Education

Whether you're looking to enhance your knowledge or learn about current trends in fire and emergency service leadership, the expansive FRI program has it all.  

Only the IAFC provides specific leadership programs for company officers, chief officers, new fire chiefs and veteran chiefs. FRI education is divided into tracks to help you quickly and easily find the sessions that interest you and meet your specific needs. From emerging topics to operations, the FRI program covers the wide spectrum of topics that affect today's leaders.

Check out the FRI 2016 education program!

Learning Labs

Attend valuable education with no price tag attached! The FRI Exhibit Hall will feature a series of Learning Labs providing short, information-packed sessions.

Check out the complete Learning Lab schedule.

Chief's Edge 2016

Experienced chiefs, get more out of FRI with this cohort style program, Chief’s Edge. This is an advanced course for chiefs looking to problem solve and engage with colleagues in a small-group format.

This interactive course is facilitated by experienced fire chiefs who work with participants to problem solve issues in a confidential setting. Together through open dialogue, participants work through real-world problems and learn valuable skills for navigating difficult leadership challenges.

Bundle Chief's Edge with your FRI registration for additional savings.

  • Officer Development Program (ODP)

    The Officer Development Program includes three levels of company officer training, two levels of chief officer education and two levels of executive chief officer development. The IAFC was the first to put together such a comprehensive education plan and it's the only plan that meets specific NFPA standards.

  • Continuing Education & Certification

    FRI courses meet the continuing education credits for most state requirements. In addition, FRI courses are approved for those seeking senior-level professional designations through CPSE, such as:

    • Chief Fire Officer (CFO)
    • Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO)
    • Chief Training Officer (CTO)
    • Fire Marshal (FM)
    • Fire Officer (FO)


A Fresh Perspective in the Fire Service

The FRI conference was amazing. I took away several teaching points for our crews and saw a fresh perspective of the fire service. Although we are steeped in tradition it is refreshing to see so many departments making changes. I look forward to attending this conference again.

– Robert Beam, Paramedic/Firefighter/Acting Captain, Arlington (WA) Fire