OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/13 -- Today, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) extended its appreciation and best wishes to Hon. Vic Toews as he departs his role as Minister of Public Safety.
"On behalf of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, I extend our sincere thanks to Minister Toews for his dedication to public service and specifically for his support for Canada's emergency responders in his role as Minister of Public Safety," said Stephen Gamble, President of the CAFC. "It has been a pleasure to work with a Minister with an unwavering commitment to strengthening the safety of Canadians and improving conditions for Canada's fire services."
The CAFC has worked closely with Public Safety Canada on a number of public safety issues during Toews' tenure as Minister. Specifically, the CAFC worked with Minister Toews to establish the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit, which recognizes the vital services provided by more than 80,000 volunteer firefighters in Canada. This credit helps recruit and retain the brave men and women who are the backbone of emergency response services in rural Canada.
The CAFC appreciated the important support provided by Minister Toews leading to the Government of Canada's announcement of the initial designation of spectrum in the 700 MHz band for the exclusive use of public safety. The CAFC also acknowledges the Government of Canada's significant financial commitment to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial, which is located in Ottawa.
"The Canadian Fire Service has made significant steps forward working with the federal government as a result of Minister Toews' leadership," added Gamble. "We were fortunate to have him as a champion for the Canadian Fire Service. On behalf of our Association, I wish him well in his future endeavours."
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
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