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02/11/2022
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Fire Service Executive Development Institute Application Period Is Extended! The FSEDI application period is extended through Monday February 14th, 2022 at 5 PM (ET) as a result of technical issue on Friday February 11th that inadvertently removed the application link for several hours on the FSEDI web page. APPLY NOW, https://buff.ly/3H3WjCG

02/01/2022
FSEDI Apply Now

REMINDER: Applications due February 11. The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) is accepting applications! This program provides new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure. APPLY NOW, https://buff.ly/3H3WjCG

 Registration is Open! New year, new approaches. Learn new ideas to take back to your department. Register before Feb 22...
01/27/2022
2022 Wildland Urban Interface

Registration is Open! New year, new approaches. Learn new ideas to take back to your department. Register before Feb 22 and save!

The 3rd International Fire Operations Conference & Exhibition (IFOC) is being organized to provide an optimum platform f...
01/18/2022

The 3rd International Fire Operations Conference & Exhibition (IFOC) is being organized to provide an optimum platform for academicians, researchers, managers, subject matter experts, and students to share their research findings and best practices with the global audience. All full paper submissions will be reviewed by the technical committee and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research depth, accuracy, and relevance to the conference theme and topics. https://buff.ly/33RpNFq

The Supreme Court blocked an emergency temporary standard by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
01/13/2022
Supreme Court Decision on Vaccine Mandates: What It Means for Fire Departments

The Supreme Court blocked an emergency temporary standard by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Today the Supreme Court issued a ruling affecting vaccine-and-testing requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Supreme Court blocked a temporary emergency standard by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would have required employers with at least 100 employees to e...

Call for papers for the 3rd International Fire Operations Conference!
01/04/2022
3rd IFOC 2022 | KSA

Call for papers for the 3rd International Fire Operations Conference!

The 3rd Edition of The International Fire Operations Conference & Exhibition (IFOC) will be an exclusive platform to gather Leaders and Professionals from Cross Industries, Government, Academia & Communities to network and deliberate upon best practices, share knowledge, and show case advanced techn...

National Traffic Incident Responders Awareness Week (NTIRAW) is now Responder Safety Week (CRSW). CRSW will be held from...
10/07/2021
FHWA, IAFC, and Crash Responder Safety Week

National Traffic Incident Responders Awareness Week (NTIRAW) is now Responder Safety Week (CRSW). CRSW will be held from November 8-14 this year, and each day has a specific theme.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) encourages each member and department to review the events for CRSW and work to promote these at the local level.

Learn more about the efforts of all the folks involved by reading this excellent overview by Chief Norris W. Croom III.

https://www.iafc.org/iCHIEFS/iCHIEFS-article/fhwa-iafc-and-crash-responder-safety-week

Joe Kratochvil of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) was featured on WAGM-TV for presenting and promoti...
10/05/2021
Disaster Planning Workshop Held

Joe Kratochvil of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) was featured on WAGM-TV for presenting and promoting community and first responder disaster planning.

The recent class was held in Fort Kent Fire Department, Maine.

A workshop on Disaster Planning was held at the Fort Kent Fire Department today.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearin...
10/01/2021
Home | Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a hearing with disaster preparedness and response experts to hear how worsening natural disasters, including flooding, severe storms, and wildfires, continue to harm lives and livelihoods in Michigan and across the nation. Peters and the witnesses discussed how lawmakers can work to improve preparedness for and response to increasingly severe natural disasters, and strengthen the resiliency of our nation’s infrastructure to withstand their devastating effects.

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/majority-media/peters-convenes-hearing-with-emergency-management-experts-to-examine-natural-disaster-preparedness-and-response

09/22/2021
The Industrial Fire and Safety Section

The Industrial Fire and Safety Section is a forum for industrial fire and safety professionals to exchange ideas and experiences and an opportunity for industrial and municipal fire and safety professionals to network. The section gave the industrial sector a voice in the IAFC, and therefore a voice at the government level. The section has become a source for up-to-date information, training resources, regulatory input, and equipment information through a network of experienced professionals.

