The IAFC produces premier conferences and exhibitions for the broader fire and emergency service, as well as operational areas and audiences like EMS, hazmat, volunteer and combination, and wildland/urban interface.
IAFC conferences bring together thousands of the world's leading decision makers and experts on all facets of the emergency service, from leadership and management to operations.
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Fire-Rescue International (FRI)
August 26-29, 2015
Each August, thousands of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come together for 5 days of learning, networking and collaboration at FRI. FRI education covers all areas of the emergency service: navigating the political environment, managing change, ethical leadership, EMS issues, career development and more. More than 600 exhibitors showcase the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, technology, equipment, gear and more.
Using case-studies in a small-class format, fire service experts take participants through an intensive, two-day program that teaches lessons not taught in any school. This executive leadership program is designed for newly appointed fire chiefs and those preparing to become fire chiefs.
Fire-Rescue Med (FRM)
Date and Location TBD
Each spring, Fire-Rescue Med is the conference for fire-based EMS leaders, including new and aspiring chiefs, providing education and training on hiring and retaining EMTs, public and private integration challenges, embracing technology, billing for services, illness prevention programs and more. On the exhibit floor, attendees meet face-to-face with the vendors that provide critical products and services to the EMS community.
Global Fire Service Leadership Summit
Today’s dynamic, global community calls for a strong position of leadership from those sworn to protect it. Attendees at the Global Fire Service Leadership Summit (GFSLS)—an unprecedented convening of international, national and regional fire service associations—discuss important issues, share experiences and learn from one another. In turn, summit participants generate new ideas to strengthen and advance the cause of the fire service worldwide.
International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference
May 28-May 31, 2015
Held each spring, the IAFC's Hazmat Conference provides the latest classroom, hands-on and field trip-based training on what's new in hazmat, covering all aspects of hazmat, including transportation, safety, WMD, gear, terrorism, mass decontamination, bioterrorism and more. The hazmat exhibit floor includes outdoor demonstrations of hazardous materials gear and equipment.
New Chief Leadership Symposium
The New Chief Leadership Symposium (NCLS) offers new and prospective chiefs the executive level skills and knowledge they need to succeed early on in their tenure.
Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) Symposium in the Sun
November 6-9, 2014
Clearwater Beach, FL
Each fall, the VCOS Symposium addresses the unique needs of volunteer and combination departments including transitioning from a volunteer to a combination department, recruitment and retention, leadership and management, staffing and more.
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Conference
March 24-26, 2015
Held in the spring, WUI brings together leaders from the local, state and federal levels to collaborate against the fastest growing fire threat in the world—the wildland/urban interface. From education and mitigation, suppression strategies, high-hazard operations to policy, and including 40,000 square feet of exhibits, WUI addresses the toughest challenges facing the wildland firefighting community.
Managing Conflict in Combination Fire Departments
Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention in Rural Pennsylvania
Departments & Staff
Be Political without Being a Politician: 9 Tips for Planning and Mindset