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Fire Chiefs commend Federal Government - recognizing the fallen more than a symbolic gesture

August 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) commends the Minister of Public Safety and the Federal Government for the official proclamation of National Firefighters Memorial Day to be observed nationally the second Sunday of each September. 
While the sector holds recognition ceremonies, the Federal Government’s official proclamation is more than a symbolic gesture. "Recognizing the fallen is both for those who have lost their lives and left families bereft in service of community and a statement of the Government’s recognition and support for those firefighters and their families who provide essential services to our communities despite the risks of death and occupational illnesses resulting either from injury or repeated exposure”. Says Chief Ken Block, President of the CAFC and Fire Chief for the Edmonton Fire Service.


“Seeing flags at half-mast on federal buildings this year and in the future, will remind all Canadian policy makers and the public of the steps we all have to take to keep our communities, and those who serve them, safe”.  He adds. 

For more information:

Tina Saryeddine, PhD, MHA, CHE

Executive Director

Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs



Fire Chief Ken Block President of CAFC, Aboriginal Fire Commissioner and

NAC member Richard Kent, Minister Goodale, Bob Kirkpatrick CFFF President


About the CAFC

Founded in 1909, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) is an independent, non-profit organization representing approximately 3,500 fire departments across Canada.  The primary mission of CAFC is to promote the highest standard of public safety in an ever changing and increasingly complex world to ensure the protection of the public through leadership, advocacy and active collaboration with key stakeholders. For more information please visit:


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