IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs

IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs The IAFC is the leading provider of education, leadership and advocacy for current and future fire and emergency service officers.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) represents the leadership of fire, rescue and EMS responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this site reflect the personal opinion of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IAFC, its officers, divisions, sections or committees, or other constituent parts. Further, the IAFC does not guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of any comments posted to its Facebook fan page. Users may not post any content that is obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to any person or entity. The IAFC reserves the right to delete or edit any comments that it considers inappropriate or unacceptable. By submitting a comment, users expressly grant the IAFC a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable license to publish, modify, reproduce, display, distribute, and use such content for any purpose without further notice or consent.

Hurry! Chiefs and Chief Officers - this is your last week to become an IAFC member and save on first-year dues. Special ...
07/08/2019

Hurry! Chiefs and Chief Officers - this is your last week to become an IAFC member and save on first-year dues. Special ends July 15. Join online, submit an application or request an invoice. IAFC.org/join IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section IAFC - VCOS Section IAFC - EFO Section

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07/08/2019

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Being “functionally fit” is a relative term. However, you may define it, know that it means much more than just bein...
07/08/2019
Understanding Functional Fitness: 6 Tips for Success

Being “functionally fit” is a relative term. However, you may define it, know that it means much more than just being “in shape.” Read more:

There is no disputing that our fitness for duty is a requirement of our profession. Consider other occupational or professional athletes (that is who we are): hockey players, soccer players, gymnasts, for example; all train specifically to excel in the performance of their chosen profession. As fire...

ET3 has the potential to revolutionize how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses fire/EMS agenc...
07/06/2019
Six Things Fire Chiefs Need to Know About ET3

ET3 has the potential to revolutionize how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses fire/EMS agencies.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) created shock waves in the EMS world in February with the announcement of the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program. As you may have heard, ET3 has the potential to revolutionize how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services....

Firefighters are at a higher risk to develop cancer, but reducing risk takes a common-sense approach.  Read more:
07/05/2019
The Call You Never Want to Receive

Firefighters are at a higher risk to develop cancer, but reducing risk takes a common-sense approach. Read more:

Chief Steve Weissman is retired from the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department and is currently a deputy fire chief for the Stafford County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department and the Virginia assistant state director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.   Make sure to regi...

Please join the FAA on Thursday, July 18 at 4 PM ET for a free live webinar, “What is the Low Altitude Authorization a...
07/05/2019

Please join the FAA on Thursday, July 18 at 4 PM ET for a free live webinar, “What is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)?” LAANC has revolutionized the way the FAA manages airspace authorizations and provides drone pilots with increased access to controlled airspace, as well as greater flexibility in operational planning.
This webinar will help you understand what the capability is, how it works, and how you, the drone pilot, can use it to get near-real time airspace authorizations. We’ll also discuss how the FAA, in partnership with the drone industry, enables more flights into the National Airspace System though LAANC.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/yyndlvez

Have fun and be safe celebrating America's independence.
07/04/2019

Have fun and be safe celebrating America's independence.

How can you best prepare to become a five-bugle chief? Join special guest Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Fire Chief Tris...
07/03/2019

How can you best prepare to become a five-bugle chief?

Join special guest Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Fire Chief Trisha Wolford and Prince William County (Virginia) Fire Chief (Retired) Mary Beth Michos, who will share their experiences and address key elements of preparation.
Listen Now | https://buff.ly/2X7tjqT

Do you know a first responder that always goes above and beyond the call of duty?
07/03/2019
U.S. Bureau of Justice Seeking Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Nominations

Do you know a first responder that always goes above and beyond the call of duty?

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking nominations for the 2018–2019 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor through 11:59 PM ET July 31. This is the United States' highest public safety honor that can be awarded to emergency medical personnel, firefighters, and law enforcement officers wh...

Still deciding? Take it from your peers - Phenomenal level of training. Perfectly sized conference and expo.Great opport...
07/03/2019
FRI Fire-Rescue International

Still deciding? Take it from your peers - Phenomenal level of training. Perfectly sized conference and expo.Great opportunity to network and reconnect. #FRI2019 is just around the corner and early bird rates END TODAY!

Register now: IAFC.org/FRI

Premier education and networking for fire chiefs & emergency service leaders. Topics and 600+ exhibitors focus on all-hazards management; community risk reduction; emerging trends & wicked problems; leadership; safety & health; technology & more.

