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  • View Webinar: IAFC COVID-19 Update 5/4/20

    Weekly update on the most critical info for fire & EMS, hosted by IAFC's COVID-19 Task Force.

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  • View Webinar: IAFC COVID-19 Update 4/27/20

    Survey collecting economic impact data on departments, communities; one of the first firefighters quarantined shares experiences, recommendations.

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  • Cost Reporting for Fire-Based EMS Agencies: Part II

    Join the EMS Section and PCG Health to learn more about the CMS data collection process and how you can prepare.

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  • View Webinar: IAFC COVID-19 Update 4/20/20

    Weekly updates on the most critical info for fire & EMS, hosted by IAFC's COVID-19 Task Force.

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  • Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Annual Physicals

    Join us to discuss the importance of annual physicals and options available to you and your department.

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  • View Webinar: IAFC COVID-19 Update 4/13/20

    Weekly update on the most critical info for fire & EMS, hosted by IAFC's COVID-19 Task Force.

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  • First Due | COVID-19 Response Webinar

    Track and manage COVID-19 and high-risk occupant data at no cost with community self-reporting

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  • Improving Cardiac Arrest Survival

    This webinar will teach participants how to evaluate and improve their cardiac arrest responses.

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  • View Webinar: IAFC COVID-19 Update 3/30/20

    The task force expects to hold COVID-19 Update webinars each Monday at 4 PM ET through the duration of the pandemic.

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  • What You Wear Under Your Turnout Gear is Important!

    Learn about station wear history and trends, along with the basics of a system level approach to PPE

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May 05, 2021

Know the Enemy: Firefighters Must Understand the Basics of Building Construction

Video of Pennsylvania house fire shows how fast a modern residential structure begins to deteriorate.

Apr 27, 2021

Vector Solutions and IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section Now Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Training Officer Recognition Award

The award, which is now open for nominations, acknowledges exemplary conduct by a training officer for their innovation and effectiveness when delivering training.

Apr 21, 2021

FEMA Released Research Findings to Improve Public Messaging for Evacuations and Sheltering-in-Place

This research also includes strategies to help emergency managers understand complexities in individual and household decision-making.

Apr 21, 2021

Four Important Mental Health Leadership Lessons

We need to make mental illness recognized as a physical illness and a priority in our profession.

Apr 20, 2021

IAFC Resources for Preparing for Civil Unrest

To help fire departments provide service to their communities and protect their personnel, the IAFC has both compiled and developed some resources.

Apr 20, 2021

The April 2021 Talking TIM Webinar is Here

Learn how local agencies can apply NextGen TIM innovations.

Apr 14, 2021

Webinar: Making a Dynamic Professional Development Program for Fire Leaders

This onversation will help you identify needs, find motivators, and explore the necessary components to establish a successful program for your organization.

Apr 13, 2021

FEMA Releases NIMS National Qualification System Implementation Objectives Fact Sheet for Public Engagement

FEMA will host two, 30-minute webinars to discuss the draft implementation objectives and answer related questions.

Apr 09, 2021

FEMA Releases Audit-Related Guidance for Entities Receiving COVID-19 Public Assistance Funds

Fire and EMS chiefs are encouraged to review this document to help them maximize their cost recovery through the FEMA Public Assistance program while meeting all the reporting requirements.

Apr 07, 2021

FireRescue GPO Becomes a Part of Sourcewell

Continue to meet your procurement requirements and save money in the process while purchasing the brands your firefighters rely on every day.

Apr 03, 2021

FEMA Releases 9 Search & Rescue Resource Typing Documents

These resource typing documents will facilitate the sharing of deployable resource types at all jurisdictional levels.

Apr 02, 2021

3AM Innovations and NextNav Improve First Responder Safety and Situational Awareness with Vertical Location

NextNav announces a new partnership with 3AM Innovations to deliver improved situational awareness for first responders through vertical location.

Apr 01, 2021

FEMA Updates Core Capabilities Development Sheets with Revised Training Courses

These updated versions include revised suggested training for each core capability.

Mar 26, 2021

Public Consulting Group and The International Association of Fire Chiefs Continue Partnership to Educate the Fire and EMS Community

The IAFC is thrilled to work with PCG as both organizations strive to educate fire and emergency medical services leaders and the first responder community at large.

Mar 25, 2021

Narrowing the ‘Digital Divide’: Funding Tech Projects In Rural Areas For Enhanced Training

How a unique partnership created more reliable connections for fire response and training

Mar 23, 2021

America’s First Responders Deserve Better Support From Federal Government in Preparation for Future Biological Events

Upcoming Commission Meeting to Explore Needs of First Responder Community During Biological Events

Mar 19, 2021

Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition Launches Major Grassroots Campaign

The Coalition is solely motivated by what is needed by public safety professionals as they carry out their missions to save and protect the public every day.

Mar 11, 2021

It All Starts with the Incident Mission: Focus on 3 Concepts to Truly ‘Own’ the Scene

Lessons from U.S. Navy SEALs can help firefighters better focus on life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation.

