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.
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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.

Mission: To provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers, company officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.

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We’re bringing #VirtualVCOSSun to you this year at no charge. Join us from anywhere for this three-day virtual event and...
12/10/2020

We’re bringing #VirtualVCOSSun to you this year at no charge. Join us from anywhere for this three-day virtual event and discover the latest information for volunteer/combination departments. Hear from leaders, connect with peers, and watch demos from the best in the industry to help you address unique challenges and prepare your organization for a new level of success. Register now: https://bit.ly/2JJoTRG

We're looking for great content to be presented! The deadline to submit your presentation for #FRI2021 has been extended...
12/08/2020

We're looking for great content to be presented! The deadline to submit your presentation for #FRI2021 has been extended to Thursday, December 31, 2020! Submit today: https://buff.ly/3ozAlhf

12/08/2020

At no cost, #VirtualVCOSSun will connect you with peers, the opportunity to meet new colleagues, and give you the skills necessary to take care of your members during this unimaginable time. Register now: https://buff.ly/3goh93c

Are you creating and sustaining self-development and fire service trainings in your department every day? Share your exp...
12/02/2020

Are you creating and sustaining self-development and fire service trainings in your department every day? Share your expertise, concepts, and out-of-the-box solutions with leaders from around the globe at #FRI2021! Apply to be a presenter TODAY:https://bit.ly/3ohT9S5

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Association of State ...
12/02/2020
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 for COVID-19 vaccines. We are vital parts of the national public health system and should be treated at the same priority as other front-line healthcare workers, and hospital staff.

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...

12/02/2020

It's more essential than ever that we virtually come together to collaborate on the needs of Vol/Combo departments. #VirtualVCOSSun will connect you with peers, the opportunity to meet new colleagues, & give you the skills necessary. Register for free: https://bit.ly/37tJu40

Is your agency seeing high rates of personnel on medical leave (including COVID-related quarantines)? The IAFC is workin...
12/01/2020
Account Login - ArcGIS Survey123

Is your agency seeing high rates of personnel on medical leave (including COVID-related quarantines)? The IAFC is working to assess the impact that COVID-19 is having on staffing levels at fire departments across the US. Please take a moment to share information with the IAFC on how your fire department has been impacted. This data will be helpful in highlighting the need for Congress and the federal government to assist fire departments in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic:

https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/05b0aee1f76c491a8ae8ccfc6f0eac4d

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Attention new and aspiring chiefs! The Fire Service Executive Development Institute program is accepting applications un...
11/18/2020

Attention new and aspiring chiefs! The Fire Service Executive Development Institute program is accepting applications until Dec. 11! Discover the tools you need to have a successful and productive tenure. Apply Now! https://bit.ly/3kM0OWy

New Roadway Safety Survey: Help improve responder safety on our nation’s highways by completing this confidential survey...
11/17/2020

New Roadway Safety Survey: Help improve responder safety on our nation’s highways by completing this confidential survey on responder fatalities, injuries, and near misses occurring during emergency response. The findings will be shared with like-minded organizations in an effort to increase collaboration among fire, EMS, LEO, towing/recovery, and traffic/transportation management. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conducting this survey. Please contact Tricia Sanborn ([email protected]) with any questions. The survey closes on 12/15. #SafeRoads4All

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020respondersafety

Hazmat Fusion Center
11/11/2020

Hazmat Fusion Center

Our Director, John Woulfe, sent us an update and some pics from Mexico. Here is his message:

"The morning's fire apparatus presentation to the State of Sinaloa went well. I thank the Governor, the Director of the Civil Protection, the civil protection personnel, firefighters, and first responders for being hospitable. We presented the Governor with a Saint Florian coin thanking him for his continued support of the Sinaloa civil protection personnel and the firefighters. The training is going well with great interaction and networking. Twenty-four participants in today's class. Both days had more than expected. As a bonus, the President of the Mexico Association of Fire Chiefs, Sergio Ramirez Lopez, stopped by to meet us. We exchanged contact information and ideas for the two associations to work together more closely to bring more training into Mexico."

