Founded in 1909, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) is an independent, non-profit organization with a voluntary membership representing approximately 3,500 fire departments across Canada. CAFC was incorporated in 1965 under the Canadian Corporations Act and it has its head office in Ottawa, Canada.
The primary mission of CAFC is to promote the highest standard of public safety in an ever changing and increasingly complex world to ensure the protection of the public through leadership, advocacy and active collaboration with key stakeholders. CAFC acts as the national public service association dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property from fire, and advancing the science and technology of the Fire and Emergency Service in Canada.
The CAFC represents the three major types of Fire Departments in Canada: full-time, volunteer and composite. Composite departments include both full-time and volunteer personnel. Volunteer and composite departments constitute the overwhelming majority of Fire Departments in Canada.
As the “Voice of the Canadian Fire Service” CAFC’s governance includes a National Advisory Council comprised
of Fire Chief Provincial and Territorial Associations as well as the:
• Canadian Council of Fire Marshal’s and Fire Commissioners
• Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
• Department of National Defence
• Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association
• Canadian Metro Chiefs
• Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The CAFC is financed primarily by sales of Fire-Service related publications and materials, and its membership dues.
CAFC values the public trust given to the fire service and will honour this trust by helping members serve as upstanding stewards of their communities.