Mar 11, 2021

Leading Through Uncertainty

Perhaps the most important thing for leaders to do in times of uncertainty is to show up and be present.

Mar 08, 2021

2021 Fire Service Executive Development Institute Participants Selected

This is the ninth year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program.

Mar 06, 2021

Fire Chiefs Urged to Take Immediate Steps to Check for Microsoft Exchange Vulnerabilities

Fire chiefs are urged to contact their IT departments -- without delay -- to ascertain their departments’ vulnerability.

Feb 26, 2021

Accepting Failure or Faking Perfection? It’s Time to be Realistic About our Success and Failures

We must review our incidents with honesty or we’ll never be able to improve as a fire service.

Feb 23, 2021

Top Wildfire Management Groups Name 2021 National Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

Individuals and organizations honored for exemplary commitment to community wildfire risk reduction.

Feb 22, 2021

Your Role in Improving EMS Flight Safety

After your call, the operator should assess the risks—such as weather, flight conditions, and which pilot is on duty—to determine if it’s safe to accept the flight.

Feb 17, 2021

HHS Announces ASPR TRACIE Website to Provide Information for Healthcare Practitioners

Fire and EMS chiefs are encouraged to review this website and bookmark it as appropriate.

Feb 13, 2021

Ending Harassment in the Fire Service is Everyone’s Responsibility

Company officers rHarassment is a systemic issue, meaning it’s not simply an isolated issue between two peopleepresent the intersection of all the department’s policies, training and actions

Jan 15, 2021

FAA Approves AeroLEDs for Part 27 Rotorcraft

This STC covers the installation of the SunSpot™ 36 and 46 Series LEDs on nearly all “Normal” category rotorcraft.

Dec 18, 2020

City Officials – How Must Your Cities Change in the Future?

Our goal to protect our staff and citizens should be unwavering.

Dec 18, 2020

Lancaster, California: Response to COVID From the City's Perspective

A look at how the city responded and came out stronger during the pandemic.

Dec 17, 2020

The One Thing!

My journey and my most important advice.

Dec 14, 2020

Congress Passes Legislation to Address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

This week Congress passed The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA; H.R. 6395).

Nov 23, 2020

Raising the Bar for Fire Service sUAS (Drone) Pilots

The utilization of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) by U.S. fire departments has grown exponentially over the last six years.

Nov 19, 2020

The Intersection of Need and Demand Equals Opportunity

Things are changing, and the fire service must pay attention.

Nov 19, 2020

A New Way to Educate the Community

COVID-19 gives the fire service a unique opportunity to educate the community on risk reduction.

Nov 06, 2020

Cutting Edge EMS Technology

Healthcare innovation is happening at a pace never before seen; technologies that were once science fiction are now a reality.

Nov 06, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The IAFC, through the task forces and personnel who are keeping their fingers on the pulse of the pandemic.

Nov 06, 2020

A Decade of Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival

August marked the 10th anniversary of the International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) adoption of the Rules of Engagement.

Oct 23, 2020

Community First

When it comes to impactful decisions, always keep in mind my systematic approach.

Oct 09, 2020

IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Available for Ninth Year

Thanks to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the program provides new chiefs with tools they need to succeed.

Oct 08, 2020

Risky Business

When developing a risk assessment, your job is to define the characteristics of the response area or overall jurisdiction.

Oct 08, 2020

Executive Leadership in the Fire Service: Observations Part 2

Part Two of a Two-Part Series Discussing Executive Leadership with Dr. Denis Onieal.

Sep 09, 2020

IAFC Members Pass Amendment to Constitution and Bylaws

IAFC members approve amendment to the IAFC Constitution and Bylaws.

Aug 28, 2020

IAFC Releases Checklist for Active Shooter Response

Keeping our responders and communities safe requires a full suite of tools.

Aug 12, 2020

Civil Unrest Lessons Learned

The safety of first responders is paramount during these events.

Aug 12, 2020

IAFC’s Coronavirus Task Force Update

The IAFC Coronavirus Task Force was formed to focus the IAFC's efforts on preparing the fire and emergency service to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Jul 17, 2020

Esri Supports Fire & EMS Service Operations in the New Normal

Esri continues its strong partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Jul 16, 2020

Livingston County chief named Fire Chief of the Year

Honor goes to Livingston County chief two years in a row

Jul 10, 2020

2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees Announced

Individuals and organizations honored for exemplary commitment to community wildfire risk reduction.

Jun 18, 2020

Smart Firefighting: Virtual Chat on Data in the Fire Service

How do we capture this data, analyze it without bias, and then use it to make meaningful decisions?

Jun 18, 2020

First 5 Minutes on The Fireground

The Incident Safety Officer’s response, arrival and initial activity are critical.

Jun 18, 2020

Public Safety Departments Must Hire and Promote Inclusive Employees

You eliminate bias in employment practices by hiring inclusive employees and promoting only inclusive leaders.

Jun 17, 2020

Priority Dispatch and PulsePoint Partner to Help 911 Dispatchers Guide Callers to Closest Lifesaving AED

June 23 Webinar to Highlight Best Practices in Dispatching Citizen Response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Jun 05, 2020

COVID-19 and Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton

History is often the best of teachers.