Don't lose your spark! Become an IAFC member today and you'll find inspiration, support and guidance to make your job ea...
07/02/2019

Don't lose your spark! Become an IAFC member today and you'll find inspiration, support and guidance to make your job easier. IAFC membership special for all ranks ends July 15. Join today! IAFC.org/join IAFC - EFO Section IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section IAFC - VCOS Section

Have you had a chance to check out the #FRI2019 Podcast Series yet? Enjoy these easily digestible interviews with upcomi...
07/01/2019

Have you had a chance to check out the #FRI2019 Podcast Series yet? Enjoy these easily digestible interviews with upcoming FRI speakers! https://buff.ly/2ZZ3y99

Have you served time in your risk-reduction bureau? You should.
06/28/2019
Diversify Your Experience

Have you served time in your risk-reduction bureau? You should.

William Hyde, EFO, CFO, CEMSO, FIFireE, is the deputy chief of community risk reduction for the Rogers (Arkansas) Fire Department. He serves as vice chair of the Executive Fire Officers Section’s Board and is a member of the IAFC On Scene advisory board; he’s been a member of the IAFC since 2009...

In the past, customer service was taught at the fire station and learned on the job by observing senior firefighters. Ho...
06/28/2019
Are Your Firefighters Good Hotel Employees?

In the past, customer service was taught at the fire station and learned on the job by observing senior firefighters. However, this is doing the firefighter and the community a disservice.

In the past, customer service was taught at the fire station and learned on the job by observing senior firefighters. However, this is doing the firefighter and the community a disservice. The fire service is known for providing customer service. When you became a firefighter, were you taught to pro...

Our Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research is partnering with Oklahoma State University to bring you a #FRI2019 pr...
06/28/2019

Our Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research is partnering with Oklahoma State University to bring you a #FRI2019 pre-conference with the latest in fire-based research.

Discover forward-thinking research presentations that can be applied with decision making, policy and procedures, and improve fire service operations. https://buff.ly/2ZgYpc7

Don't wait! Early bird rates end in 1 week! #FRI2019 offers specific leadership programs for company officers, chief off...
06/26/2019

Don't wait! Early bird rates end in 1 week! #FRI2019 offers specific leadership programs for company officers, chief officers, new fire chiefs and veteran chiefs. Come together to grow, exchange ideas, and share skills on how to navigate through the difficult challenges. Register today: buff.ly/2IPdRH4

The path to becoming fire chief is often challenging & unpredictable.With that in mind, how can you best prepare to beco...
06/26/2019

The path to becoming fire chief is often challenging & unpredictable.With that in mind, how can you best prepare to become a five-bugle chief?

Join co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas fire chief & 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer, for episode two of iCHIEFS.
Listen Now | https://buff.ly/2X7tjqT

It's FriYAY and Safety Stand Down Week is almost over...Grab your ear buds and listen to the latest iCHIEFS podcast with...
06/21/2019

It's FriYAY and Safety Stand Down Week is almost over...

Grab your ear buds and listen to the latest iCHIEFS podcast with @tomcjenkins & @CEOGilbert as they explore reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week. Listen Now | https://buff.ly/2Z6G15C

Looking to gain a better understanding of how research impacts the fire service? We're partnering with Oklahoma State Un...
06/19/2019

Looking to gain a better understanding of how research impacts the fire service?

We're partnering with Oklahoma State University to bring you the latest in fire-based research at #FRI2019. Discover pioneering research projects that can improve fire service operations. https://buff.ly/2Ici8UV

06/17/2019

Come visit us at booth #511 this week! We're at the National Homeland Security Conference in Phoenix. Check out resources from our Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee here: https://buff.ly/2Ff3pq1 #NHSC2019 #IAFC #ESCI

Need a specific resource for a safety issue? Check out our online library that includes cancer prevention plans, fire sa...
06/17/2019

Need a specific resource for a safety issue? Check out our online library that includes cancer prevention plans, fire safety research, our near miss program and much more. https://buff.ly/2WPensd #firefightersafety @IAFC_SHS

It's officially Safety Stand Down Week! Listen to the latest iCHIEFS podcast with @tomcjenkins  & @CEOGilbert as they ex...
06/16/2019

It's officially Safety Stand Down Week!

