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2018 CAFC Call for Committee Members
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2018-01-05 to 2018-02-28
When: Friday, January 5, 2018
Where: Canada
Contact: Vicky Constantineau

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Dear CAFC Members


Welcome to CAFC 2018! Congratulations and thank you for joining the CAFC for another year. If you have not already done so please complete your membership renewal so that staff have an accurate listing of members in good standing as there will be a series of member-only newslsetters and updates to follow. 


Our first members-only invitation is to join a CAFC committee. You would have seen the listing of committees designed to correspond to the CAFC operating plan [Link] and/or to core functions of the association. Joining a committee is optional but encouraged! It’s a great way to shape policy and collaborate nationally.


Below you will find a description of the working groups and committees and instructions for how to express your interest. Once we know who is interested, the Board of Directors will be asked to review the resulting lists for balance. 




To put your name forward, please make sure you are a member in good standing by completing your renewal  if you have not already done so. Next, read the descriptions below and indicate your interest in one or more by below by   


Working Groups 


Heavy Urban Search and Rescue: This group will focus primarily on the needs of Canada’s HUSAR teams and explore the merits of INSARAG accreditation and deployment issues to maximize the value of these teams across Canada and internationally. However, it will serve as CAFC’s source of content expertise in all areas related to Search and Rescue. It will also feed into the CAFC’s representation on the Search and Rescue committee at Public Safety. The Chair is TBD. 


National Fire Information Database Group: This group will serve as a steering committee for the future of the national fire information database and its potential beyond the funding period.   It will also review and set up the data access program. The Fire Marshalls and Fire Commissioners will be invited to partake. It will meet twice  a year. Individuals joining this group should have an interest in data, the presentation and use of data, research and business models for growing and developing databases. The Chair is TBD.


Redefining Fire: This group will prepare a position paper that identifies and outlines the changing roles of fire departments. It is a follow up to the AGM resolution citing the problem that fire departments have expanded and still unique scopes of practice that are poorly understood and thus under-resourced. It will determine the content, the methods, the messages, the data sources, structure, and communications associated with this initiative. The Chair is TBD. 


Building codes: This group deals with all issues related to the national building and fire codes including both the public review and request for code changes, the firefighter safety objective, sprinklers and issues related to research at the National Research Council. The Co-Chairs are Chief Sean Tracey and Chief Gaetan Morinville. New members are welcomed.


Diversity and Inclusion:  This committee leads the charge on the associations work on diversity and inclusion. It has a content and policy focus, it also seeks to increase diversity within the Fire Chief career path as well as within the CAFC membership. It is likely that this committee will have a policy, research and social media/communications focus thanks to existing expertise within the association membership. The Chair is Chief Keri Martens.  


Best Practice/KT/Education: This committee oversees issues related to best practices. It is a content oriented committee that will handle requests for endorsements of educational materials unless it is related to another committee’s work, member reviews and questions, and oversee the development of the fire research roster. The committee will be composed of content experts but also have capacity to seek out content experts. The Chair is TBD


Interoperability/Public Safety Broadband: This committee will oversee the Association’s policy positions as it pertains to Interoperability and Public Safety Broadband Networks. The Cochairs are Chief Michael Sullivan and Chief Bryan Singleton who represent CAFC on related government initiatives.   


Standing Committees 


External representation committee: Anyone currently representing the CAFC in an external initiative, whether it’s government or other national

association, is asked to please join this committee.  It will meet quarterly. This is an important mechanism whereby the board and staff can ensure that the membership and the external representative are all connected on content, opportunities, and positions.  


ECFO Council: The ECFO council provides content, curriculum, mentorship, administrative, business development and evaluative leadership to the ECFO program of the CAFC. The ECFO council welcomes new members. Those with a current CFO designation intending to transfer into ECFO are preferred. The Chair is Chief Ed Lemire.


Resolutions committee:  This committee is a committee required in the Bylaws of the Association and runs the call for resolutions, resolution debate process. It often works closely with the nominations committee and is usually most active between May and September. New members are welcomed.  The Chair is Chief Denis Pilon who will be retiring. Nominations are also accepted for Chair.

Nominations: This committee handles the nomination of board members and officers of the corporation. New members are welcomed. It is usually most active between May and September. New members are welcomed. The Chair is Chief Stephen Gamble

Membership: This committee looks at how we express the value proposition of the association to the membership and helps to consider financial models to ensure that the interest of both the national association provincial associations, and affiliate national associations are collaborative.  The Chair is Chief Richard Amnotte.

Fire-Rescue Canada 2018 Program: This committee works very closely with the Director of Operations to lead the program and execution of Fire Rescue Canada. New members are welcomed. This year’s conference will be accompanied by a policy congress, a dragon’s den to focus on S&T and the potential of a collocated government relations week. The Chair is Chief Ken Block and Chief Ken McMullen.




Board and NAC: These positions are elected per the bylaws and so not open to new candidates. 
International Best Practice: This committee will include international representatives and is not open to the membership at this time.

Committee of Chairs/Reps: This committee will be composed of committee co-chairs to ensure that the work of the CAFC

across its internal and external initiatives is coordinated and that the appropriate policy priorities coming out of committee work are identified.

Ad hoc (Cannabis, Rail, Fentanyl etc): Ad Hoc committee may be called upon as needed. Please stay tuned)

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