Jun 05, 2020

Social Media and the Fire Department

Proper use of social media can strengthen the mission of the fire service.

Jun 02, 2020

Wildfire Mitigation Awards Nominations Open

Applications Open for the 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

May 22, 2020

Good Policies Support A Culture of Trust

Trust between firefighters and their officers, or lack of it, is part of fire department culture.

May 22, 2020

Extraordinary Times Demand Extraordinary Leadership

We will get through this current crisis, and how we come out on the backside will depend on the leadership exhibited at all levels.

May 08, 2020

No Data, No Problem

As we gather our incident data for our communities, big or small, accurate data is mandatory.

May 08, 2020

Building a Fire Department Sustainability Program Starts with Policy

Fire departments are not businesses, but we don’t have to look far to find examples of private sector management practices adopted into the fire service.

May 08, 2020

Expectations Memos: Building Understanding and Rapport

Expectations memos can be a handy tool in building high performing teams and productive employees.

May 06, 2020

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Assistance Available for Indiana Fire Departments

All support is provided free of cost to departments; the program is funded by the FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants.

Apr 24, 2020

The Future of Technology Partners for Public Safety: A Case Study on First Due

When the fire service leaders look to acquire and adopt new technologies, we need to ensure we lead through the technology we implement – not be led by it.

Apr 24, 2020

What Does it Take to Become a Fire Chief?

Even if you’re not sure you want to become a fire chief, applying some of the suggestions here will enable you to become better at what you do now, in the future, and as you mentor other members.

Apr 24, 2020

Because We Are Still Here

When an events like a pandemic occur, it should cause us to stop for a second and think about what is truly important.

Apr 24, 2020

The Best of Times

The fire service and EMS world also got turned upside down when COVID-19 showed up in our door step.

Apr 10, 2020

Leadership in Tough Times

The current crisis with the coronavirus, while scary, doesn’t mean we should abandon our usual leadership practices.

Apr 10, 2020

Chief, Begin Your Day by Asking the Right Questions

There are so many things a chief must decide in a day, so start with simple questions.

Mar 26, 2020

First Due & International Association Of Fire Chiefs Release Community Connect For Covid 19

Community Connect for COVID-19 is designed for the sole mission of improving emergency response and community risk area analysis.

Mar 12, 2020

The IAFC’s Members Can Help US&R Resource Cataloging Initiatives

The assistance of the IAFC membership is requested to ensure that we indeed have developed a comprehensive catalog of search and rescue resources that can be used in a catastrophic event.

Mar 12, 2020

Planning for the Worst

Why having LODD guidelines is essential.

Feb 13, 2020

The FAA Wants Your Input on the Remote ID Proposal

Those in the public safety community are encouraged to participate.

Feb 12, 2020

Essential Hazmat Training Criteria for Responders, Leaders

Do you know your training programs strengths? Weaknesses?

Feb 12, 2020

IAFC Goes to New Mexico to Teach Recruitment & Retention

IAFC programs are making a difference world-wide.

Feb 12, 2020

In a Man's World

How good are you at listening to people?

Jan 31, 2020

Critical Information During a Chemical Response

To increase the chemical information available to firefighters requires a combined effort

Jan 10, 2020

What Chiefs Need to Know About Hazmat Preparedness

Chief, are you prepared for a hazmat incident?

Jan 10, 2020

Lessons Learned from the Misfortunes of Others

Using Case Studies to Aid Professional Development

Dec 17, 2019

IAFC's Fellowship Program Graduates its 17th Cohort

IAFC staff and our partners traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month.

Dec 12, 2019

Crisis Communications and the Role of the PIO

Are you and your PIOs prepared to meet today's challenges?

Dec 07, 2019

What I Wish I Knew When I Became a Fire Chief

A lesson on relationships.

Nov 22, 2019

Recruitment and Retention, Not Just a Volunteer Challenge

The challenges with recruiting and retaining firefighters is not limited to volunteer departments.

Nov 20, 2019

DHS Releases New “Cyber Essentials” Resources to Promote Cybersecurity

The IAFC recommends that fire chiefs review the actions described in the Cyber Essentials to protect your fire department from cyber-attacks.

Nov 12, 2019

6 Ways to Reduce Cancer in the Fire Service

The key to being cancer-free is knowledge and the discipline apply that knowledge daily.

Nov 05, 2019

It's Drone Safety Week

This is an opportunity to share your commitment to drone safety and download valuable resources for you and your crew.

Oct 11, 2019

Firefighter Safety Culture Starts Behind the Wheel

A comprehensive emergency vehicle driver program demonstrates your organization’s culture of safety for your firefighters, as well as the general public, that encounters our emergency vehicles on the street.

Sep 27, 2019

IAFC’s Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System: More Relevant Today Than Ever Before

The Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System continues to work on delivering lessons learned from actual near miss, injury, and property damage accident events.

Sep 13, 2019

Transitioning to a First-Level or Higher-Level Leadership Position

How does one seamlessly transition to an officer position with as few setbacks as possible?