Listen to the latest iCHIEFS podcast with @tomcjenkins & @CEOGilbert as they explore reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week. Listen Now | https://buff.ly/2Z6G15C

06/15/2019

We're on the road! Join the IAFC and Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) buff.ly/2X9Jt22 at the National Homeland Security Conference, June 17- 20, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. https://buff.ly/2F7PwKp Visit us in booth #511 and learn about IAFC membership specials, programs, training, and education opportunities, and how ESCI’s consulting services can help your department and community. We look forward to meeting you! #IAFC #ESCI

On this US Flag Day 2019, IAFC staff pauses for 50 seconds of reflection (1 second for every star on the flag) about our...
06/14/2019

On this US Flag Day 2019, IAFC staff pauses for 50 seconds of reflection (1 second for every star on the flag) about our democracy and American unity.

It’s a full house at #hazmat2019 as we wait for keynote Armando Bevelacqua.
06/14/2019

It’s a full house at #hazmat2019 as we wait for keynote Armando Bevelacqua.

The IAFC is pleased to support Mr. Jeff Byard's nomination to serve as the next FEMA Administrator. Deputy Chief Derron ...
06/13/2019

The IAFC is pleased to support Mr. Jeff Byard's nomination to serve as the next FEMA Administrator. Deputy Chief Derron Hawkins, Washington DC Fire and EMS, represented the IAFC in showing support for Mr. Byard at his Senate confirmation hearing this week.

Looking to gain a better understanding of how research impacts the fire service? We're partnering with Oklahoma State Un...
06/12/2019

Looking to gain a better understanding of how research impacts the fire service?

We're partnering with Oklahoma State University to bring you the latest in fire-base research at #FRI2019. Discover pioneering research projects that can improve fire service operations. https://buff.ly/2Ici8UV

06/12/2019
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First responders and fire service leaders are encouraged to join the webinar, “Substation Fires: Working with First Responders - Lessons Learned,” 1:30-2:30 PM ET, June 19. The webinar is being presented by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). This webinar is based on a guidance document published by NERC earlier this year in cooperation with the IAFC and NVFC. Register: https://tinyurl.com/y65pfo3r

Don’t just get on the job, get into the job with the latest The HazMat Guys Podcast who got the chance to discuss at l...
06/12/2019
THMG185a - Infomercial with Toby Bevelacqua at IAFC – The Hazmat Guys

Don’t just get on the job, get into the job with the latest The HazMat Guys Podcast who got the chance to discuss at length with a #Hazmat2019 instructor about the way things were taught historically & where we are going.

Take a listen, & bring a notepad.

In this episode, Bob talks to hazmat instructor Toby Bevelacqua about the past, present, and future of hazmat. They agree that shows like IAFC are a great opportunity to collaborate with our peers and expand our horizons. Thank to our sponsors, CavCom, Inc., First Line Technology, and All Safe Indus...

Our Hazmat Conference kicks off today with some amazing precon sessions. Will we see you there? 👀👀👀#GetTrained ...
06/12/2019

Our Hazmat Conference kicks off today with some amazing precon sessions. Will we see you there? 👀👀👀

#GetTrained #BePrepared #Hazmat

The IAFC Hazmat Center is filming videos for our Community Safety Grant Toolkit before the 2019 #Hazmat Conference begins. #HazmatConf2019 #GetTrainedBePrepared

Call for Presentations for #WUI2020 has been extended!Explore the presentation topics to learn more about the conference...
06/11/2019

Call for Presentations for #WUI2020 has been extended!

Explore the presentation topics to learn more about the conference and share your expertise with colleagues to advance the profession of wildland-urban interface. https://buff.ly/2WYaMfM
#WUI #firesafety

06/11/2019
Fighting in the Gray Areas: Where Red Meets Blue on Active Shooter Incidents

Today's active shooter incidents demand that fire/EMS departments operate within the warm/hot zones typically occupied solely by law enforcement. In this #FRI2019 session, gain an understanding of how to operate in the gray areas, where the initial team meets the secondary team. Listen to a sneak peek of this session in the FRI Podcast Series.

Today's active shooter incidents demand that fire/EMS departments operate within the warm/hot zones typically occupied solely by law enforcement. Using case studies, analysis, and fire/EMS/law enforcement experience, this session will discuss how to establish a rescue task force (RTF) in your jurisd...

06/11/2019
Hazmat Fusion Center

Catch the latest Hazmat Fusion Center #50HazmatQuestions series on Air Purifying Respirators!

