Answering the Call: CAFC partners with AFCA to improve access to volunteer recruitment tools
May 28, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario –
In an effort to celebrate the contributions of volunteer firefighters, while inspiring others to join them, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs signed an agreement with the Alberta Association of Fire Chiefs to expand their volunteer recruitment campaign across Canada.
“Increasing the reach of this campaign will help us connect with Canadians from coast to coast to coast who may be looking to “Answer the Call” to serve as volunteer firefighters within their communities, “ said Paul Boissonneault, President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. “Fire departments across the country will benefit by being able to access tools to help develop their own hub for recruiting and celebrating volunteer firefighters.”
Originally developed by the Alberta Association of Fire Chiefs, the campaign provides information resources, marketing materials, and a distinct mark for recruiting, identifying and promoting the work of volunteer firefighters. By taking the campaign nation-wide, the two partner associations are working together to lend a hand in other provinces and territories seeking deeper community engagement in bolstering the ranks of volunteer fire fighters, who already make up 80 per cent of firefighters in Canada.
“Alberta recognizes the substantial number of volunteers in Alberta and the importance of maintaining the strength of our responder base. The high percentage of volunteers in Alberta is mirrored across the country,” said Peter Krich, President of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association. “This collaboration with CAFC helps us build on our original vision of supporting and recruiting volunteers – extending beyond the Alberta border to help promote safety and protect people in communities right across the country.”
The National Campaign will launch later in 2016 and partner with corporations and interested community stakeholders to generate awareness of opportunities to become a volunteer firefighter and inspire recruitment by celebrating the contributions these dedicated individuals make to their communities.
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 Alberta Association of Fire Chiefs
Established in 1948, the AFCA undertook the mission and began the task of promoting excellence in fire protection. Right from the beginning members of the Association worked collectively to promote information sharing and joint problem solving to minimize the impacts of fires on Alberta’s communities. Still, today the Association works 365 days a year to minimize the impact on Albertans due to fire and life safety hazards.
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