Aug 23, 2019

The Value of the IAFC's Fellowship Program

Fire chief recalls experience with IAFC Cohort 13.

Aug 22, 2019

Has Technology Killed Our Networking Opportunities?

Technology is great and necessary, but in-person learning and networking can prove vital to personal and professional growth.

Jul 17, 2019

Mentoring Within the Fire Service Course Released

Learn to demonstrate effective mentorship communication skills and identify strategies for developing the mentee’s behavior and performance.

Jun 27, 2019

Wildfire Risk Management Starts with Communities

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there are always communities preparing for, actively mitigating, fighting, or recovering from wildfire

Jun 20, 2019

Diversify Your Experience

Have you served time in your risk-reduction bureau? You should.

May 01, 2019

Looking for the Executive Within

How do new chiefs prepare for what happens after they're appointed? Like new parents, do they ask themselves, “Am I ready? Am I the right person for the job?” Remember, you are not alone.

Apr 12, 2019

Visionary EMS Leadership: Our Fire Duty to EMS

The fire service owns EMS in the United States; it’s time to step up and provide our visionary leadership to EMS. The future of EMS depends on you.

Mar 22, 2019

iDELP Application Period Extended to March 29

Launched in 2017, iDELP is aimed at supporting individuals from under-represented identity groups and courageous leaders interested in creating an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Mar 12, 2019

Executive Fire Officer Program: A New Evolution

For a program to remain relevant for decades, it must evolve. The EFOP is currently undergoing one of its most significant evolutions since its creation.

Mar 04, 2019

Visionary EMS Leadership: The History of the James O Page Award

Every year at Fire-Rescue Med, the EMS Section pays tribute to the legacy of James O Page with the James O. Page EMS Achievement Award.

Feb 19, 2019

President’s Letter: Highlighting the “International” in the IAFC!

The IAFC is a world leader in the fire service, and we are proud to present the second International Fire Operations Conference in Manama, Bahrain – the result of our vision to expand the IAFC’s reach beyond North America.

Feb 04, 2019

Visionary EMS Leadership: A New Format for Fire-Rescue Med

Many conferences offer multiple breakout sessions. Which session should you attend? Should you attend only one full session or session-jump and miss parts of each? FRM’s solution: the World Café model, also known as speed dating.

Jan 17, 2019

EMS is Not Nursing!

As the debate over requiring a degree for paramedic education heats up, I want to clarify one thing: EMS is not the same as other health fields. Stop comparing EMS to any other form of medicine.

Nov 14, 2018

Chief 101: Executing Your Leadership Role

This new online chief-level course is designed to help fire chiefs in volunteer fire departments effectively execute the roles and responsibilities of a leadership position.

Oct 30, 2018

Educational Interests of the Fire Service

Researchers from the University of Southern California are looking to understand the educational interests of fire service professionals and what is known about a federal opportunity to partake in a program that offers loan forgiveness.

Oct 15, 2018

Making Community Risk Reduction Relevant

The IAFC’s new CRR Leadership Conference will educate and train chief officers and other fire service managers seeking to create, execute and evaluate measurably successful CRR platforms and programs.

Oct 12, 2018

You're a New Chief-level Officer. Now What?

New course is designed for chief-level officers across the United States so please share it with your fire service colleagues.

Aug 24, 2018

IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Available for 7th Year

The year-long program is open to new and aspiring chiefs who have demonstrated a commitment to career advancement and enhancing the fire and emergency service through their leadership.

Aug 03, 2018

IAFC, 1-800-BOARDUP Announce Chief’s Edge Scholarship Winners

The scholarships include complimentary registration for the Chief’s Edge leadership program at FRI in Dallas.

Aug 02, 2018

Fire Service Leaders to Convene in Dallas for Fire-Rescue International, August 8-11

FRI offers fire service leaders teh information, education and services needed to enhance their professional development and service delivery.

Jul 16, 2018

Executive Officer Leadership: Opportunity Missed!

It's said we should leave an organization better than we found it. How can we do that if we don’t seek out a next generation of members who come in the door prepared to take the organization to that next level? Or if we don't nurture that in them?

Jul 16, 2018

President’s Letter: Education is a Pillar of Our Mission

Our profession isn’t for the faint of heart and it requires almost constant learning. The fire and emergency service is saturated with places to go and associations to join; it’s important that we don’t get distracted.

Jun 28, 2018

Company Officer Leadership: Reverse-Engineering Succession Management to Grow Your Career

Few departments have successfully implemented a succession-management program, so to have the greatest success in promotions and job performance, aspiring chiefs and officers must know how to reverse-engineer succession management.

Jun 28, 2018

Fire and Life Safety: Why Pursue Our Professional Credentials?

What’s the common denominator between obtaining coaching credentials and working for our fire service professional credentials? What value do these provide?

May 14, 2018

Keeping the Lug Nuts Tight on the Chariot Wheels!

Innovation is happening in the fire service. The question is, do you know about it? If you do know, do you have time to develop an implementation strategy?

May 14, 2018

Is a Degree for EMS Providers Needed to Advance the Profession?

