CFAA History

It is with a sense of pride, accomplishment and a new focus in its commitment to public safety across Canada that the CFAA celebrates its 40 years of history. The CFAA was founded on July 10, 1973.

The CFAA remains steadfast in its original mission to "Maximize the Effectiveness and Use of Fire Alarm Systems in the Protection of Life and Property".
Our work began in 1973 when a small group of Canadian fire alarm professionals, driven by the strong leadership of Jack Duggan of Fire Devices, met with the officers of the U.S. based Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) in June, 1973, to explore the feasibility of establishing an AFAA chapter in Canada.
However, these visionary Canadian pioneers shared a broader dream beyond a chapter status and opted to establish a unique Canadian identity.

And so the CFAA was born!
At an inaugural meeting on July 10, 1973, with the following founders in attendance, history was made.


Jack Duggan  - Fire Devices 
Herman Fischer  - Simplex International
Frank Vitale - Check Security
Allen Hodgson - Ruscoe Controls
Gene Zorn - Kidde
Trevor Babbs - Edwards
Jim Pratt  - Unelco
Chris Crosina - Unelco
John Grieco - Automatic Sprinkler
Doug Hartley - Automatic Sprinkler
Gerry Landmesser - Pyrotronics
Rich Morris - Pyrotronics
Bud Moulson - Levitt Safety

Our founders were enormously successful, as they laid a sturdy foundation for the CFAA objective in growing the effectiveness and use of fire alarm systems in Canada. 

Today, the CFAA is building on this success and, while change is in the air, our Association's roadmap remains steadfast in our commitment to a safer Canada by recognition of a stronger emphasis on a national presence and an enhanced responsiveness to training, education, outreach and serving the needs of our members, technicians, users and the public.