What can you accomplish in 48 hours?

At conneXions, quite a lot.

What is conneXions?


Be a part of a slect group of fire and EMS chiefs and IAFC business partners for honest, meaningful and productive 1-to-1 meetings.


Strengthen existing relationships and make new ones in a relaxed atmosphere.


Gain fresh perspectives and new ideas for tackling the key challenges facing the fire services during round-table discussions and speaker presentations.

Creating Success Through Relationships

Hear from chiefs & companies who attended.

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

conneXions Value to Chiefs

As a chief, your ideas and challenges shape the conneXions event. conneXions will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Create a strong network of peers among other chiefs in attendance.
  • Identify and support a future leader of the department to attend the event.
  • Learn about current products and future development.
  • Inform suppliers about your needs and challenges.
  • Gain technical advice on products and technology you already have.

The schedule features educational components in addition to the two days of meetings.

The IAFC covers travel expenses for you and one other member of your department to attend. Attendees include a mix of fire chiefs, assistant, deputy, and battalion chiefs, captains, and lieutenants. If you are interested, please email Leslie Distler.

Chiefs brochure

Shape the Future

As a chief, your ideas and challenges shape the conneXions event. You’ll leave with new contacts, enhanced education, and knowledge of what’s ahead for the fire service.

Wicked Issues

You will attend leadership sessions and a Shakers forum to discuss key issues, share ideas, and determine solutions.

Exclusive One-To-One

You will get to meet with up to 11 companies, one-on-one for 45 minutes to discuss what is most important to you and your department.

Hear from chiefs who attended.

This is a great opportunity to sit down face to face with the manufactures you may not have worked with before and have those frank discussions on products and services.

Randy SmithFire Chief, Tuscaloosa (AL) Fire Rescue

Excellent opportunity to meet leadership from similar size departments and explore the challenges we similarly face in addition to having the exposure to vendors from the fire service.

Derek BergstenFire Chief, Rockford (IL) Fire Department

conneXions is a tremendous amount of value packed into a few days. Every chief officer that has the opportunity to participate should attend.

Mike StanleyFire Chief, Oshkosh (WI) Fire Department

conneXions provided a great opportunity in a low-pressure, non-sales environment to meet and discuss what is available and what is needed in our fire service.

Dave DowneyFire Chief (Ret.), Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue

Truly appreciated the opportunity to learn through socializing. It’s like being at the coffee table at a firehouse. A lot of learning goes on by exchanging ideas with others and information sharing.

John P. SchreiberFire Chief (Ret.), Rochester (NY) Fire Department

conneXions Value to Companies

ConneXions brings together major departments, each with a 100+ personnel. This guarantees you get in front of departments with budgets to invest in a wide range of products and services. ConneXions helps IAFC business partners:

  • Achieve success by providing quality, dedicated time with chiefs of major fire departments.
  • Gain product reviews and insights on current and future needs.
  • Create and enhance relationships through focused appointments and additional networking time.
  • Save time and money compared to exhibiting at multiple events or finding time to meet with chiefs back at their departments.
  • Watch this short video to hear directly from companies on the value they get from attending conneXions.

Companies brochure I'm interested in attending

Exclusive one-to-one

45 minute appointment times with 11 chiefs and department representatives

Department needs

Profiles for each department, including budgets and purchasing intentions

Identify product needs

Two educational sessions addressing the issues that are top of mind to chiefs

Hear from companies who attended.

Direct sales were not a goal. We received diverse fire department inputs and perspectives that cannot be gained in a single business trip.

Mark WinterHoneywell

conneXions provides a no-nonsense, intimate and professional setting where vendors and fire department personnel can interact at the highest level of openness and efficiency

Derek RoyScott Safety

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Leslie Distler
Corporate Relations Executive

4795 Meadow Wood Lane, Suite 100
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 703-273-0911