The EMS community is split on whether EMS needs to add a college degree to the minimum requirements for all paramedic training. This article is an in-depth consideration of this question for American EMS providers.

Apr 17, 2018

Training as if Your Life Depended on It!

The public and all our fellow firefighters are relying on us to be 100% proficient 100% of the time. The only way that happens is through training—every day, every shift, whenever and however you can.

Apr 05, 2018

Enhancing Fire-Rescue Human Capital: Respect

Why do people like me cherish respect? Because of my children. I want my children to be respectful of their peers, their employers, their clients and themselves.

Mar 16, 2018

Enhancing Fire-Rescue Human Capital: The Expanded Visual Scope of a Supervisor

This month’s prescription: Prepare for an expanded viewpoint.

Mar 02, 2018

President’s Letter: Preparing Our Departments for All Hazards

The fire service handles things outside our traditional mission of firefighting: from community paramedicine and terrorism to hazardous materials and technical rescue, our world’s fire service is the benefactor of all-hazards solutions.

Feb 20, 2018

IAFC Organizing Fire Operations Conference in Middle East

Conference offers unique opportunity to explore leadership development, education sessions covering many operational components.

Feb 05, 2018

The Gold Standard: Are You Ready to Shine?

Today’s fire service leaders must develop professional competencies to lead their organizations into the future, fully engaging in their communities, becoming certified and credentialed and embracing lifelong learning.

Feb 05, 2018

Excellent Firefighters: We’re Not Promoting Through Testing Difficulties

There’s no question the fire service needs standards, but are our standards so stringent that we’re promoting the academic and passing over vocational candidates?

Feb 02, 2018

Executive Officer Leadership: Atypical Innovation

Innovation isn’t always packaged in the shiniest wrapping and it doesn’t always cost money. Sometimes, it’s packaged in as research that provides perspectives leading to innovative solutions.

Jan 18, 2018

Chiefs, Union Leaders Come Together as LMA Conference Returns

For any fire department that has labor-management relationships or new people in leadership roles, the 2018 LMA Conference is the place to be.

Jan 18, 2018

Choose Your Next Officer with These Key Evaluation Areas

A key factor to ensuring a successful and highly reliable organization is finding those who are committed to excellence and embody the epitome of the organization’s vision.

Jan 11, 2018

IAFC Foundation Now Accepting Education Scholarship Applications

Scholarships help leaders to advance their college-level education.

Oct 16, 2017

Emotional Intelligence, or Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Traditionally, intellectual capacity has been seen as a primary indicator of one’s ability to succeed. Emotional intelligence is now also considered a crucial element in individual and professional success.

Sep 20, 2017

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today

FSEDI provides new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need for successful and productive tenures. Apply by Oct. 27.

Sep 14, 2017

The Driving Force Behind Catalyst Leadership

A catalyst is a driving force behind transforming one product into a more usable, valuable one. Without it, no change can take place. In leadership, how does a catalyst become the driving force behind change?

Sep 14, 2017

President’s Letter: Who’s on Deck?

Our obligation as fire chiefs is to do everything we can to develop, encourage and support future leaders.

Sep 13, 2017

Company Officer Leadership: Personally Commit to Professional Development

Until a few years ago, there were few options for professional development of midcareer members. True professional development, both education and training, was limited to chief matters. Through decades of effort, that's changing.

Aug 29, 2017

IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Available for 6th Year

Apply by October 6 for the IAFC's Fire Service Executive Development Institute.

Aug 17, 2017

Don’t Train Your Firefighters to Be Leaders

How can we build relationships and invest the time and energy to make our firefighters successful? We need to leave the footprints behind that can create a path for their success.

Aug 17, 2017

Executive Officer Leadership: Professional Development for the Entire Organizational Chart

One of the questions many training officers and fire chiefs struggle with is how to structure professional and career development programs within their departments.

Aug 17, 2017

Company Officer Leadership: Leadership Development

Leadership development—what does that really mean? Can you develop people into becoming good leaders, or are leaders just born to be leaders?

Aug 02, 2017

An Evolution in Transparency: In Our Departments and Communities

It’s time to introduce our personnel to the public we serve. People have seen our folks in action. They’ve invited them into their homes at their time of need. But who is it that’s stepping across the threshold?

Jul 17, 2017

Executive Officer Leadership: Try a KISS Succession Plan

It’s been said you never know what a job entails until you’re in it. As the fire chief, exposing those coming up behind you to what you do is a major step in minimizing the gap.

Apr 03, 2017

Company Officer Leadership: Innovation in Officer-Development Training

Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue serves rural, suburban and urban environments, and with such varied needs, ensuring a highly trained and effective officer corps becomes even more critical.

Feb 14, 2017

Hazmat Initiatives at the IAFC: Program Update and Learning Opportunities

Here’s what’s been happening at the IAFC in the Hazmat Center.

Feb 02, 2017

President’s Letter: All-Hazards Experience Is the Worst Teacher

As I was standing alongside a road, watching a mile-wide flame front from a fast-moving wildland fire move rapidly toward me, a friend pulled up and said, “Fire first gives the test, then provides the lesson.”

