International Attendees

Helpful Tips for Navigating FRI

 
Business Hours

Our office is open weekdays from 9 AM- 5 PM Eastern Standard Time. If you need to contact IAFC headquarters during FRI, please call 703-273-0911. If you need assistance in person during the conference, please visit the information desk near registration.

Electricity

The electricity used in the United States is standard electricity, which is 110 volts. European appliances brought here will require a voltage transformer.

Tipping

Tipping is voluntary; gratuities generally are not automatically added to the bill. For larger groups, some restaurants may add the gratuity to the bill. Here are a few tipping guidelines:

  • Waiters are usually given 15%-20% of the bill.
  • Taxi drivers usually receive 15%-20% of the fare.
  • Doormen, skycaps, and porters are usually tipped $1-2 per bag.

Need help calculating currency? Visit the Universal Currency Converter, a useful tool before you leave, or when you arrive.

Time Zone

Atlanta, Georgia is located in the Eastern Time Zone (EST). Time zone information

Visa Information

Resources for the visa application process:

Travel.State.Gov
A service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, this site offers information and necessary forms for international travel, including tips for traveling abroad, travel warnings, and alerts.

USEmbassy.Gov 
This site provides a list of U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions around the world.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements and are required to pay an administrative fee. Applications are accessible on this site, which is available in 22 languages.

IAFC Membership

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) invites you to learn about the world of resources and community of leaders from around the globe. From research on firefighter cancer and discussion forums about large-scale response, to guides for succession planning and reports on mental health in the fire service, you'll find everything you need to stay informed and ready to lead. Learn more and join today at IAFC.org/international