CAFC and CCFMFC Receive Funding to Establish National Fire Information Database
June 26, 2015
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC) are pleased to announce the approval of funding for a Pilot Project focused on developing a functional national, standardized reporting system of relevant fire data: a National Fire Information Database (NFID). This project will be supported by the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
Canada does not currently have a national fire information database. “Without trusted evidence-based data, first responders cannot act with confidence when making choices to improve policy, coordinate activity, or operate in the most impactful manner,” said CCFMFC President, Duane McKay.
“The NFID will enhance the ability of Chief Fire Officers, Fire Marshals, and Fire Commissioners to understand incident dynamics, and the actual and potential threats to public safety,” said CAFC president Paul Boissonneault.” The value and benefits of this will extend far beyond the fire community, to the broader public safety community for many years to come. “This first-ever national perspective on fire data will reveal insights into the incidents, response and impacts of threats we face.”
In addition to standardizing data collection, this project will allow Canada’s first responders to benefit from regular evidence-based reporting, in-depth academic research based on reliable emerging quantitative and qualitative data rather than anecdote. This project will help in the development of policy that responds to trends that currently cannot be identified. The database will also support valuable research on other portfolios including biological, chemical, critical infrastructure resilience, explosives, emergency management systems, forensics and natural hazards.
By linking this new database with existing socio-economic data sets, researchers will have a dramatically enhanced capability to look at the full spectrum of public safety and security trends. This “world first” initiative will encourage and support new research by Canadian academics in a capacity that previously did not exist, allowing them to address questions regarding relationships between the social, economic, criminal and demographic characteristics of households and neighbourhoods.
The new National Fire Information Database will bring consistency, relevance and rigour to the data that is collected, analyzed and used. It will enhance and ensure the ongoing safety of the public, Canada’s firefighters and other first responders.
About the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Founded in 1909, the CAFC is an independent, non-profit organization representing approximately 3,500 fire departments across Canada. As the voice of fire services in Canada, the CAFC promotes the highest standard of public safety in an ever changing and increasingly complex world. CAFC acts as the national public service association dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property from fire. For more information on the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, visit our website: www.cafc.ca
About the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners
The CCFMFC 15 member Council was formed in 1921 and consists of the senior fire officials (Fire Marshal or Fire Commissioner), as appropriate for each Province, Territory, Federal Government and the Canadian Armed Forces. Governed by a registered constitution, rules and regulations, the Council provides a forum through which issues or problems relating to all aspects of fire loss prevention, protection and emergency response may be discussed and resolved.
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