Feb 02, 2017

'Tis Intimidation Season—Again!

IAFC members and staff are again being harassed and lied to by representatives of a union upset that our organization is holding FRM at the Green Valley Ranch in Nevada. Don't let these bullying tactics derail our conference.

Jan 20, 2017

In Your Leadership Toolkit: Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is recognized as a necessary component of leadership. Fire and emergency service leaders must keep this tool sharp and use it effectively in the firehouse and on every call. How sharp is the tool in your kit?

Jan 20, 2017

Company Officer Leadership: Moving Forward in 2017

We know that one of the most powerful positions has little impact on what we do daily when the bell goes off in the fire station. Now that the vote is done, it’s time to move forward and continue with our daily responsibilities as company officers.

Oct 19, 2016

Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety Grant Funds 5th Year of Fire Service Executive Development Institute

Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has received a significant grant award as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s public safety grant award program. The grant will make it possible for the IAFC to provide a ...

Oct 18, 2016

NFA’s Growing Impact on Community Risk Reduction

One goal of the USFA is to reduce risk and increase resiliency through programs and training in preparedness, prevention and mitigation, and the NFA has offered courses focused on prevention since it doors opened in 1980.

Sep 19, 2016

If Not Now, When?

Training is about today. Education is about tomorrow: what the next community need is and where the fire and emergency service fits in.

Sep 16, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Officer Development at FRI 2016 – A First-Hand Look

“ODP is second to none. There’s no other training for company and chief officers that compares to the Officer Development Program at FRI.”

Sep 16, 2016

Executive Officer Leadership: Formal Education Needs in the Fire Service

The fire and emergency service is a dynamic profession, and it’s up to each member to continue to improve.

Sep 16, 2016

Building Experience After Education

“That was a great class. Now what do I do with it?” That thought has passed through the minds of many fire officers, but how do you apply your new information to make it practical, valuable? Read more

Sep 09, 2016

"Man in the Mirror"

You may not be changing the world, but you are sending a message of change to your fire department with everything you do or don’t do. So are you committed to the lifelong learning a chief officer in the 21st-century fire service needs?

Sep 09, 2016

Executive Officer Leadership- Are You Energized to Develop our Future Leaders?

To truly develop leaders, we must exercise more effort than just formulating a well-laid-out plan; we must energize ourselves and the individuals to achieve this goal.

Sep 09, 2016

The Lawsuit Litmus Test

Anyone in public service knows that legal action or a lawsuit may be just the next call or the next shift away.

Sep 09, 2016

What to Do When Internal Candidates Don’t Get the Promotion

Fostering a pool of both interested and qualified personnel allows chiefs to select their command staff and local administrators or governing boards to draw from for their next fire chief.

Jul 30, 2016

IAFC Foundation Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

The IAFC Foundation, providing first responders with the educational opportunities they need to lead the fire service and serve ...

Jul 30, 2016

President`s Letter: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

One of the benefits of being the IAFC president is having fire service friends throughout the country and around the ...

Jul 30, 2016

President`s Letter: We Are More Alike Than You Think

When you look at the fire service from the 30,000-foot level, it seems like we spend a great deal of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Fire & Life Safety: "Leadership Manager" and Other Abuses of English

Every year, our friends at Lake Superior State University publish an annual list of banished words, those overused words ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: The Value of a Solid Reputation

A good reputation is one of the most valuable assets we have. It takes years to build, but can be ...

Jul 30, 2016

11 Gifts for Your Members: Be a Leader, Be a Giver

Once you become a chief officer, you no longer put out fires, extricate trapped victims or provide emergency medical care; ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Are We Just Checking Boxes?

In the job description for these lieutenant positions, besides generic language such as “has the ability to lift X pounds,” ...

Jul 30, 2016

Safety & Health: Grassroots Leadership

Leadership. Ask a roomful of people to identify a leader and responses will range from very recognizable icons to the ...

Jul 30, 2016

Scholarships Available through the IAFC Foundation

The IAFC Foundation is now accepting applications for its educational scholarships from qualified first responders. The deadline is June 1, ...

Jul 30, 2016

Lifelong Learning in the Digital Era

Tomorrow``s illiterate will not be the man who can``t read; he will be the man who has not learned how ...

Jul 30, 2016

Executive Fire Officer: Facing the New Realities

In today``s world, shrinking budgets, increased competition and the availability of online information and resources means that fire and emergency ...

Jul 30, 2016

Firefighter/EMT Safety, Health & Survival: "So, Coach?"

Organizationally, we``re as strong and successful as our company-level operations—in particular, our company officers. Company officers come almost exclusively from ...

Jul 30, 2016

Internships: Opportunities for Fire Departments and Recruits Alike

Economic realities have forced hiring freezes, layoffs and fire station closures. Fire departments respond to calls with staffing levels below ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Preparing Chief Officers

When someone describes the fire service as “100 years of tradition unimpeded by progress,” does it conjure nostalgic images of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Communication: A Key to Successful Succession Planning

Only after Harry Truman was sworn in as president did he learn that the United States possessed a weapon unseen ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Learn How to Be the Next Leader and Coach

Coaching is face-to-face leadership that pulls together peoplewith diverse backgrounds, talents, experiences, and interests, encourages them to step up ...