Learn more: https://www.iafc.org/about-iafc/sections/industrial-fire-safety

As we look back on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are honored to have Chief Joseph Pfeifer join us for this special po...
09/13/2021
9/11 Never Forget Lessons Learned

As we look back on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are honored to have Chief Joseph Pfeifer join us for this special podcast. Chief Pfeifer was the first FDNY chief on the scene as the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Chief Pfeifer retired from FDNY in 2018 as the Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness.

Listen as Chief Pfeifer outlines lessons learned these past 20 years, how we’ve built and improved our preparedness and what the fire service should do moving forward.

Chief Pfeifer is also sharing his account of the horrid events that took place on that day in a new book, Ordinary Heros: A Memoir of 9/11, which is available now.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/ichiefs/2021/09/10/911-never-forget-lessons-learned

As we look back today on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are honored to have Chief Joseph Pfeifer join us for this special podcast. Chief Pfeifer was the first FDNY chief on the scene as the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Chief Pfeifer retired from FDNY in 2018 as the Chief of Counterterro...

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is committed to the  and  of our  and  department personnel, and we ...
08/24/2021

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is committed to the and of our and department personnel, and we will continue to focus on fire and EMS personnel safety and advocate for mission-critical funding and equipment to assist fire chiefs in continuing to provide life-saving emergency services to their communities in the face of the economic impact and revenue loss they have suffered because of the pandemic.

https://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-release/iafc-position-on-covid-19-vaccination-of-fire-and-ems-personnel

The FDA announced the revocation of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) on June 30 for imported, non-NIOSH-approved resp...
07/23/2021
Emergency use respirator authorizations no longer in effect

The FDA announced the revocation of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) on June 30 for imported, non-NIOSH-approved respirators as well as decontamination and bioburden reduction systems. This impacts all health care personnel, including emergency medical services personnel. The revocation of these EUAs was due to the increase in domestically manufactured, NIOSH-approved N95s available throughout the country.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/blog/ig-071521.html

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration no longer authorizes use of non-NIOSH-approved or decontaminated disposable respirators in health care settings.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor speaks with the International Association of Fire Chiefs' new CEO, Rob Brown. The two discuss em...
07/08/2021
IAFC CEO Rob Brown discusses the future of the IAFC, plus emerging fire service issues

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor speaks with the International Association of Fire Chiefs' new CEO, Rob Brown. The two discuss emergent issues for the fire service, Brown's fire service background, and the honor and responsibility Brown feels to serve as CEO for the association.

https://www.firerescue1.com/leadership/articles/iafc-ceo-rob-brown-discusses-the-future-of-the-iafc-plus-emerging-fire-service-issues-iFceDvMQdMX5JRRX/

Following a difficult year, Brown looks ahead and focuses on top priorities for the association

Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day!

Early Thursday morning, a high-rise building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, just north of Miami. Former Miami...
06/24/2021
Former Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey discusses partial building collapse, rescue efforts

Early Thursday morning, a high-rise building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, just north of Miami. Former Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the collapse and what rescue efforts could look like.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/former-miami-dade-fire-chief-dave-downey-discusses-partial-building-collapse-rescue-efforts/

Early Thursday morning, a high rise building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, just north of Miami. Former Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the collapse and what rescue efforts could look like.

Happy EMS Week! The IAFC is excited to mark the start of EMS Week by recognizing all the firefighters and EMS personnel ...
05/17/2021
EMS Strong | Helping, unifying & inspiring EMS workers

Happy EMS Week! The IAFC is excited to mark the start of EMS Week by recognizing all the firefighters and EMS personnel who care for ill and injured patients in their communities. Check out the EMS Strong campaign for ways you can recognize the EMS providers in your fire department

https://www.emsstrong.org/

Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMS Strong brings together dedicated EMS professionals.

Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a...
05/10/2021
Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/Kidde-Recalls-TruSense-Smoke-and-Combination-Smoke-Carbon-Monoxide-Alarms-Due-to-Risk-of-Failure-to-Alert-Consumers-to-a-Fire

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement alarm. Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms.

District Chief Sobieski offers strategies for handling performance issues and details how to develop a performance impro...
04/15/2021
Webinar: Unaware, Unwilling or Unable? Identify and Manage 3 Types of Underperforming Employees

District Chief Sobieski offers strategies for handling performance issues and details how to develop a performance improvement plan.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/04/15/webinar-unaware-unwilling-or-unable-identify-and-manage-3-types-of-underperforming-employees

District Chief Sobieski offers strategies for handling performance issues and details how to develop a performance improvement plan.

