NIFSC Program Delivery
In spite of challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the NIFSC Project continues to progress. Local specialists are being contracted within individual communities in order to develop and test the delivery of programs in seven program areas over a two-year period. The NIFSC Project team is virtual, working from locations across the country, and can continue moving forward with the project as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 environment. The health and safety of both community and team members is always a priority.
These are the NIFSC Project Program Categories
The IFMS Delivery Team is working toward delivering programs in seven program areas over a two-year period. The focus in the early stages is on fire prevention and public education programs, which are proven to have the greatest impact on fire safety.
Depending on the nature of the program, delivery will happen in a variety of ways, including:
- An IFMS team member visits a community to deliver the program on site;
- The program content is downloaded from the website and then delivered by a member of the community; or
- Training is provided to a member of the community who then delivers the program to the community.
Community Fire Safety
Focused on specific fire safety issues and are designed to increase awareness. There are programs addressing specific areas such as cooking and heating, and programs designed for everyone in the community – Elders, youth, children and adults.
Community Governance Support
Designed to support community decision makers and leaders with developing policies and bylaws, communication plans and fire emergency plans. These programs will also help community leaders identify fire/life safety issues and find ways to reduce these risks.
Community Infrastructure and Engineering Support
Will assist communities in designing and planning fire-related infrastructure, including water systems and hydrants. They will identify what individual communities need and put appropriate people in place to design and build the necessary infrastructure.
Fire Department Management
Will provide support for fire chiefs and officers at the administrative level with creating policies, providing guidelines, planning and acquisitions of apparatus and equipment.
Fire Inspection Services
Designed to identify fire-related risks in communities and assist community leaders with minimizing these risks. They will also help provide building and equipment inspections.
Fire Investigation Services
Designed to provide communities with support for both fire investigations and data collection. These programs include provisions for training non-investigators in addition to providing accredited training.
Fire Department Operations
Fire Department Operations programs include training, equipment repairs and maintenance, and education surrounding special hazard fire protection systems . These programs support firefighters and responders at the incident response level.