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Message from Your New President - December 2020

2020 has certainly been interesting, to say the least. Not only from dealing with the unknowns of a global pandemic, but it has also thrown all of us both personally and professionally into a state of disarray. It has caused us to challenge the way we do things and that includes how we continue to work and at the same time keep our families safe. As first responders, fire investigators, and inspectors we have to remain vigilant as we carry out our duties.

Webinar - Dynamics of Slow Ignition Scenarios (Application of cigarettes to various fuels)

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Webinar: Dynamics of Slow Ignition Scenarios (Application of cigarettes to various fuels)

Presenters:  Jason Williams and Michael Ross, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (Ontario)


Webinar - How to Build Individual and Organizational Pathways for Resiliency for First Responders

Date/Time: October 15, 2020 - 12:00 pm-1:00 pm EST  *Revised date

Webinar: How to Build Individual and Organizational Pathways for Resiliency for First Responders

Presenter: Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych.


President's Message - August 2020

Welcome to summer 2020. This year has certainly not been anything we could have imagined. We started with the loss of Tim Irish, then the virus started, and we eventually had to close down the country. The country, and the world, have undoubtedly changed. How we communicate with each other, how our circles of friends and co-workers have changed, working from home, no social meetings or gatherings, and all of our meetings are online. Now the governments are opening up the country again with summer upon us, but the virus numbers are rising back to the point equal to the original numbers.

President's Message - March 2020

This Presidents Message is very difficult to write as events since the last one has changed so much. First off was the loss of my dear friend and colleague Tim Irish in January. Tim's passing was such a shock to everyone who knew him. Tim's dedication to CAFI was above and beyond, and he was so excited to become President in December. Tim had so many ideas of how he was going to implement during his term. The training was one. He and I wanted to have online training for all Fire Services across Canada. We had been working on this for months.

In Memoriam - Tim Irish

In Memoriam - Tim Irish

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Tim Irish, 1st Vice President of CAFI. Tim passed away on January 21, 2020 after a very brief illness.

Tim had been an invaluable executive member of the CAFI Board. His passing will be a huge loss to the Association and he will be deeply missed.




President's Message - December 2019

Hello all from Alberta:

It is that time of year where we start preparing for our end of year festivities and spending time with our families. We have also just finished Thanksgiving; a time for remembering our past year and what it has meant to us as well as reflecting on how our families are the most important part of our life.

President's Message - October 2019

Hello all from Alberta:

With summer coming to a close, I hope everyone had a great vacation and was able to enjoy family and friends during this time. I had the pleasure to visit my family in New Brunswick and enjoyed the great visit and Love from them. Building memories with family and friends are one of the great joys in life.