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Looking for Smoke Alarm Success Stories

This year marks the 25th anniversary of "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" ("CYCCYB") and the International Association of Fire Chiefs is looking for examples of how the program has helped save lives in your community. Your stories will be shared on the 2012 CYCCYB website as a way to demonstrate why its important to have working smoke alarms in residences.  

Added by IAFC on April 18, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

Fireground Mayday: An Emergency Within An Emergency

The mayday event isn’t something that can be managed by policy or training alone; it’s something that needs to be discussed and practiced throughout a firefighter’s career. The focus for mayday events has historically been on the reaction side of the equation, but its just as important to focus on prevention and preparedness measures that can be taken.

This is a pressing issue for fire and emergency service organizations because it isn’t a matter of if a mayday will happen but when…


Added by IAFC on November 18, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

Complementary Subscription to OpsNetlink

Are You Responsible for Managing Operations?

Sign up for a complimentary trial subscription to the IAFC's newest program, OpsNetlink. 

For a limited time, the IAFC is offering a complimentary 30-day trial subscription to OpsNetlink. See how it enhances your ability to manage day-to-day operations. You’ll have unlimited access to all the online benefits, resources and tools offered by OpsNetlink, including:

  • Weekly electronic…

Added by IAFC on November 16, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

PPE - Not All Gloves Are the Same

The IAFC recently launched OpsNetLink, a new service providing weekly reports featuring original content and analysis on issues and challenges unique to operations leadership and management as well as a dynamic and secure virtual community to facilitate the sharing of solutions in response to the daily challenges that operations chiefs encounter. 

In the most recent OpsNetlink report, the focus is on structural firefighting…


Added by IAFC on November 8, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Survey Says: Fire Service Going Mobile

If you are reading this article on a mobile device, you’re not alone. In fact, each day more people are using their mobile devices as their primary source of communication. This is just one finding from a recent IAFC survey of mobile-device use among first responders.

Recently, IAFC conducted a survey of members and nonmembers on their current and projected use of mobile devices—specifically smartphones, such as Android, Blackberry and iPhone, and tablets, such as Galaxy and iPad—in… Continue

Added by IAFC on August 17, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Register for EMS Scholarship to Fire-Rescue International

Are you a recently named EMS chief of your department or do you know a recently appointed EMS chief who would benefit from attending Fire-Rescue International 2011? Beginning a new sponsorship of FRI, the EMS Section has announced they will sponsor a new EMS chief to attend FRI 2011 in Atlanta. You must apply by August 8 to be eligible.

To ensure tomorrow's leaders are…

Added by IAFC on July 22, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

IAFC Joins Education Campaign to Protect First Responders from CO Poisoning

The IAFC is joining today with other fire service organizations and Masimo in launching a global education campaign to raise awareness of the duty-related dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and reduce the known risk factors that unnecessarily kill or injure fire fighters each…

Added by IAFC on December 2, 2010 at 10:50am — No Comments

Battery Donations for Local Fire Departments

For the 23rd consecutive year, the IAFC is partnering with Engerizer on the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery (CYCCYB) program. Last year, more than 6,200 departments joined in supporting this program. Visit the CYCCYB website to access the many resources available to you your department to…


Added by IAFC on October 27, 2010 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Severe Weather Preparedness Resources Now Available

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Energizer and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) are teaming up with local fire departments to help families prepare for spring and summer’s severe weather, particularly the power outages that frequently result from them. The program officially begins on March 20, the first day of spring.…

Added by IAFC on March 15, 2010 at 9:03am — No Comments

Final Call for Submissions: FRI 2010

The Program Planning Council is finalizing the FRI 2010 program, but it’s not too late to be a part of this year’s dynamic program. Each year new ideas and programs come up after the call for papers has been closed. This year we're offering a second opportunity to… Continue

Added by IAFC on February 6, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments

IAFC Raises Congressional Awareness of the Volunteer Firefighter and EMS Job Protection Act

In the 111th Congress, the IAFC has continued to raise Congressional awareness of the Volunteer Firefighter and EMS Job Protection Act, introduced by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in May 2009. This legislation is important to the entire fire service—volunteer and career—because it will help volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel to respond to a Stafford Act-declared national emergency or major disaster for up to 14 days without fear of losing their primary… Continue

Added by IAFC on February 2, 2010 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

Become a Fan of the IAFC on Facebook

The IAFC has created a fan page on Facebook. It is open to everyone, so sign up today and keep current on what's happening at the IAFC.