The new installment of @IAFCHazmatFC 's #50HazmatQuestions Series is out. Check out the video on Air Purifying Respirators. Watch more videos on our #YouTube channel https://youtu.be/b3lT8EsGV4k

#GetTrainedBePrepared
#Hazmat
#HazmatTraining
#FireFighters

#Hazmat2019 starts tomorrow! From mercury spill labs to cargo tank incidents, take a break from the hot zone to join us ...
06/11/2019

#Hazmat2019 starts tomorrow!

From mercury spill labs to cargo tank incidents, take a break from the hot zone to join us at #Hazmat2019 and mingle with the best and brightest in #hazmat. https://buff.ly/2Ps8lM7

#firesafety #fireeducation

#Hazmat2019 is this week and only 47 states are represented this year. Invest in yourself and your team and represent yo...
06/10/2019

#Hazmat2019 is this week and only 47 states are represented this year. Invest in yourself and your team and represent your state!

Don't miss top experts and innovators in hazmat response. Register Now: https://buff.ly/2IaAtQV

#GetTrained #BePrepared

Have you heard the latest iCHIEFS podcast on Reducing Firefighter Cancer Risk? Listen to Episode 1 as  co-hosts Tom Jenk...
06/09/2019

Have you heard the latest iCHIEFS podcast on Reducing Firefighter Cancer Risk?

Listen to Episode 1 as co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer explore reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week, June 16-22. https://buff.ly/2Z6G15C

#firefighter #firesafety #safetystanddown

Are you looking to build your network in the fire and EMS community? Plan to attend #FRM2019. Only a few more days left ...
06/07/2019

Are you looking to build your network in the fire and EMS community? Plan to attend #FRM2019.

Only a few more days left to register! https://buff.ly/2XXfIyW

Is your department preparing for Safety Stand Down 2019? https://www.safetystanddown.org/
06/07/2019
Safety Stand Down

Is your department preparing for Safety Stand Down 2019? https://www.safetystanddown.org/

Safety Stand Down will take place June 16-22, 2019, with the theme "Reduce Your Exposure: It's Everyone's Responsibility." All departments and personnel are asked to take the week to focus their attention on safety and health education and training.

Make the shot by having the best team supporting you! IAFC membership special through July 15 for all ranks. Join online...
06/07/2019

Make the shot by having the best team supporting you! IAFC membership special through July 15 for all ranks. Join online, submit an application or request an invoice. Learn more at IAFC.org/join. #leaders #firechief #chiefofficer #companyofficer

Do you dare test your skills at #Hazmat2019?Join us for ID the Unknown, on Friday, June 14. This year we'll deploy the T...
06/07/2019

Do you dare test your skills at #Hazmat2019?

Join us for ID the Unknown, on Friday, June 14. This year we'll deploy the Thermo Fisher Scientific Gemini Analyzer to identify unknown chemicals. We're looking for five teams of two participants each!

Sign-up now: https://buff.ly/2EK1dXz

One more week to register for #Hazmat2019. Are you ready for the unexpected?? https://buff.ly/2vm04Ao#hazmat #firesafety...
06/05/2019

One more week to register for #Hazmat2019.

Are you ready for the unexpected?? https://buff.ly/2vm04Ao
#hazmat #firesafety #firefighter

The requirements of the job go beyond operations and tactics. You're also dealing with economic, demographic and social ...
06/05/2019

The requirements of the job go beyond operations and tactics. You're also dealing with economic, demographic and social changes impacting your communities. Chief Chats is tackling those changes, through engaging conversations with experts both from within and outside the fire service. Don't miss out: https://buff.ly/2WbOFhu #FRI2019

We're pleased to announce the launch of the new iCHIEFS Podcasts! Each month co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire...
06/04/2019

We're pleased to announce the launch of the new iCHIEFS Podcasts!

Each month co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer, will discuss hot-button issues with leaders in the fire and emergency service.

Listen to Episode 1 as we explore reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week, June 16-22. Listen Now: https://buff.ly/2wydYjs

On the podcast, you'll hear Chief Nathan Trauernicht, University of California-Davis, and Chief Louie Bright (Ret.), Dallas Fire-Rescue share their experiences addressing firefighter cancer and strategies they employed to reduce risk.

#firefighter #firesafety #safetystanddown

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