The updated action guide promotes vigilance for our industry partners and empowers security professionals to observe and...
04/14/2021
CISA releases an updated Fire as a Weapon Action Guide

The updated action guide promotes vigilance for our industry partners and empowers security professionals to observe and evaluate potential indicators, mitigate potential risk, and obtain help when necessary.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/04/14/cisa-releases-an-updated-fire-as-a-weapon-action-guide

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced the updated Fire as a Weapon Action Guide to better understand the threats of fire as a weapon and help mitigate future attacks. In this action guide, CISA compiled notable events within the past year to capture the increased in...

Webinar: Lessons Learned from FukushimaWednesday, April 14, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ETMarch 11th marked the 10-year an...
04/12/2021
Webinar: Lessons Learned from Fukushima

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Fukushima

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

March 11th marked the 10-year anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan which was caused by an initial earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/04/12/webinar-lessons-learned-from-fukushima

March 11th marked the 10-year anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan which was caused by an initial earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident resulted in radioactive contamination over a wide area and environment...

Join the DOE and National Laboratories in April to learn more about the wildfire mitigation capabilities and technologie...
03/23/2021
Register for Wildfire Mitigation Webinar Series

Join the DOE and National Laboratories in April to learn more about the wildfire mitigation capabilities and technologies. Whether it’s a fire created by utility equipment or an oncoming fire that is threatening a utility company’s equipment, the National Laboratories have the solutions to help reduce risks.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/03/23/register-for-wildfire-mitigation-webinar-series

The North American electric system infrastructure is vital, enabling our critical infrastructure as well as the nation's safety, prosperity, and wellbeing, but wildfires pose an inherent threat to the system. Approximately 10 percent of wildfire ignitions are sparked by faults on electrical infrastr...

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense will premiere a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 23. Titled, Holding the Line o...
03/23/2021
America’s First Responders Deserve Better Support From Federal Government in Preparation for Future Biological Events

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense will premiere a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 23. Titled, Holding the Line on Biodefense: Supporting First Response to Large-Scale Biological Events, leaders from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials will be among those discussing their response to COVID-19 and how the federal government can better support first responders during a biological incident.

https://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-release/america-s-first-responders-deserve-better-support-from-federal-government-in-preparation-for-future-biological-events

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2021) – The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense will premiere a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 23. Titled, Holding the Line on Biodefense: Supporting First Response to Large-Scale Biological Events, leaders from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Na...

Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R...
03/18/2021
Home | Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help protect , responders and the they serve has advanced in the Senate.

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/majority-media/peters-sullivan-hassan-and-tillis-bipartisan-bill-to-protect-firefighters-from-hazardous-pfas-chemicals-advances-in-senate-

“I am very pleased to see that the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Peters, has voted to advance the PFAS Act.” said Chief Kenneth W. Stuebing, the Acting President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. “This legislation will develop helpful guidance that local fire departments can use to reduce exposure to PFAS for not only our firefighters but also the citizens we serve. Now that it has advanced through committee, I urge Congress to pass the PFAS Act as soon as possible.”

VIDEO: Peters Presses Senior Officials for Answers on Preparation and Response Failures That Led to January 6th Capitol Attack

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to help the nation recover from the effects of COVID-19. The...
03/10/2021
Congress Passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to help the nation recover from the effects of COVID-19. The bill (H.R. 1319) includes $1.9 trillion to fund COVID-19 response, testing, and vaccination campaigns. It also will help states, territories, tribes, localities, and individual Americans cope with the economic consequences of the pandemic. It passed the U.S. Senate over the weekend.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/03/10/congress-passes-$1.9-trillion-covid-19-relief-bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to help the nation recover from the effects of COVID-19. The bill (H.R. 1319) includes $1.9 trillion to fund COVID-19 response, testing and vaccination campaigns. It also will help states, territories, tribes, localities, and ind...

