IAFC members play a vital role in the association's governance, policy and programs functions through the work of committees. Committees are structured in various ways for various functions, but play the same vital role. Committee members are subject matter experts, gather critical information, produce reports and recommendations, and provide guidance to the IAFC Board of Directors.
Committees and task forces provide a valuable leadership development service for the association by giving members the opportunity to get involved in association activities, thus acquiring organizational knowledge, skills, and abilities that will prepare them to become future association leaders.
Committee Membership and Structure
Each committee has a maximum of 12 members, including the chair. Committee members are appointed for three-year terms, and can be asked to serve for a second three-year term. Appointments run from August to August and committee members are expected to attend their respective committee meeting at Fire-Rescue International every year. There are two types of committees, as well as other options to get involved.
Constitutional committees are permanent committees established by the IAFC Constitution and Bylaws. Members serve on these committees by way of appointment by a division or appointment by the president.
Ad-hoc Committees are formed at the discretion of the president. They perform a continuing function to the association by making policy recommendations to the IAFC Board of Directors, undertaking long-term assignments and otherwise carrying out the work of the association. Members are appointed to serve by the president. An ad-hoc committee chair may establish a temporary work groups or subcommittees to conduct specific research or complete a specific task for the committee.
Task forces are created by the president to address a specific issue that needs member feedback—usually a new or current situation facing the association or the fire and emergency service. A task force has a definite charge and usually remains active until the task is complete.
IAFC Appointments to External Organizations
IAFC members are selected to represent the IAFC on numerous committees and work groups convened by other nonprofit or government organizations.
NFPA and ICC committees make up the most frequent appointments from the general membership. In other cases, committee members provide such subject matter expertise.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining a committee or task force.