Jul 30, 2016

IAFC at 140: The Ladder the IAFC Built

The task for the IAFC now is the same as it has been since its inception 140 years ago: share ...

Jul 30, 2016

Recruiting a Diverse Firefighting Force

For many years, the Rochester (N.Y.) Fire Department has faced the challenge of recruiting a diverse firefighting force that better ...

Jul 30, 2016

President's Letter: Climbing the Professional Ladder, Helping Others Up

There comes a point in all our lives when we consider a change in our jobs; the reasons may vary ...

Jul 30, 2016

Successful Succession Doesn`t Happen by Accident

The American fire service focuses its members on the tactics and strategy they confront daily in responding to all-hazard emergencies, ...

Jul 30, 2016

You and ISO

Plainfield Fire Protection District Plainfield, Illinois Demonstrating the continued partnership between the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Advancing Your Education and Your Career

Wanted: Fire chief. Requirements: bachelor``s degree from a regionally accredited institution in fire science or closely related field`` master``s degree ...

Jul 30, 2016

IAFC Foundation Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety Grant

The IAFC Foundation, promoting higher education and research in the fire services, has received a $50,000 grant as part ...

Jul 30, 2016

Training with New Technology

For many businesses, travel and training are among the first things cut when the economy slows. The fire and emergency ...

Jul 30, 2016

IAFC Foundation Scholarship Deadline Is June 1

Fire service professionals who want to further their professional education can apply for educational scholarships with the International Association of ...

Jul 30, 2016

IAFC Foundation Receives Donation from 1-800-BOARDUP

At the Welcome Reception at FRI in Atlanta, Chief Jack McElfish, IAFC Foundation treasurer, accepted a generous donation on behalf ...

Jul 30, 2016

Emergency Medical Services: What`s In a Name?

A name defines who we are, and in fire and EMS, we use all kinds of names. There are names ...

Jul 30, 2016

Emergency Medical Services: "Knowledge Itself Is Power"

"Ipsa scientia potestas est." This Latin phrase meaning "Knowledge itself is power" is attributed to Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). He ...

Jul 30, 2016

Building a Community for Homeland Defenders Through Education

A famous quote from John F. Kennedy is inscribed in the ceiling of the US Embassy to Canada here in ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Developing Leaders from Within Your Department

I was speaking to a new friend several months ago and we began discussing some of the current problems company ...

Jul 30, 2016

Mentoring as a Mandate for Successful Fire Service Leaders

Successful organizations are built on the wealth of their human capital. Nothing is of more critical mass to an organization ...

Jul 30, 2016

The Dialog Continues: IAFC Members Weigh In on Succession Planning

The February 1 issue of IAFC On Scene focused on the topic of succession planning, a topic many in the ...

Jul 30, 2016

The Need for Training: Tested Under Extreme Conditions

We often hear from our troops, “Training again, man that’s all we do!” and “Why do we need this?” Such ...

Jul 30, 2016

Chief Pouget Takes the Helm: Frederick County Names First Female Fire Chief and Director

July 22 was a historic day for the Frederick County (Md.) Division of Fire & Rescue Services as they welcomed ...

Jul 30, 2016

Succession Planning: Ensuring Organizational Success

One of the most challenging dimensions of organizational leadership is succession planning. John C. Maxwell writes: "When all is said ...

Jul 30, 2016

Pursuing Your Degree and Need Funding Support? Check Out IAFC Foundation Scholarships

The IAFC Foundation is accepting applications for its educational scholarships from qualified first responders; the deadline is June 1. Scholarships ...

Jul 30, 2016

President`s Letter: Thanks to a Retiring Leader

One of the themes of my term as IAFC president is the issue of succession planning and leadership development in ...

Jul 30, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Looking to Your Future

As a company officer, have you asked yourself where to next? Is my next promotion taking me to the fire-prevention ...

Jul 30, 2016

Transitioning into the Fire-Rescue Service

The cost of recruiting, hiring, testing and training new recruits runs into tens of thousands of dollars, and a loss ...

Jul 30, 2016

From Problems to Possibilities: 7 Tips for Focusing on Opportunities

Whether you think you can or think you can``t – you``re right. This quote, attributed to Henry Ford, illustrates perfectly ...

Jul 30, 2016

Stepping Up to Lead

It’s Tuesday morning, August 24: as I’m sitting in the Denver airport, destination Atlanta, I’m thinking about my responsibility as ...

Jul 29, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Leadership 101

At this point in your fire service career, you``ve probably attended leadership conferences or classes, read leadership books, watched leadership ...

Jul 29, 2016

Mentoring Program Off to a Good Start

The IAFC``s Company Officer Mentor Program is off to a rousing start, with eight IAFC company-officer members currently enrolled in ...

Jul 29, 2016

Emergency Medical Services: On the Right Path

We talk a lot about developing and empowering our employees, creating succession plans and offering educational opportunities to improve their ...

