About the OAFC

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs' mission is to lead innovation and excellence in public and life safety. To achieve this, we provide a recognized, authoritative voice for all matters relating to the management and delivery of fire and emergency services in Ontario. We work cooperatively with the provincial government, key stakeholders, and other organizations to promote excellence and innovation in the areas of education and training, legislation and public policy, fire and membership services. We are the trusted advisor to the provincial government, key stakeholders and media on matters relating to public and firefighter safety.

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs represents the chief fire officers of the 437 fire departments in the Province of Ontario. These chief officers are ultimately responsible, by statute, for the management and delivery of fire, rescue, and emergency response to the 15 million residents of Ontario.

The 437 fire departments are divided into 32 career fire departments, 210 composite fire departments and 195 volunteer fire departments. There are 30,716 firefighters in Ontario including 18,281 volunteer firefighters, 11,971 career firefighters, and 464 part-time firefighters.

OAFC Vision and Mission Statement

The Vision of the OAFC is “Inspiring and influencing a safer Ontario” and our Mission Statement is “Leading innovation and excellence in public and life safety”. 

We achieve this by:

  • Sound, responsible leadership
  • A respected, recognized public safety profile
  • Effective communication and advocacy
  • A broad-based membership
  • Member services
  • Contemporary education and professional programs
  • An internationally renowned Conference and Trade Show
  • Creative partnerships
  • A “Can Do” approach that builds stakeholder enthusiasm and trust