our Programs

The Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMS), the delivery arm of the NIFSC, is delivering programs in seven program areas with a focuson 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:

  1. An IFMS Program Delivery Specialist visits a community to deliver the program on site;
  2. The program content is downloaded from the website and then delivered by a member of the community (self-delivery); or
  3. Training is provided to a member of the community who then delivers the program to the community (Train the Trainer).

COVID-19

In spite of challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the NIFSC and the IFMS 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. The NIFSC and the IFMS, are working from locations across the country, and continue to move 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.

Program Categories 

one

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.

two

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.

three

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.

four

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.

five

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.

six

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.

seven

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.

Program Delivery Status 

Where we’ve been:

communities

British Columbia

Coldwater Indian Band
Haisla Nation
Iskut Band council
Osoyoos Indian Band
Penelakut Tribe
Splatsin First Nation
Takla First Nation

Alberta

Alberta Govt. Wildfire
AKRC Canora/Fort Francis
Big Lakes County Fire Services
Big Stone Fire
Blood Tribe Police Service
Dene Tha
Driftpile Cree Nation
Enoch Cree Nation #440
Fort McKay First Nation
Horse Lake First Nation Fire Dept
Louis Bull
Montana
Paul First Nation
Saddle Lake Cree Nation
Samson
Strathmore Fire
Sucker Creek First Nation
Sunchild First Nation
Tailcree
Whitfish (Goodfish)
Yellowhead Tribal College

Saskatchewan

Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs
George Gordon First Nation
la ronge regional fire department
Onion Lake
Piapot First Nation
Starblanket Cree Nation
Sucker River Fire Department

Manitoba

Fort Alexander
Fox Lake
Gambler First Nation
Sagkeeng First Nation
Sandy Bay First Nation Fire Department

Ontario

Algonquin of Pikwakanagan Fire Department
Algonquin of Pikwakanagan First Nation
Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council
Big Grassy River
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
Deer Lake
Department North of Peterborough
Garden River
Grand Council Treaty 3
Kee-Way-Win
Mattagami First Nation Fire Department
M’Chigeeng First Nation Fire Dept
Metis Nation of Ontario
Millbrook member
New Tecumseth fire rescue
Nipissing First Nation
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)
North Bay
North Spirit Lake
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Poplar First Nation
SCM Insurance
Serpent River First Nation
Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services
Sterling crane
Wabun Tribal Council
Wikwmikoong
Wunnumin Lake First Nation

Québec

Algonquin of Pikwakanagan Fire Department
Algonquin of Pikwakanagan First Nation
Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council
Big Grassy River
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
Deer Lake
Department North of Peterborough
Garden River
Grand Council Treaty 3
Kee-Way-Win
Mattagami First Nation Fire Department
M’Chigeeng First Nation Fire Dept
Metis Nation of Ontario
Millbrook member
New Tecumseth fire rescue
Nipissing First Nation
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)
North Bay
North Spirit Lake
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Poplar First Nation
SCM Insurance
Serpent River First Nation
Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services
Sterling crane
Wabun Tribal Council
Wikwmikoong
Wunnumin Lake First Nation

New Brunswick

Elsipogtog First Nation

Nova Scotia

Bear River First Nation
Eskasoni Fire
Musquodoboit Ground Search and Rescue
Springhill Volunteer Fire Department
Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade

Atlantic

Elsipogtog First Nation
Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government

Nunavut

Yellowknives Dene First Nation

Where we are now:

communities

British Columbia

Lower Nicola
Nisga’a Lisims Government

Alberta

Blood Tribe
Driftpile
Dene Tha’ / Meander River
Enoch Cree Nation #440
Louis Bull
Saddle Lake Cree Nation
Samson Cree Nation

Saskatchewan

Ahtahkatoop
Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs
English River First Nation
File Hills/Starblanket
Lac La Ronge Indian Band
Morin Lake Vol. Fire Dept.
Muskoday First Nation
Nekaneet
One Arrow First Nation
Onion lake cree nation
Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation
Waywayseecappo First Nation Treaty Four – 1874
Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Yorkton Tribal Council

Manitoba

Chemawawin Cree Nation
Dakota Tipi
Gambler First Nation
Garden River
Lake St. Martin
Pine Creek

Ontario

Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council
Algonquin of Pikwakanagan
Big Grassy First Nation
Bimose Tribal Council
Lac Seul First Nation
M’Chigeeng First Nation
Nipissing First Nation
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Round Lake fire department
Sheshegwaning First Nation
Thames first nation

Québec

Kahnawake
Micmacs of Gesgapegiag
Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach
Whapmagoostui First Nation Fire Department

New Brunswick

North Shore Mi’kmaq District Council
Elsipogtog First Nation

Atlantic

Lennox Island First Nation

Where we’re going:

communities

British Columbia

Moricetown (Witset) First Nation

Alberta

Bigstone Cree First Nation
Blood Tribe First Nation
Pikani Nation

Saskatchewan

Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation
Cowessess
Mistawasis
Okanese
Onion Lake Cree Nation
Muskeg Lake Cree Nation
PBCN Deschambault Lake
PBCN Pelican Narrows
PBCN Sturgeon Landing
Peepeeksis
Starblanket
Sweetgrass
White Bear
Yellowquill

Manitoba

Fort Alexander
Little Saskatchewan
Rolling River
Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Govt.
Sandy Bay

Ontario

Deer Lake
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
North Spirit Lake First Nation
Poplar Hill First Nation
Wunnumin Lake First Nation

Québec

Cree Nation of Chisasibi
Cree Nation of Mistissini
Cree Nation of Nemaska
Cree Nation of Wemindji
Gesgapegiag
Kawawachikamach
Kee-Way-Win
Mohawks of Kanesatake
Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation
Whapmagoostui First Nation

Atlantic

Lennox Island First Nation
Miawpukek
Benoit First Nation
Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw Nation