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Nov 06, 2020

Near Real-time Data Producing Long-term Solutions: ODMAP

ODMAP is available to government entities serving the interests of public health and/or safety as well as licensed first responders and Emergency Departments in hospitals.

Sep 25, 2020

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program - COVID-19 Impact on US National Overdose Crisis

This study is an attempt to understand the impact of COVID-19 on overdoses, and specifically looks at ODMAP submissions since the inception of state implemented stay-at-home orders.

Nov 06, 2020

Near Real-time Data Producing Long-term Solutions: ODMAP

ODMAP is available to government entities serving the interests of public health and/or safety as well as licensed first responders and Emergency Departments in hospitals.

Sep 25, 2020

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program - COVID-19 Impact on US National Overdose Crisis

This study is an attempt to understand the impact of COVID-19 on overdoses, and specifically looks at ODMAP submissions since the inception of state implemented stay-at-home orders.

May 18, 2018

Opioid, Narcotic and Psychoactive Substance Abuse (IAFC Position)

The IAFC calls on you to aid the progress of those already “fighting the good fight.”

Apr 20, 2018

Opioid Crisis and the Story of Two Cities

Hear two compelling stories of how community risk reduction was applied to the epidemic.

Jun 07, 2017

Fentanyl Poses Lethal Threat to First Responders

EMS personnel responding to overdose patients and other opioid-related calls are especially at risk.

Mar 14, 2016

Narcan for Everyone (iChiefs Article)

Firefighters and EMS providers should all become familiar with Narcan and consider carrying it in their EMS bags.

Related Information

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 12, 2021

USFA & IAFC Co-Host Webinar on Public COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

On February 11, 2021, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the IAFC hosted a webinar on fire department participation in public COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

Feb 01, 2021

FEMA FAQs Include Information of Reimbursement for Participation in Public Vaccine Programs

The reimbursement would take place through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program.

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 14, 2020

America is bracing for the convergence of COVID-19 and the flu season.

What does it mean for our health care system and first responders?

Dec 11, 2020

State-by-State Listing of Vaccine Priority Available

IAFC urges members to contact their governors in support of providing all fire and EMS personnel with priority access to COVID vaccines.

Dec 04, 2020

Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant & Substance Abuse Program

Resources that provide support and information to responders responding to influence substance abuse cases positively.

Nov 19, 2020

The Intersection of Need and Demand Equals Opportunity

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

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.

Aug 28, 2020

Bridging the Multigenerational Divide in Your Department

In a diverse world of generations, we as a fire service, still seem to struggle when it comes to retention and recruitment.

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).

Jun 12, 2020

IAFC President Calls on Congress to Support Fire & EMS Departments During COVID-19 Pandemic

Chief Ludwig's testimony highlighted the challenges that local fire departments face during the pandemic.

Jun 05, 2020

COVID-19 and Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton

History is often the best of teachers.

Jun 01, 2020

Chief Ludwig Issues Public Statement

President of the IAFC to protesters: "We are not your enemy."

May 29, 2020

Mass Gatherings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Leadership considerations for response to mass gatherings and large crowd events.

May 27, 2020

Managing the Economic Challenges of COVID-19

How is your department managing the economic fallout from COVID-19?

May 20, 2020

CMS Provides COVID Support Payments to EMS Agencies

Increased response costs during COVID-19 can make it very difficult for a fire chief to manage their budget, but not impossible.

May 20, 2020

CMS Issues Data Collection Waiver

If your agency hasn’t started preparing for CMS’ data collection efforts, it’s not too late!

May 15, 2020

HEROES Act Will Help Keep Communities Safe

Fire fighters urge Congress to move quickly to pass HEROES Act to protect them and shore up public safety

May 15, 2020

FY 2019 SAFER Grants: Application Period Extended, Cost-Share Waived

In consideration of the economic effects of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program.

May 13, 2020

House Releases New COVID-19 Response Legislation

The House bill has a number of provisions, including almost $1 trillion to assist state and local governments as they cope with the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

May 11, 2020

IAFC: Fire Department Layoffs and Furloughs Near 1,000; 30,000 Projected

The IAFC is asking Congress and The White House to help offset these losses with a request of $10 billion that will go directly to the nation’s fire departments.

Apr 29, 2020

Tell Congress to ACT!

Chief Ludwig is calling on all U.S. IAFC members to contact their congressional representatives and tell them to help you fight the COVID-19 pandemic with a strong response force by supporting $5 billion each for the AFG and SAFER programs.

Apr 29, 2020

CMS Provides COVID Support Payments to EMS Agencies

Rising response costs, coupled with increased staffing costs, can make it very difficult for a fire chief to manage their budget.

Apr 27, 2020

Tell Congress to Support $5 Billion Each for AFG, SAFER for COVID-19 Response

The IAFC is asking Congress now to provide $5 billion in new coronavirus relief funding for both the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs.

