International Association of Fire Chiefs Research Symposium

The IAFC is excited to invite you to the second annual International Association of Fire Chiefs Research symposium held in collaborative partnership with Oklahoma State University on  August 6 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The research symposium is again being held in the 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 studies. We are also interested in sharing applied research projects conducted by the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) graduates.

There will be two opportunities to present your research:

  1. A 15-minute oral presentation during the research symposium

  2. 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:

Please print  the Poster Information before applying.

The deadline for submitting your abstract is April15. 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. Even if you decide not to respond to this call for abstracts, we hope to see you in August at the research symposium. If there are other researchers or practitioners in your organization who may have an interest, please forward this invitation to them.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Richard G Miller
IAFC Research Center FSTAR

Thank you for your dedication to firefighter health and safety!

Contact Richard Miller at 703-537-4846 to become a sponsor.

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