Canadian Interagency Mutual Aid Resources Sharing (Mars) Agreement

The two documents define the conditions under which funds can be distributed legally, how funds are made available, the costs involved and the conditions for their return. Funds in Canada are allocated on a formal basis under the Canadian Shared Aid Sharing Agreement (MARS), which outlines three categories of resources: equipment, personnel and aircraft. The funding of the centre is as unique as its management systems. The federal government bears one-third of CIFFC`s operating costs. The remaining two-thirds of the base costs, plus 100% of the cost of the collaborative project, are funded by the provinces and territories using a calculated model that takes into account many variables in terms of the size of their program and the use of external resources. During the fire season, CIFFC is in service seven days a week. An integral part of its business is the “situation report,” which provides all member organizations with information and information about the fire situation. CIFFC also identifies available resources that are transferred to and from participating agencies, including aircraft, personnel, equipment and specialized items. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) is a non-profit corporation owned and managed by the Regional Wildlife and Wildlife Services to coordinate resource sharing, mutual assistance and information sharing. In addition, CIFFC also serves as a collective focus and intermediary for the cooperation and coordination of Wildland firefighters at the national and international level in long-term fire management planning, program preparation and personnel planning.

The CIFFC Coordination Centre is in daily contact with the Boise Idaho National Intergenesis Coordination Centre (NICC) and exchanging resources across the international border through Canada/States Forest Fire Fighting. In addition to this cooperation agreement within Canada, a diplomatic note signed with the United States authorizes the sharing of firefighting resources across the international border. The CanUS (Canada/United States Forest Fire Fighting Arrangement), combined with several other exceptions, allows for rapid transfer of resources across the international border – which is essential during an escalating fire season. The Canadian Forest Council had initially directed cIFFC to promote and improve fire management at the national level. The Centre continues to meet this challenge through its agreements and the development of standards and cooperation projects through various working groups.