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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 Benefits of CAFC Individual (voting) or Affiliate (Non Voting)  Membership

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

 

    

 DRAFT Operating Plan 2020

 

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

Webinar Wednesdays

Topics on Fire

 

Draft operating plan 2020 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, 2019. Click here to view the Operating Plan 2020!

 

 

 

     

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. Along with the ECFO program is its Candidate program, great to new Chief Officers and company officers who want to challenge their knowledge and experience. Click here for more information.

 

    

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 2020 program.

 

 

                   

 CAFC Update

 

      

 Fire Press Friday Everyday

 

 

 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. CAFC members receive a daily digest the stories, on topics such as Mental Health, wildfire, Fire Policy, and much more!. 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 past issues.


 

 

                             

 CAFC Directory

August 2020

 

Policy shaping through committees

 

 

Revised Red Book and

Revised Policy Manual

(In development during 2020)

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. Members can also consult past issues of the Directory here.

 

  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.

 

         

 Redefining Fire Report


 

 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. Click here to view the report.


 

 

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   Chief's Chatroom  

 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 developed a chatroom where member can pose their questions to fellow members for discussion. Click here to access the forum.

 

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

 

 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 about Fire Rescue Canada 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

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


       

 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 has revived Answer the Call Program to help all departments recruit volunteer firefighters into the next decade. CAFC is also partnering with various Provincial and territorial association to further develop the program across the country. Click here to access customizable resources.

 

   

 

 

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The Benefits of CAFC Business Associate Membership

 

CAFC Printed Directory

Attend CAFC webinars for free

Three issues of CAFC Magazine

Access the National Fire Information Database

Access to Best Practices Committee for advice

Save on Fire Rescue Canada Registration

CAFC Monthly e-Newsletter

CAFC Resources – Redbook etc.

Access to Fire Research Roster

Name recognition in Directory

 

Who Can Join?

CAFC has several membership categories with different benefits (above):

 

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. To register, please fill out the form, or click here to register online.  (Please scroll down for member benefits)

 

Cost per Year: $290 + tax

 

Women Fire Chiefs can also join the CAFC and the Women Fire Chiefs and Fire Officers Network (WFCN) Learn more about the WFCN.

 

Associate 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. To register, please fill out the form, or click here to register online.

 

Cost per Year: $145+ tax

  

Woman Affiliate Company Officer:  Women 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 Women Fire Chiefs Network. Exposure to the culture, network, issues, and policy files is a key benefit of this membership.

 

Cost per Year: $145 + tax

 

Business Associate  Each year, the CAFC welcomes a limited number of business associate members. These are typically private-for-profit or not-for-profit companies that share in the interests of the CAFC. Business associates may include consultants and service, technology or equipment providers.  Business associates are entitled to the benefits shown for business associates in the chart on page 2 of the form. This does not replace or include the traditional sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities at Fire Rescue Canada, but it does allow business associates to become more aware of the work of the CAFC. For more information and/or to join, complete the Business Associate Membership form - available shortly.

 

Cost per Year: $495 + tax

 

Retired AssociateFormer 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. To register, please fill out the form, or click here to register online.

 

Cost per Year: $65 + tax

 

Life and Honoree AssociateThe 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 $290 for individual chiefs and $145 for company officers comes not only with the benefits above, but over $600 in savings when we consider the $200.00 Fire Rescue Canada discount for members and the $500 in savings for webinar costs. This is in addition to education, networking, advocacy, data and best practices.

 

Questions?

 

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

Email:  atherrien@cafc.ca

 

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