Specialty Education

Core Education and ODP attendees - add-on to your conference registration.
Specialty Education only attendees - register through the "Expo-Only" package.


Specialty Education includes complimentary admission to the FRI Exhibit Hall. 

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Chief's Edge

Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the Chief's Edge program and is an integral part of the executive education experience. This intense seminar takes a fresh look at leadership principles, fosters extensive peer-to-peer interaction, and provides the practical skills needed to become a more effective leader.

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Bullying, Harassment, and Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium

Tuesday, August 7, 8 AM - 5 PM

The impact of workplace violence is far-reaching, impacting staff recruitment and retention, injury claim costs, staffing shortages, and ability to do our jobs. Hosted by the IAFC and SHS, join us as we tackle these issues.

Incident Safety Officer and Health & Safety Officer Training Courses

Monday, August 6 - Tuesday, August 7, 8 AM - 5 PM

Incident Safety Officer

The Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association (FDSOA) Incident Safety Officer course is a two-day academy that is based upon the 3rd Edition of Dave Dodson’s Incident Safety Officer and the 2015 NFPA Standards 1500, 1521, and 1561. The purpose is to provide attendees who expect to operate as safety officers the tools needed to be the most proficient. Topics will include reading smoke, reading buildings, reading firefighters, reading risk and reading hazards. The course will also prepare the students for the FDSOA certification examination. Those successfully completing the process will be issued a ProBoard certificate verifying competency to the 2015 NFPA standards.

Health & Safety Officer

The Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association (FDSOA) Health & Safety Officer (HSO) course is a two-day academy that is based upon the 4th Edition of James Angle’s Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services and the 2015 NFPA Standards 1500, 1521, and 1561. The purpose is to provide attendees who expect to be responsible for the overall health and safety programs of a fire department the tools needed to be the most proficient. Topics will include risk management, relevant OSHA and NFPA standards, safety program development and management, and safety program evaluation. The course will also prepare the students for the FDSOA certification examination. Those successfully completing the process will be issued a ProBoard certificate verifying competency to the 2015 NFPA standards.

National Counterterrorism Center Symposium

Tuesday, August 7, 8 AM - 5 PM

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), in conjunction with the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT), is hosting a one-day symposium to discuss several topics relating to the contemporary and evolving domestic and international threat picture. The symposium will highlight recent incidents involving active shooter(s), CBRNE, IED and complex coordinated attack methodologies, and will include a list of tenured speakers from the local and federal intelligence community. The symposium will focus on how and why the current threat lens is relevant to the local Fire Chief and their accompanying jurisdictions.

IAFC/OSU Research Symposium 

Tuesday, August 7, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

The IAFC's Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research is partnering with Oklahoma State University to bring you a pre-conference with the latest in fire-based research. 

Discover forward-thinking research presentations that can be applied at the local level to improve fire service operations.

The research will focus on:
• Health and safety
• Leadership
• Fire prevention operations
• Robotics (fire suppression, rescue, and response to hazardous materials)

Click here to apply to present your research.

Career Impact Training

Saturday, August 11, 9 AM - 12:30 PM

Questions about your professional development? Questions about the next promotional process? Looking for the next step or challenge in your career? Career Impact Training will focus on these specific questions in your professional development and preparedness program. Gain information on assessment centers, resumes, and professional development.

Companion Track

The Companion Track is designed for the spouses, partners, companions, and family members of FRI participants. While FRI participants are participating in their educational and networking events on FRI, we encourage companions to attend three exciting sessions designed especially for the first responder family.

The Companion Track is free and includes complimentary admission to the FRI Exhibit Hall.

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