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CFAA History


A small group of Canadian fire alarm professionals, led by Jack Duggan of Fire Devices, started to explore the idea of a fire alarm industry association in Canada. After considering opening a chapter of the U.S.-based Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), they opted instead to create an independent association with a unique Canadian identity. The inaugural meeting of the CFAA took place on July 10, 1973, with the original founders in attendance.


The CFAA remains committed to the effectiveness and use of fire alarm systems across Canada. Our national presence continues to grow, along with our training programs, seminars, and community outreach initiatives. CFAA is proud to serve the needs of our members, technicians, users, and the public.

CFAA Founders

  • Jack Duggan – Fire Devices
  • Herman Fischer – Simplex International
  • Frank Vitale – Check Security
  • Allen Hodgson – Ruscoe Controls
  • Gene Zom – Kidde
  • Trevor Babs – 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