The NIFSC Project is Indigenous inspired, designed, and led, with work being done in communities and in collaboration with communities. As such, the project directly benefits communities, supporting them in identifying their unique fire and life safety needs and developing the internal capacity needed to address them.
The fire and life safety risks experienced in one community will be different from those in another. The risks will even be different among homes in the same community. A one-size-fits-all approach to fire and life safety prevention will have an impact but will not be as effective as a tailored approach. The NIFSC Project has developed two community-focused tools to address the unique needs of each community. A community can benefit by having a Community Fire Safety Assessment done to identify community-level fire and life safety risks. After the assessment is done, communities receive a report and recommendations on how to increase their fire safety and develop plans to reduce risk. Communities can also utilize the Home Safety Assessment Program. This education program assesses hazards in the home and gives residents simple ways to reduce them.
Prevention and public education are essential for improving fire safety; culturally relevant programs are being developed for all community members, including resources that can be downloaded by teachers for use in schools. Local fire and emergency services will benefit from support in improving community fire services capacity, including regional support in securing opportunities for funding, equipment, fire preventions initiatives, and training.
Fires happen. And that’s where communities will benefit from the National Incident Reporting System. Local emergency services will be able to report on the fire incidents that happen in their community. This collection of community-level information will not only help to identify trends but will also allow for the sharing of fire prevention, training, and standards resources — allowing for the development of programs that will have the most impact on community safety.