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IAFC Conferences

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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FRI: Fire-Rescue International logoFire-Rescue International (FRI)
July 26-29, 2017
Charlotte, NC

Each summer, 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.

IAFC's Chief's Edge conference logoChief's Edge
Dates and locations vary, get details

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 MedFire-Rescue Med (FRM)
May 20-24, 2017
Henderson, NV

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.

International Hazmat Response Teams ConferenceInternational Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference
June 15-18, 2017
Baltimore, MD

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.

VCOS Symposium in the Sun logoVolunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) Symposium in the Sun
November 9-12, 2017
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.

VCOS Symposium in the West logoVCOS Symposium in the West
May 4-6, 2017
Reno, NV

We've taken what you love about Symposium in the Sun and moved it WEST! Symposium in the West will offer dynamic leadership education and networking specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers.

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Conference
March 21-23, 2017
Reno, NV

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.

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