March 11, 2019
The IAFC is excited to invite you to the second annual FRI Research symposium held in collaboration with Oklahoma State University on  August 6 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The Research Symposium is being held in conjunction with Fire-Rescue International (FRI), the annual conference and expo of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The goal of the Research Symposium is to create a space where researchers and contemporary fire service leaders can interact informally. Researchers will present relevant research in a format that fire service leaders can use to make decisions, write policy or procedures, and have a greater understanding of topics that impact firefighters. In some cases, information learned at the research symposium may be applied at the local level to improve fire service operations. Approved Research Symposium  topics for 2019 include: • Mental Health for Workers in Public Safety Reviewers will be primarily interested in completed (ideally published) studies that examine the effect of repeated workplace trauma on public-safety workers, including identification/recognition, prevention, management and treatment of impacted workers. • Leadership Reviewers will be interested in contemporary leadership studies (ideally published) addressing a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) ethics, decision making, risk management, diversity, high-reliability organizations, personal leadership, applied leadership, communications and emotional intelligence, among others. • Operations Reviewers will focus on completed studies about fire and smoke behavior on structures, contents and occupants. Studies about human behavior during fire emergencies will also be considered as well as studies about fire behavior or human behavior on the impact of firefighting operations. • Training and Learning Reviewers will focus on completed studies that examine a variety of firefighter training- and learning-related factors linked to improving performance, reducing error, preventing injuries or fatalities, decision making, knowledge and skills retention, and simulations, among others. We are seeking faculty and students engaged in research in these disciplines to share their work at the research symposium. We are primarily interested in hearing from graduate students and scholars in these fields, regardless of the population studied. We are also interested in sharing applied research projects conducted by Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) graduates. There will be two opportunities to present your research: A 15-minute oral presentation during the research symposium followed by an informal breakout session with attendees where questions and ideas may be exchanged in more detail   There may be additional opportunities during the conference to highlight your work with your poster presentation in the exhibit hall during FRI. Contact Richard Miller at: rmiller@iafc.org. Please print  the Poster before applying. The deadline for submitting your abstract is April 15.  Presenters will be notified by May 15. This is a unique opportunity to share your essential research with leaders from the fire and EMS profession.  Whether you come as a participant or a presenter we look forward to seeing you in August.  If any researchers or practitioners in your organization may have an interest, please forward this invitation to them. We look forward to seeing […]
April 20, 2017

FSTAR Townhall On Fire Dynamics and Health and Safety July 25, 2017

The townhall is a one-day training event focused on the health and safety based of modern fire behavior, incorporating the latest tactical considerations.
July 14, 2016

Share Info on Firefighters Who Inspire You

FSTAR and the IAFC will be hosting a Firefighter Memorial Wall and a Firefighter Survival Wall. The walls are a place to post a photo or a name of a firefighter who has dealt with or is currently dealing with job-related health issues.
June 15, 2016

Safety Stand Down June 19-25

FSTAR has created a list of additional related materials for training. Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety Stand Down in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme: “The First 5 Minutes – Stretching the Initial Hose Line, Putting Water on the Fire.”
May 9, 2016

Boston Fire Department Hosting Health and Safety Symposium

The Boston Fire Department, in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Fighters and Local 718, is hosting a two-day symposium May 19-20 to address occupational health and safety issues in the fire service.
April 12, 2016

Fire Dynamics Webinar, April 21st

This is a success story of the Houston Fire Department using research to change culture, behaviors, and fireground operations. By better understanding fire dynamics research the department has changed the way they approach fires. This webinar will provide a before and after comparison of risk behaviors. Through training Houston has been successful in the implementation of these practices.
April 12, 2016

Attending FDIC?

Visit us! We are at booth 9151.
March 29, 2016

FSTAR Townhall in Branford, CT on April 12th

The Branford Fire Department, in association with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) present a Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) Townhall.
March 28, 2016

FSTAR Townhall in Brighton, MI on April 8th

The Brighton Area Fire Authority, in association with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) present a Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) Townhall.
March 1, 2016

FSTAR Townhall in Orange County, CA on April 1st

The townhall is a free one-day training event focused on modern fire behavior research, science and the tactical considerations that can be used to reduce risk to firefighters operating on structure fires.
November 20, 2015

Free Training at FSTAR Townhalls in Northern California

The Oakland Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Department and San Jose Fire Department are partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present FSTAR Townhalls.
October 20, 2015

Free Training at FSTAR Townhall in Boston

The Boston Fire Department, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are partnering to present a FSTAR Townhall.
August 20, 2015

FSTAR FRI Schedule

FSTAR is partnering with researchers and experts to answer your questions at Fire-Rescue International. Please stop by any of these events to learn more about FSTAR. If you are not attending FRI, send us your questions via Twitter @FSTAR_Research or email to fstar@iafc.org.
July 7, 2015

Looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Visit us at Booth #1804 at Firehouse Expo to learn more about FSTAR and research that can help you! Stop by for a preview of the upcoming FSTAR website and all things you can expect from FSTAR in the next few months. We are gearing up for a full website launch at Fire-Rescue International and are attending events like Firehouse Expo to get valuable feedback from our target audience – you!
June 4, 2015

Attending the NFPA Conference?

Stop by for a preview of the upcoming FSTAR website launch and all things you can expect from FSTAR in the next few months. We are gearing up for a full website launch at Fire-Rescue International and are attending events like the NFPA conference to get valuable feedback from our target audience – you!