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National Fire Advisory Secretariat & The Role of the Federal Government
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In the past few years, almost every province has experienced some sort of national-level tragedy.  Whether it be wildfires or floods, the federal policy is what determines how we react. From funding research that saves lives to determining building and fire codes, it has never been as important to ensure that the CAFC has a seat at the table. 

 

We are asking that a National Fire Advisor Secretariat be installed so that Government can modernize and coordinate national policy as it pertains to diverse federally relevant and fire related policy issues.

 

These issues include:

  • Wildfires, climate change, natural disasters, and environment related issues,
  • Mental Health needs of first responders,
  • Involvement in national health crises (opioids, pandemics, etc.),
  • Labour Code, diversity, inclusion and resourcing issues,
  • Volunteer Firefighter tax credits, recognition of fallen firefighters and families,
  • Research and sustainability of a national fire information database,
  • National Building Code (first responder safety objective and modernization),
  • Transportation of dangerous goods, rail and highway safety,
  • Strengthening Heavy Urban Search and Rescue and its deployment,
  • Diversity and inclusion,
  • Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure,etc.

 

To learn more about how the role of the Federal Government in fire safety, read Tina Saryeddine’s article in Firefighting in Canada.  

 

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