Professionals Helping Professionals Help the Community
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.
In addition to this long-standing goal we have broadened our scope to fit with a modern world. Our more than 450 members come from full time, part time, volunteer and industrial fire services. The task of promoting excellence in fire protection now includes dangerous goods response, high angle rescue, technical rescue, emergency medical services and a host of other emergency response and prevention functions.
Throughout the year the Association meets regularly to conduct the business of the Association and annually holds an educational conference and industry trade show for the membership. At the conference, members come together to participate in educational sessions on current Fire Service issues, to learn about new technologies and tools available to assist in delivering fire, and finally, how to provide life safety to the communities they serve.
Input from the AFCA has helped to maintain high training standards for Alberta’s fire service. The Association has also played a role in the implementation of the Learn Not to Burn and Risk Watch programs for children, the Juvenile Fire Setters Prevention program and Smoke Detector campaigns across the province. Through the participation of our members, Alberta also has one of the most progressive and effective safety codes systems in Canada.
In 1993, for the benefit of our members, the Association established the AFCA Bookstore that distributes a wide variety of educational materials related to Emergency Fire and EMS service training, codes, resources and regulatory documents.
For over 60 years we have been, and are still committed to serving our members and the communities they serve.