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Since 1909, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) united fire service leaders, associates and their provincial and national level affiliate organizations.  Joining the CAFC is the best way to build a strong national fire service and have a voice both inside the CAFC and the fire service. 


The best way to advance the future of the fire service, public safety policy in Canada and your career is to join the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.


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The Benefits of CAFC Membership

There are lots of benefits to joining the CAFC but we can summarize them as follows: 



 DRAFT Operating Plan 2019


    Access to the Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO) Program and/or Maintenance of Certification    

Webinar Wednesdays

Topics on Fire


Draft operating plan 2019 contains a detailed description of the projects, policy areas, partnerships and committees that will be our focus and to which all members can participate in. Members can provide comment until December 31, 2018. Click here to view the Operating Plan 2019!





The ECFO program is a certification for Chief Fire Officers that exhibit competencies that are valued and recognized across all parts of the country. Click here for more information and to register.







At least once a month, the CAFC welcomes diverse and talented individuals to speak on a number of subjects ranging from Water Rescue to Mental Health. These webinars are recorded live to entertain real time questions and answers and are made available to all members afterwards. Click here to check the library and stay tuned for the 2019 program.




 CAFC Update



 Fire Press Fridays



 Canadian Fire Chief Magazine


Each month, the CAFC prepares a monthly newsletter that contains information, updates and occasionally funding opportunities both from within the CAFC as well as from various federal departments and partners.



Every week the CAFC receives daily clippings from its Meltwater Clipping Service. On Fridays, CAFC members receive a digest of the week's top stories. Click here to view past issues of Fire Press Fridays.



The Canadian Fire Chief Magazine serves as a source  of national and federal policy stories as well as updates. Click here to view the inaugural issue.




 CAFC Directory

August 2019


Policy shaping through committees



Revised Red Book and

Revised Policy Manual

(In development during 2019)

Once the year's membership is solidified for the most part, the CAFC produces a printed directory with members names, addresses and email contact information.




  An opportunity to network and shape policy, the CAFC looks to address issues that are shared across the country. Let CAFC committees be your resources on issues from HUSAR to Interoperability, Rail Safety to HASMAT, Diversity and Inclusion to Mental Health and others.  

Particularly for departments that may not have resources to acquire and maintain resources, the Red Book provides and easy to use reference on various issues. The Policy Manual summarizes the CAFC's asks of the federal government and key messages.



 Renewed Role of Fire Departments

(draft anticipates in late Spring 2019)


 Mental and Physical Health Monday



Discounts to the Personal Insurance


Every fire department struggles with explaining its constantly expanding mandate to communities and councils who may not be as versed in the role of fire departments. This report is expected in the spring of 2019 will help address this issue.



Article, development, practice, or program related to a resource, program or information that can help you and your department in this area.





The Personal Insurance offers members, as well as members of your departments', discounts on insurance products as part of your CAFC member benefits. Click here to learn more!



 Community access to the Duracell Power Forward Truck   Repository of Wicked Problems and Best Practices  

 Research Roster Access


Duracell's Power Forward truck is a unique emergency service vehicle that can supplement community resources during an emergency. Duracell can be reached through the CAFC website. Click here to learn more!





There are many ways to demonstrate accountability in complex situations. These may include consulting research but where research is not available, a good proxy can also be practices of like-minded organizations. In 2019 the CAFC will develop a database of practices beginning with the wicked problems that all members will be asked CAFC to help identify at the onset.


Do you have an issue that you would like to talk to a researcher about? CAFC is developing a list of Fire Friendly Researchers who can be called upon to assist you. Click here to learn more!






Access to data elements in the National Fire Information Database

(release December 2018)


 Discount on Fire Rescue Canada



 Fire Chief of the Year Awards


Building on the impressive work of the CAFC and CCFMFC in assembling 10 years-worth of data on incidents of fire, the NFID is being revised to allow for easy access by researchers submitting worthy applications and by all members (without application).

Click here to learn more!



Members receive a discount on attendance at Fire Rescue Canada. This discount is valued at approximately half the cost of membership. Click here to learn more!






In 2019, the CAFC and Fire Underwriters Survey will be reviewing the Fire Chiefs of the Year Awards' program to better highlight the outstanding work of more members of our profession. One of the criteria will include membership in the Association signifying efforts at the national level. Click here to learn more!


 Repository of Equipment needs



 Answer the Call Program



Modelling on excellent work done in Ontario, the CAFC will be working with members to prepare an inventory of equipment needs so we can build the case for philanthropic donations and a revised Joint Emergency Preparedness Program.



CAFC is looking to revive its Answer the Call Program to help all departments recruit volunteer firefighters into the next decade. Click here to learn more!







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Who Can Join?

CAFC has several membership categories:


Individual (Voting) Members

The primary membership category is an individual member. Individual members are individuals who hold a management position in emergency services, provided that they do not hold active membership in any association or union that represents firefighters in collective bargaining.


Cost per Year: $280


New This Year!  Female Fire Chiefs can join the CAFC and the Female Fire Chiefs and Fire Officers Network (FFCN) Learn more about the FFCN.


Association and Affiliate Members

Affiliate Company Officer:  Company officers who are interested in career development opportunities and who may be members of unions can join the CAFC as Affiliate Company Officers. Exposure to the culture, network, issues, and policy files is a key benefit of this membership.


Cost per Year: $140


NEW - Female Affiliate Company Officer:  Female company officers who are interested in career development opportunities and who may be members of unions can join the CAFC and be a part of the Female Fire Chiefs Network. Exposure to the culture, network, issues, and policy files is a key benefit of this membership.


Cost per Year: $140


Business Associate The business associate membership in CAFC recognizes the important roles that industry and other associations play in the CAFC. The criteria for membership is evidence of shared goals with the sector.  The main benefit is the information sharing and recognition business associate members receive. For more information and/or to join, complete the Business Associate Membership form.


Cost per Year: $480


Retired Associate: Former Individual Members who have now retired and who are not currently pursuing significant/full time consulting or industry related positions (such individuals should seek business associate status) but who wish to remain with and support the CAFC are welcomed as retired associates. Retired associates are invited to CAFC events, receive materials, and are called upon as mentors and advisors.


Cost per Year: $60


Life and Honoree Associate: The Life Associate status is conferred by the President to retired individual members who have served the CAFC with distinction for more than 10 years. The Honorary Associate status is conferred on any individual having served with distinction upon the recommendation of the Resolutions Committee and adoption by a majority vote of members at the Annual Meeting.


Cost per Year: FREE 


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Mathematics of membership:


The CAFC membership for individual members is set at a price deliberately intended to ensure a return on investment for municipalities. Consider that our yearly membership of $280 for individual chiefs and $140.00 for company officers comes not only with the benefits above, but over $600 in savings when we consider the $100.00 Fire Rescue Canada discount for members and the $550 in savings for webinar costs. This is in addition to education, networking, advocacy, data and best practices.




If you have any questions about CAFC membership, please contact us:


Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs - Membership Services

1 Rideau Street, Suite 700

Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

Phone: 1-800-775-5189




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