conneXions Value to Chiefs

IAFC conneXions is a one-of-a-kind event focused on learning, sharing and connecting, all occurring in a relaxed and personalized setting.

This event is hosted by the IAFC and is the only event of its kind for the fire service and run by the fire service. All proceeds directly support the IAFC in its mission to lead, educate and serve its members and the fire service.


Benefits to Attending

  • Participate with fellow chiefs in the Shakers forum to discuss key issues and share ideas.
  • Experience leadership sessions and built-in time for networking with colleagues.
  • Get one-on-one time with IAFC Board officers to discuss how the IAFC can better assist you and your department.
  • Engage with IAFC business partners in scheduled, one-on-one discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Learn about the latest products and also get to explain your needs and address issues you may be having with a vendor's product or service.

Travel and Lodging

The IAFC covers travel expenses for you and one other member of your department to attend. Attendees have included a mix of fire chiefs; assistant, deputy, and battalion chiefs; captains; and lieutenants.

This schedule features educational components in addition to the two days of meetings. View sample program schedule.

How to Apply

If you would like your department to be considered for a future conneXions, please complete the interest form.

Shakers session attendees - conneXions June 2016

What Past Attendees Say

"conneXions is an excellent opportunity to discuss trends and get ideas. The networking opportunity is outstanding and the vendors' focus on servicing your department provides an opportunity to really get action on things of concern. Several of the vendors also opened our eyes to things we could take advantage of that we did not know about."

The IAFC will then invite departments to attend based on their purchasing needs and how they match with the companies who are attending conneXions.

-Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi, Durham, NC Fire Department

"conneXions is an opportunity that all chief officers should seek out. Working directly with other chiefs from across the fire service and sitting down with vendors that are interested in the betterment of the fire service is an experience that will shape our future."

-Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge, Dothan, AL Fire Department

"Good educational opportunity, especially for new and aspiring chiefs."

-Fire Chief Alvin Benson, Shelby County, TN

"One of the most positive professional experiences in my 34 years in the fire service."

-Special Operations Chief Steve Britton, Huntsville, AL