Apr 27, 2020

IAFC: Police Get CARES Act Money – Firefighters Still Waiting

The IAFC has asked Congress to get money directly to local fire departments by dramatically increasing funding of both the AFG and SAFER programs.

Apr 24, 2020

$100 Million AFG COVID-19 Response Application Period: Deadline May 15

FEMA will begin accepting Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program applications for COVID-19 response at 8 AM ET, Tuesday, April 28.

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

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 23, 2020

IAFC Secures Amazon Business as a Strategic Supplier for PPE

This collaboration between the IAFC and Amazon Business allows IAFC members to take advantage of the buying power of a single agency, and the value of exclusive access to the specific products assigned to the Amazon Business COVID-19 Hub.

Apr 22, 2020

Help Advocate for Additional Funding for Fire and EMS Departments

The IAFC needs your help in measuring the effects of state and local government social distancing orders on local fire and EMS department budgets, including the long-term implications on resources and staffing.

Apr 15, 2020

SAFER Grant Application Assistance is Available

The FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application period is open April 13 – May 15 at 5 PM ET.

Apr 15, 2020

IAFC Develops PPE Assessment Survey to Help Responders

To help the IAFC make its best case to President Trump and Congress for additional federal funding, we have developed the IAFC COVID-19 PPE Readiness & Availability Assessment Survey

Apr 13, 2020

FY 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA is announcing modifications to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).

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

COVID-19: Lessons from the Streets

The new installment of iCHIEFS podcast is here.

Apr 10, 2020

Critical Infrastructure Workers and Potential COVID-19 Exposures

Critical COVID-19 information regarding civilians working for the fire service.

Apr 07, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Public Safety Communications and 911 Centers

During the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that departments evaluate their communications posture and take steps to ensure the right resources, mitigation strategies, and tools are in place.

Apr 06, 2020

Western Fire Chiefs Association, IAFC, partner with Constellis to Help Chiefs During COVID-19

Western Fire Chiefs Association, IAFC, partner with Constellis to make Fire Chiefs aware of two new products being used to combat COVID-19

Apr 02, 2020

Volunteer Departments Eligible for CARES Act Loan Programs

Under the CARES Act, all "private non-profit organizations" are eligible for purposes of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, including any entity exempt under IRC 501(c).

Apr 01, 2020

CMS Expands EMS Payment Opportunities

CMS has released one of the most significant updates to the Ambulance Fee Schedule (AFS) since its creation 20 years ago.

Mar 31, 2020

President of Fire Chiefs Association Calls for Action

Fire and EMS chiefs are fighting a “war” against a virus and proper funding is absolutely required to win the war and keep communities safe.

Mar 27, 2020

Economic Task Force Created to Help IAFC Members Navigate Challenging Times

IAFC Economic Task Force to help members navigate these challenging economic times.

Mar 24, 2020

IAFC's COVID-19 Resources Available for Fire Service Leaders, First Responders

Since the earliest days the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAFC has been working around the clock providing fire and emergency service leaders with the information and resources they need to protect first responders and serve their communities.

Mar 18, 2020

IAFC to Congress: Include T-Band Mandate Repeal in COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The IAFC and other public safety oganizations wrote to congressional leaders urging action on repealing the T-Band auction mandate as part of any coronavirus emergency stimulus package.

Mar 14, 2020

National Emergency Declaration: What Fire Chiefs Need to Know

President Trump on March 13 declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, invoking the Stafford Act.

Mar 13, 2020

IAFC Launches Coronavirus Task Force

The Task Force will be monitoring COVID-19 and developing recommendations for ways that fire departments can protect their members while continuing to serve their communities.

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.

Jul 02, 2018

Veterans Affairs Directed to Use "Prudent Layperson Standard" for EMS Claims

Directive improves the amount EMS-related funds available to fire departments.

May 17, 2018

Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week

National EMS Week is a time to thank the entire EMS community, especially firefighter/EMTs and paramedics.

May 15, 2018

Sounding the SIREN in Congress

New bill would restore a grant program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for rural public and non-profit fire departments and EMS agencies.

Apr 23, 2018

Pushing for Hands-only CPR

Teach residents and visitors how to assist firefighters and EMS personnel in saving lives through Hands-only CPR and Stop the Bleed.

Apr 20, 2018

Opioid Crisis and the Story of Two Cities

Hear two compelling stories of how community risk reduction was applied to the epidemic.

Jun 07, 2017

Fentanyl Poses Lethal Threat to First Responders

EMS personnel responding to overdose patients and other opioid-related calls are especially at risk.

May 04, 2017

Company Officer Leadership: Fire-Based EMS Systems

There are multiple service-delivery models employed all across the United States. Depending on the area or territory served, government structure, political climate and available funding, each model alternative has its place.

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