The IFNA Emergency Operations aim to be prepared and accessible to each member community in the event of a crisis. Strategies, procedures and programs have been developed to deploy Emergency Response teams to support and manage all community-level operations.
Preparing and equipping our communities for emergencies through ground support, training and research.
24/7 EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS | OPERATIONAL SUPPORT & TRAINING | STRATEGIC OPERATIONS & RESEARCH
In efforts to ensure that there are emergency response capabilities around the clock, the IFNA Emergency Operations staff have developed two services: the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and deployable Incident Management Teams (IMTs).
Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
- Prepared for high level coordination of external resources in the event of an emergency.
- Liaison to the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) in order to support communities facing a crisis or disaster that overwhelms their local capacity.
Incident Management Teams (IMT's)
- Able to deploy to the community or evacuation site as part of the IFNA EOC activation.
- Provides “boots on the ground” support in the form of incident command, operations, planning, logistics, administration and finance.
Emergency Operations provides emergency management training and support to its communities in order to build their capacity and self-reliance. Emergency Operations staff use their hands-on knowledge and experience to properly equip member communities with procedures and strategies to deploy in the event of an emergency. The in-depth program includes:
- Support for communities developing their capacity in all five emergency management areas:
- Support for each community in developing an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and performing exercises to ensure the plan is up to date and functional.
- Operational support for IFNA communities through building Fire Departments and Emergency Management overall capacity including becoming host communities.
- Providing yearly Basic Incident Management Systems (IMS) 200 and Basic Emergency Management (BEM) 200 along with plans for Ontario Fire College / National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) training for all IFNA communities.
As part of the mission to prepare its communities for action in the event of a crisis, the IFNA Emergency Operations team strives to increase preparedness through research, networking and pilot projects that will increase capacity and strengthen resources.
The Emergency Operations team works tirelessly on:
- Development and execution of IFNA managed pilot projects in efforts to benefit community safety through better emergency management and development of response models. Current pilot projects include:
- 24/7 All Hazards Response Team in Lac Seul First Nation
- Shelter-In-Place to test portable heavy-duty air filtration systems which could potentially allow individuals to remain in their community in the event of heavy smoke threat where there is no fire threat.
- Regional leadership and networking.
- Co-chairing the Northern Ontario Emergency Management Working Group.
- Working with stakeholders to pursue the best possible outcomes for IFNA as well as all northern indigenous communities.
- Developing a research division to ensure best practices are being followed and to ensure funding grants are pursued in areas that will build community emergency capacity (i.e. Jordan’s Principle).