Events

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There's no substitute for face-to-face networking! The events held at FRI combine networking, education and a little relaxation for the perfect conference experience.

First Timers' Meet-Up

Tuesday, August 7, 6 - 6:30 PM | Convention Center - D166

Welcome to FRI! Lean how to make the most of your time and start expanding your network in this informal meet-up with IAFC leadership, members, staff, and the program planning committee. 

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Explore all Dallas has to offer!

Wednesday, August 8, 5 PM

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International Reception

Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 PM - 8 PM 
Convention Center - D166

With an ever growing international presence, connect and share ideas with others traveling from long distances.

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FRI General Session

Thursday, August 9, 8 AM - 11 AM | Convention Center Arena 

  • Presentation of the 2018 Fire Chief of the Year Awards
  • Presentation of the 2018 IAFC Ben Franklin Award for Valor
  • Installation of 2018-2019 IAFC Officers

Chief Chats:
1 October: Response & Recovery to a Large-Scale MCI

More Chief Chats coming soon...

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IAFC Business Meeting

Thursday, August 9, 11 AM - Noon | Convention Center Arena 

Stay after the general session to connect with fellow IAFC members. Hear about emerging issues and make your voice be heard!

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Division Luncheons

Thursday, August 9, Noon - 1:30 PM | Convention Center A Hall

IAFC members, meet with colleagues to discuss and problem-solve issues unique to your area of the country. Find out about upcoming events in your division and learn new ways to get involved with your peers.

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Big Bang Reception 

Thursday, August 9, 5 PM - 7 PM | Exhibit Hall 

New in 2018! We're combining the fun into one great night! Come together as we kick-off both the conference and exhibit hall! Network with fellow fire service leaders and vendors while you enjoy food and entertainment.

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Diversity Breakfast

Friday, August 10, 7 AM - 8:30 AM | Convention Center D-166

The diversity breakfast is a great place to engage with other leaders interested in fostering diversity and inclusiveness in their department and throughout the fire and emergency service. Together, attendees bring unique perspectives as they work toward shared goals that will move us forward with a united mission. This is not included in the All-Access package and does require an additional ticket.

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TGI-FRI Fest

Friday, August 10, 6 PM - 8 PM | Gilley's

Thank Goodness It's FRI Fest! Let's close out a great week relaxing with friends old and new, sharing the great experiences and takeaways from FRI,  while enjoying good food and entertainment.

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Presidential Celebration Luncheon

Saturday, August 11, 1 PM - 3 PM 
Convention Center Ballroom D2&3

The Presidential Celebration is a special time to honor the outstanding work of the outgoing IAFC President, Chief Thomas Jenkins. Please join us as we look back on the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the initiatives of our incoming officers. Dress code for this celebration is business casual. Tickets are included with All-Access package or can be purchased separately.

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