Canadian Interagency Mutual Aid Resources Sharing (Mars) Agreement
September 13, 2021
In addition to this intra-Canadian cooperation agreement, a diplomatic note signed with the United States authorizes the sharing of resources to fight fires across the international border. The Canada/United Uniteds Reciprocal Forest Fire Fighting Arrangement (CANUS), combined with several other exceptions, allows for the rapid movement of resources across the international border – essential during a degenerate fire season. The Centre`s funding is as unique as its management systems. The federal government contributes one-third of the basic operating costs of the CIFFC. The remaining two-thirds of base costs, plus 100% of the costs of cooperative projects, are funded by 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. The CIFFC coordinates the sharing of resources, mutual assistance and the exchange of information. The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers initially advised 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. These two documents define the conditions under which resources can be legally shared, the way in which resources are made available, the costs and the conditions applicable to their return.
The CIFFC Coordination Centre maintains daily contact with the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC) in Boise Idaho and exchanges resources across the international border through the Canada/United States Reciprocal Forest Fire Fighting Arrangement. .