Added by IAFC on December 8, 2009 at 2:25pm — 3 Comments

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Program - What is Your Department Doing?

For the past 22 years, the IAFC and Energizer have worked together to remind communities across the country about the importance of fire safety through the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program. This fall, the program urges people to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks back to standard time on November 1.

More than 6,000 fire departments use this program to reach out to their communities with this live-saving information. Thanks… Continue

Added by IAFC on October 19, 2009 at 5:03pm — 3 Comments

Fall Webinar Series: Gain the Knowledge and Solutions You Need

The IAFC has announced its fall webinar series. These webinars are open to both IAFC members and non-members.

Scheduled topics and dates:

Tues., Oct. 13: A Pandemic’s Effect on EMS Operations

Thurs. Oct. 15: H1N1: Continuity of Operations and Workforce Issues

Tues. Oct. 20: Lightweight Construction Performance Under Fire Conditions

Thurs. Oct. 22: Lightweight Truss Construction Case Study Tues.

Tues. Nov. 3: Making the Pieces Fit - Through Cooperative… Continue

Added by IAFC on October 7, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Tools for the Fire Officer

The IAFC and NFPA have just released the Second Edition of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice. This updated publication is designed to help fire fighters make a smooth transition to fire officer.

Covering the entire scope of NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2009 Edition, Fire Officer combines current content with dynamic features and interactive… Continue

Added by IAFC on September 23, 2009 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

The Economic Benefits of a Health & Wellness Program

Kerry Kuehl, PhD, takes a look at the PHLAME program and how the implementation of this program improved diet and excercise behaviors and decreased claims with a cost savings of $1,200 per firefighter in the first year. Hear how this low-cost, team based program can be easily implemented with immediate and positive results with a great return on investment. The podcast can be downloaded from the FRI 2009 blog. Dr. Kuehl will speak on this topic… Continue

Added by IAFC on August 11, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

How Sleep Deprivation is Effecting Your Firefighters

Prolonged shift work is putting today's firefighters at a greater risk of developing sleep deprivation and fatigue which then contributes to an increase in accidents and injuries. The IAFC and USFA in partnership with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have put together a comprehensive report on sleep deprivation and strategies to combat the effects of fatigue.

Listen to the podcast by Kerry Keuhl providing an… Continue

Added by IAFC on July 10, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

Near Miss Case Studies for Chief Officers and Company Officers

This year’s Fire-Rescue International (FRI), to be held August 25-29 in Dallas, will mark the fourth anniversary for the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System, which has emerged as an essential source for case studies, training information, learning opportunities and firefighter safety information. The data collected as a part of this program is now being tapped in a variety of ways by… Continue

Added by IAFC on July 6, 2009 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Extinguishing the Flames of Liability

An alarming number of firefighters across the country are being criminally charged, injured and killed while performing duties intended to protect the public. Fire service leaders have an obligation to firefighters to provide a safe working environment and to the public to limit liability that may be imposed on their department.

This August at FRI in Dallas, come hear fire service veterans Bill Tricarico and Dave Denniston at this… Continue

Added by IAFC on July 6, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Tips for Creating Revenue in a Tough Economy

Every trade magazine I pick up these days addresses the economy’s negative effect on local government, small or large, and area fire departments. It doesn’t matter where you are or what discipline you work in—everyone’s talking about it.

Funding is in short supply, and we’re seeing nontraditional effects. For example, over the past year, cities in and around Atlanta have decided to close stations permanently, brown out stations, close stations temporarily depending on that… Continue

Added by IAFC on June 9, 2009 at 11:45am — No Comments

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