Highlights of Community Engagement Sessions, Employment Opportunities, and Next Steps
The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) wrapped up eight community engagement sessions held in October and November 2019. Participants from across the country attended the sessions to ensure that their community had an active role and a voice in the IFMO project. Representatives from a diverse range of leadership roles, both formal and informal, came together to share their recommendations for the organizational design of the Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO) project. The sessions covered three key areas:
- Governance Models
- Programs and Services
- Managing Expectations
The consensus from these sessions is that the current provision of fire services for Indigenous communities is inadequate but that, overall, there was optimism for the positive change that the IFMO project is seeking to achieve. Participants agreed that wide-spread communication needs to be an ongoing effort for the project and that session participants have an important role to play in communicating the project to their communities and networks.
Employment Opportunities with the IFMO Project
As we carry this project forward, we are looking to fill a variety of positions. The following opportunities are currently available:
- Project Manager — Closing February 18, 2020
- Programs and Services Resources — Closing March 31, 2020
- Corporate Development Resources — Closing March 31, 2020
- Research Director — Closing February 28, 2020
As the IFMO project moves forward, more positions will become available, in particular in administration, IT, and communications.
Next Steps for the IFMO Project
The AFAC is moving the IFMO project to the next phase with project activities in the following areas:
- Community Fire Safety Assessment: Evaluations of full community fire safety related resources and risks with the goal of developing a baseline in every community.
- Database Creation: Development of a tool that will capture fire incident data from Indigenous communities.
- Education: Reach school children, Elders, and women’s groups specifically to address the fire safety needs of the most vulnerable populations.
About AFAC: The AFAC was founded in 1991 and is a united body of regional Indigenous emergency and fire service organizations across Canada. The mandate is to represent the interests of regional associations at the national level, assist in the exchange of information between associations, support the implementation of services, and promote national standards in fire prevention, education, and suppression within Indigenous communities across Canada.