11/11/2020
FEMA - FEMA Grants Outcomes

Assistance to Firefighters Grant FY 2020 #COVID19 supplemental (AFG-S 2) funding application period ends Friday, November 13, at 5 PM ET. The program application is available online at https://go.fema.gov.

TC Energy and the IAFC Partnership: Training first responders in #Mexico on the planning & response to a #pipeline emerg...
11/11/2020

TC Energy and the IAFC Partnership: Training first responders in #Mexico on the planning & response to a #pipeline emergency. Culiacan, Sinaloa Mexico Tues, 10/10 & and Wed, 11/11. Reps came in from Sinaloa Civil Protection as well as #firefighters from all over the state.

What do you do once the fire is out? Do you talk to the victim about their property before you must return to service? J...
11/10/2020
The Fourth Incident Priority – Educating, Securing, and Protecting

What do you do once the fire is out? Do you talk to the victim about their property before you must return to service? Join leaders in the fire service to discuss our role in post-fire activities. This webinar is open to all! Register now! https://bit.ly/3eKhFYm

This webinar focuses on what happens after the fire is out. What is the role of the Incident Commander post-fire? We must educate property owners about the need to secure the building and the need to protect children from hazardous scenes. This panel will discuss the education and protection of home...

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) is accepting applications! This program provides new and aspiri...
11/09/2020
Fire Service Executive Development Institute

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://bit.ly/2IouYSb

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) is a program developed by the IAFC and funded by a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation (MSF) to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure. Program goals and objectives.

Day 2 of #VirtualWUI starts at 11 AM EST/ 8 AM PST! Join us for the latest in prevention, public information, mitigation...
11/05/2020

Day 2 of #VirtualWUI starts at 11 AM EST/ 8 AM PST! Join us for the latest in prevention, public information, mitigation, preparation and response efforts. It's not too late to register: https://bit.ly/3etTj51

As the 116th #Congress comes to a close, #Democratic and #Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee relea...
11/05/2020
Congress Seeks to Strengthen Retirement for Firefighters

As the 116th #Congress comes to a close, #Democratic and #Republican 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 #firedepartments and #firefighters 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, ...

Join us at 8 AM PST/11 AM EST for day 1 of #VirtualWUI! Discover relevant breakouts and enlightening general sessions le...
11/04/2020

Join us at 8 AM PST/11 AM EST for day 1 of #VirtualWUI! Discover relevant breakouts and enlightening general sessions led by industry experts on topics pertinent to your community. Register now: https://bit.ly/3exGZB2

Take a front-row seat from anywhere and join us tomorrow for #VirtualWUI! After a year of adapting to a shifting environ...
11/03/2020

Take a front-row seat from anywhere and join us tomorrow for #VirtualWUI! After a year of adapting to a shifting environment enjoy keynotes and sessions that are guaranteed to inspire, motivate and challenge. Register now! https://bit.ly/3oVyQec

#VirtualWUI starts this week! If you're responsible for protecting local forests or educating landowners and your commun...
11/02/2020

#VirtualWUI starts this week! If you're responsible for protecting local forests or educating landowners and your community about the importance of land management—then this is the conference for you. Register now! https://bit.ly/3oXthwb

First responders have encountered several unprecedented challenges in #2020, including the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic, pa...
11/01/2020
Response Considerations: Incidents Involving Crowds Following the 2020 National Election Period

First responders have encountered several unprecedented challenges in #2020, including the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic, pandemic-related illness and loss of life, protest-related unrest and violence, catastrophic #wildfires, hurricanes, and significant fiscal setbacks. Despite these historic challenges, our nation’s first responders have demonstrated exceptional courage, endurance, and an unyielding commitment to serving our #communities.

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2020/10/31/response-considerations-incidents-involving-crowds-following-the-2020-national-election-period

First responders have encountered several unprecedented challenges in 2020, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pandemic-related illness and loss of life, protest-related unrest and violence, catastrophic wildfires, hurricanes, and significant fiscal setbacks. Despite these historic challenges,...