FEMA’s National Integration Center has published four Emergency Medical Services Job Title/Position Qualifications. Thes...
03/10/2021
FEMA Releases 4 Emergency Medical Services Resource Typing Documents

FEMA’s National Integration Center has published four Emergency Medical Services Job Title/Position Qualifications. These resource typing documents will facilitate the sharing of deployable EMS resources at all jurisdictional levels.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/03/10/fema-releases-4-emergency-medical-services-resource-typing-documents

FEMA’s National Integration Center has published four Emergency Medical Services Job Title/Position Qualifications. These resource typing documents will facilitate the sharing of deployable EMS resources at all jurisdictional levels.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s  and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued an urgent warning of a vu...
03/09/2021
More Information About Microsoft Exchange Vulnerability

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued an urgent warning of a vulnerability related to Exchange on-premises products. A vulnerability in on-premises Exchange Servers will allow an attacker to gain “persistent system access and control of an enterprise network.” This vulnerability is currently not known to affect Microsoft 365 or Cloud deployments.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/03/09/more-information-about-microsoft-exchange-vulnerability

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued an urgent warning of a vulnerability related to Microsoft Exchange on-premises products. A vulnerability in on-premises Exchange Servers will allow an attacker to gain “persistent system...

Reps. Axne, Larson, Westerman Unveil Fair Reimbursement Legislation for First Responders. The bipartisan bill would revi...
03/07/2021
Reps. Axne, Larson, Westerman Unveil Fair Reimbursement Legislation for First Responders

Reps. Axne, Larson, Westerman Unveil Fair Reimbursement Legislation for First Responders. The bipartisan bill would revise reimbursement rates for treatment provided at the location of a medical emergency.

https://axne.house.gov/media/press-releases/reps-axne-larson-westerman-unveil-fair-reimbursement-legislation-first

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. John Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to provide fair reimbursements for firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS), and other medical first responders. Currently, Medicare reimbursements ar...

Home | Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
12/21/2020
Home | Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Home | Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Johnson Discusses Border Crisis on ‘Meet the Press’ WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke with NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning about possible solutions to address the ongoing crisis at the bo...

Major Fire Service Organizations Call for Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccineshttps://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-...
12/02/2020
Major Fire Service Organizations Call for Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Major Fire Service Organizations Call for Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

https://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-release/major-fire-service-organizations-call-for-priority-access-to-covid-19-vaccines

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Association of State Fire Marshals, and National Volunteer Fire Council urge  governors and state health officials to make career and volunteer fire fighters, EMTs, and paramedics a top priority level...

As the 116th  comes to a close,  and  members of the House Ways and Means Committee released a bill to assist people in ...
11/05/2020
Congress Seeks to Strengthen Retirement for Firefighters

As the 116th comes to a close, and members of the House Ways and Means Committee released a bill to assist people in saving for their retirements. The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020 (H.R. 8696), introduced by Representatives Richard Neal (D-MA) and Kevin Brady (R-TX), contains several important changes aimed at helping people bolster their retirement savings. Three of these changes in particular could have major impacts on and of all ranks.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2020/11/05/congress-seeks-to-strengthen-retirement-for-firefighters

This guidance details nine response considerations meant to address potential gaps urban, suburban, rural departments may encounter when responding to incidents involving mass gatherings and large crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is not to develop new policies, rather, ...

's COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics page provides specific information about protecting workers from . https://www.osha...
09/27/2020
Respiratory Protection - Overview | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

's COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics page provides specific information about protecting workers from .

https://www.osha.gov/respiratory-protection

Respiratory Protection Respiratory Protection Menu Workers' Rights General Guidance Training Videos Standards Enforcement Additional Resources Spanish Resources Workers' Rights Overview OSHA's COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics page provides specific information about protecting workers from coronavi...

Are you driving the LEPC discussion? The question for most fire departments is not if an incident will happen, but when....
09/27/2020
IAFC Study of Fire Departments Role with Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

Are you driving the LEPC discussion?

The question for most fire departments is not if an incident will happen, but when. LEPC preparation with information sharing can help mitigate both losses and trauma and strengthen community resiliency and risk reduction.

The IAFC is conducting this study to identify current Fire Department practices and compliance regarding LEPC and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986.

Take the survey today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fusion-center-lepc

This information will help communities understand the fire department’s role in LEPCs.

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

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