Jul 29, 2016

Fire & Life Safety: Taking Time to Grow

At what point in a fire service career does a firefighter begin their education in leadership? Most would argue that ...

Jul 29, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Professional Development Can Be a Two-Way Street

Perform a web search on "fire officer development" and you``ll quickly see how a new company officer can become overwhelmed ...

Jul 29, 2016

IAFC at 140: Who Will Lead Us Next?

The fire service has had smart, experienced, bold leaders at the helm since the first splash of water snuffed out ...

Jul 29, 2016

A New Milestone in the Officer Development Program

This year the IAFC introduced Executive Chief Officer-Level II at Fire-Rescue International, which also marked the final level of the ...

Jul 29, 2016

Emergency Medical Services: EFO - It`s Not Just About Fire

During a recent discussion about the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy (NFA), I was asked ...

Jul 29, 2016

Education and Accreditation: To Serve, Meet the Requirements

A senior fire official I know once surprised me by saying that the National Fire Academy was a "bunch of ...

Jul 29, 2016

IAFC at 140: An Idea that Created Leaders

The key to moving any industry forward is taking an idea—be it simple or complex—and transforming it into something tangible. ...

Jul 29, 2016

Fire & Life Safety: Equipping Ourselves Now for the Fire Service of Tomorrow

The foundation of our careers has come from influences inside and outside the fire service. Every inspection, plan review, investigation, ...

Jul 29, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Be a Better Leader for Tomorrow

Our parents try to instill in us as children the importance of education. We all choose different career paths, and ...

Jul 11, 2016

Developing the Future with Vision

If you’re reading this article, at some point in your life you’ve made a decision to improve yourself, not only ...

Jun 23, 2016

A Potential Game Changer for the Next Call

The pipeline incident may have happened more than six years ago, but it’s a vivid memory that hasn’t faded for ...

Jun 14, 2016

IAFC and USFA Release National Safety Culture Change Initiative Web-Based and Instructor-Led Training

USFA and IAFC released a web-based training program and instructor-led training materials, supporting the National Safety Culture Change Initiative (NSCCI).

Feb 05, 2016

2016 Fire Service Executive Development Institute Participants Selected

Fairfax, Va. - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced the names of the individuals who have been accepted ...

Jan 15, 2016

Mentoring in a Diverse Organization

Over the past 25 years, mentoring has been used in both formal and informal settings. One reason organizations use mentors ...

Dec 21, 2015

Company Officers in 2015 and Beyond

The IAFC has recognized the progression of leaders within the fire service and recognizes the benefits of beginning the leadership ...

Jul 31, 2015

Leadership Development: An Obligation

This in-depth article compiles research and recommendations from experts in the arena of leadership development.

Apr 29, 2015

2015 Fire Service Executive Development Institute Participants Selected

Fairfax, Va. - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today announced the participants accepted into the third-year of the ...

Sep 16, 2014

Succession Planning or Succession Program?

When chiefs see the phrase succession planning, many think they need to develop a plan for who will succeed them. Building a succession program is a better approach.

Sep 15, 2014

"What is a FSEDI?"

At FRI this year, it seemed like everywhere you looked, there was someone with a name badge ribbon "FSEDI." Actually, ...

Aug 15, 2014

Firefighter/EMT Safety, Health & Survival: Share, Listen, Let Go

Firefighter/EMT Safety, Health & Survival:

May 30, 2014

FSEDI Participants Complete First Week of Yearlong Executive Development Program

Fairfax, Va. - Twenty-two members of the 2014 Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) have completed the first week of ...

Apr 07, 2014

Officers Selected for Fire Service Executive Development Institute for 2014 Session

Fairfax, Va. - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced the cadre of students accepted into the 2014 session ...

Feb 19, 2014

IAFC Continues Growth of Next-Generation Fire Service Leaders with Support from Motorola Solutions Foundation

Fairfax, Va. - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today announced it has received a grant as part of ...

Jan 23, 2014

Doing It Differently—Back to the Future at Symposium in the Sun

This year, VCOS Symposium in the Sun``s theme was "Do It Different: Back to the Future." Our new hotel, the ...

Jun 20, 2013

Mentoring Program for Future Chiefs

The International Association of Fire Chiefs has launched a new mentoring program targeted to company officers as part of its ...

Mar 25, 2013

Mapping the Future of Fire-Rescue International

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is pleased to announce the locations set to host Fire-Rescue International (FRI) through ...

Feb 28, 2013

Diving In: A New Chief's Perspective on Assuming Leadership

Advancing professionally can be both exciting and nerve-wracking; what makes anyone jump into the deep end of this pool? On Scene talks to a new chief about the decision to take the plunge and his continuing professional journey.

Feb 27, 2013

First Class: Officers Selected for Fire Service Executive Development Institute

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced the inaugural cadre of students accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development ...

Sep 11, 2012

Educational Requirements Are a Must for Today's Fire Chief

Let’s get right to it: without a college degree or advanced professional certifications, such as Chief Fire Officer (CFO) or ...

Jul 13, 2011

A New Outlook on Education

In today's world, it's not always true that you get a simple answer when you ask a simple question. That's ...

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