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National Aboriginal Firefighters’ Competition going strong after 25 years
August 15, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated the Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada (AFAC) on the 25th anniversary of the Aboriginal Firefighters’ Competition and for its ongoing work in promoting fire prevention across Canada through its #BeFireSafe education campaign. The Government of Canada is once again a proud contributor to this important event.
The skills and abilities of Aboriginal Firefighters from First Nations across Canada are being showcased this weekend in Fort McKay First Nation, Alberta. Aboriginal firefighters’ from across Canada will compete in the spirit of comradery and strengthening community fire safety.
The competition provides a venue to showcase new firefighting techniques, exchange best practices between communities, and increase awareness about fire prevention. Teams compete in a series of challenges such as bucket target relays and hose transitions. Participants also attend training seminars throughout the duration of the competition to hone their skills.
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) allocates an average of approximately $215,000 annually to the Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada to coordinate a number of fire prevention awareness and training initiatives, including the annual National Aboriginal Firefighters’ Competition and the National Fire Safety Multimedia and Poster Contest for school-aged children and youth.
- The #BeFireSafe national awareness campaign features a series of seasonal fire safety tips that Canada and AFAC encourage people to follow to prevent fires.
"The health and safety of all Canadians is our priority and we are proud to support the Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada for advancing fire prevention and awareness in First Nations communities. I applaud all participants and all dedicated Aboriginal firefighters’ across Canada who steadfastly serve and protect as well as stand as role models for members of Aboriginal communities."- Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"Fire prevention can make a positive difference in reducing fire incidence and can save peoples’ homes and lives. I am proud to be a part of a Government that remains committed to working with all First Nations and partners to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations communities."- David Yurdiga,
Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray, Alberta
"The National Fire Competition has incorporated fire prevention training and an opportunity for the Aboriginal fire services to share strategies to help prevent fires, reduce loss of life and property damage and support community sustainability. As the fire service has evolved so has the focus of firefighters. The competition is based on actual fire ground skills and for 25 years now, AFAC has been a proud supporter of the National Fire Competition which gives Aboriginal firefighters the opportunity to showcase the professional standards they utilize each day in protecting their communities."- Blaine Wiggins,
Executive Director, Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada
- Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
- AFAC Firefighters’ Challenge: Competition
- AFAC Evolution Calendar for 2014
- BeFireSafe campaign
- First Nations Fire Protection Strategy
- BBQ safety video
- Infographics: Fire Safety & BBQ Safety
- Audio News Releases: Fire Safety Tips & BBQ Safety
- First Nation Fire Protection Services: Frequently Asked Questions
- National Fire Protection Association
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