ReIGNITE Virtual Conference is over—but your experience is just getting started. Browse through our FREE content collect...
10/29/2020

ReIGNITE Virtual Conference is over—but your experience is just getting started. Browse through our FREE content collection – discover 60+ hours of challenging & relevant education while obtaining your training transcript. Register & watch OnDemand: https://bit.ly/31W9AL7

Come together in less than a week at #VirtualWUI. Through easy registration, enjoy free wildland education at your finge...
10/29/2020

Come together in less than a week at #VirtualWUI. Through easy registration, enjoy free wildland education at your fingertips. Discover relevant breakouts and enlightening general sessions led by industry experts on topics pertinent to your community. Register now: https://bit.ly/2JjyopZ

#VirtualWUI is the only conference addressing issues and challenges faced by departments in the WUI field, with all the ...
10/27/2020

#VirtualWUI is the only conference addressing issues and challenges faced by departments in the WUI field, with all the devastation happening, you don't want to miss this. Register for FREE today: https://bit.ly/2HHQn8W

Last chance to register! Don’t miss tomorrow's webinar on fire inspections during COVID-19. Discover how COVID-19 has af...
10/27/2020

Last chance to register! Don’t miss tomorrow's webinar on fire inspections during COVID-19. Discover how COVID-19 has affected fire inspection practices and what those changes mean for the future. Register now: https://bit.ly/37L72Dl

Learn how PulsePoint Foundation is used for professional use and expanded community engagement in cardiac emergency resp...
10/27/2020

Learn how PulsePoint Foundation is used for professional use and expanded community engagement in cardiac emergency response! Register now and tune in on 10/29 @ 1 PM ET: https://bit.ly/3otR9qJ

The 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are open for applications! This award is the highest national honor one can receive ...
10/26/2020
Wildfire Mitigation Awards

The 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are open for applications! This award is the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. Nominate today!

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work

10/22/2020

#ReIGNITE2020 is LIVE at 2 PM ET! Join us for "The 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services: What the Future May Hold" with Randy R. Bruegman, Fire Chief (Ret.), CFO, FIFireE. Join now: https://bit.ly/3kvI4Ly

Learn how PulsePoint Foundation is used for professional use and expanded community engagement in cardiac emergency resp...
10/22/2020

Learn how PulsePoint Foundation is used for professional use and expanded community engagement in cardiac emergency response! Register now and tune in on 10/29 @ 1 PM ET: https://bit.ly/3jkGVFm

It's more essential than ever that we come together at #VirtualWUI to collaborate on emerging issues and innovative oppo...
10/22/2020

It's more essential than ever that we come together at #VirtualWUI to collaborate on emerging issues and innovative opportunities in wildland fire management. Register for FREE today: https://bit.ly/34jcaMH

We're LIVE at #ReIGNITE2020! Join us at 10 AM ET to hear from an all-star panel on “2020: A Year of Adversity & Leadersh...
10/22/2020

We're LIVE at #ReIGNITE2020! Join us at 10 AM ET to hear from an all-star panel on “2020: A Year of Adversity & Leadership Opportunity”. Join now: https://bit.ly/3dV5pnB

We're LIVE! Join us for the #ReIGNITE2020 general session on "The 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services: What the Fut...
10/21/2020

We're LIVE! Join us for the #ReIGNITE2020 general session on "The 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services: What the Future May Hold" with Randy R. Bruegman, Fire Chief (Ret.), CFO, FIFireE. Join now: https://bit.ly/3ogCxuH

Visit the #ReIGNITE2020 Virtual Marketplace @ noon and LIVE chat with our exhibitors! Several of our exhibitors will be ...
10/21/2020

Visit the #ReIGNITE2020 Virtual Marketplace @ noon and LIVE chat with our exhibitors! Several of our exhibitors will be doing awesome giveaways. When navigating to the virtual marketplace please ensure you are still logged in. https://bit.ly/3kjmyd6

We're LIVE! Join us for the #ReIGNITE2020 general session on “Some RULES are meant to be broken or at least revised: “Th...
10/21/2020

We're LIVE! Join us for the #ReIGNITE2020 general session on “Some RULES are meant to be broken or at least revised: “There will be no discussions related to race, religion or politics while on duty” with Fire Chief of Oakland Fire Dept, Melinda Drayton. https://bit.ly/2IRLdHT

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