standard safety assessment to provide home occupants with ideas on what hazards exist in their home and how to reduce them with actionable recommendations.
Community Fire Safety Assessment
The Community Fire Safety Assessment (CFSA) is a tool that can identify fire and life safety risks in communities. As part of the assessment, the community receives a report and recommendations on how they can increase fire and life safety at the community level.
Fire Department Assessment
The Fire Department Assessment is one of our Fire Department Management programs. This support service uses standardized tools to examine and identify ways to enhance the following areas:
- Fire Service Management
- Fire Service Operations
- Documentation Management
- Occupational Health Programs
- Fire Life Safety and Public
- Education Programs
- Equipment Management and Maintenance Programs
- Training Programs
We measure the efficacy and suitability of a range of criteria in each of the areas based on the need of the individual community. For example, emergency communications may be addressed by a range of solutions from 911 dispatch to a local system — the evaluative factor is whether it meets the needs of the department and community.