April 23, 2014
CANADA’S FIRE CHIEFS WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MINISTER OF TRANSPORT ON NEW RAIL SAFETY REGULATIONS
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs commends Minister Raitt and the Government of Canada for requiring Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAP) for the shipment of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquid products by rail. The Minister’s announcement today will result in first responders having access to specialized response capabilities when responding to these high risk dangerous goods incidents.
April 16, 2014
Canada’s Fire Chiefs Pay Tribute to Jim Flaherty
Last week, the country lost a political icon with Jim Flaherty’s sudden and tragic death. To most Canadians, Jim Flaherty was the Finance Minister who steadily steered Canada through the great recession. To Canada’s Fire Chiefs, he was a friend of the Fire Service and a champion of Canada’s career and volunteer firefighters.
April 7, 2014
Minister Blaney renews funding for hazardous materials training for first responders
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced a funding extension to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Canada (IAFF/Canada) to deliver hazardous materials response training until 2016.
April 4, 2014
Building codes may be imposed on First Nations
Ottawa is open to the possibility of implementing national building codes on First Nations as a fire safety measure, Saskatchewan’s minister of Government Relations said after a meeting in Regina with Bernard Valcourt, the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC).
March 27, 2014
Fire chief in Ottawa to discuss fire safety
Dufferin Caledon MP, David Tilson, met with Caledon Fire Chief David Forfar in Ottawa Tuesday during the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ annual day on Parliament Hill.
February 24, 2014
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant
CAFC today announced it has received $75,000 US as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.
February 18, 2014
Feds lack information on rail safety: report
Just more than 400,000 railway cars loaded with dangerous goods travelled through Canada last year, but no one at Transport Canada knows exactly where they went, what they contained or what route they took, a federal government report has found.
February 18, 2014
Budget 2014: Highlights for the CAFC
Summa Strategies has put together a summary document that quickly highlights the Conservative government’s main themes, as well as a few things that will be of interest to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. In particular, the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit takes a victory lap as it is identically copied for a new Search and Rescue Tax Credit
February 14, 2014
Report on oil shipped by rail calls for emergency response plans, funding
Ottawa should require detailed emergency response plans when as little as one tank car of highly volatile oil is shipped by rail, according to a report issued in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic derailment.