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: 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: email@example.com. 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 […]
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.
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.”
Students will learn about research-based tactics and principles including flow path, size-up, and thermal hazards associated with structure fires. Students will also learn about the effects of wind on flow path and how wind affects the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP).
FSTAR, Occupational Risks, and The Need for Firefighter Physicals. It is our belief that very few firefighters undergo the necessary medical monitoring needed to prevent or catch these potentially devastating, life-altering illnesses or injuries.
Using research requires reading it – an often challenging effort given the commitment of time and attention. Research is written in highly technical language, often without definitive, actionable outcomes. While it can make sure research difficult to apply, it also allows for research to continuously improve and refine our understanding of the world around us.
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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.
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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.
FSTAR is one of several homes for fire service research. Another is the U.S. Fire Administration Library, located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Md. The Library has one of the most comprehensive collections of materials in the United States for both fire and emergency-management research.
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.
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.
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.
Annual medical physicals and wellness programs continue to be a critical issue for the fire service. The growing body of research on issues such as cardiac health and exposures risks points to a need to conduct both incumbent and ongoing annual medical physicals for all firefighters.
This month, FSTAR took part in the National Fallen Firefighters’ Research Agenda Symposium. Since 2005, the fire service and researchers have come together to review and set priorities for research. Among the many outcomes of this meeting, the illustration of how much research has been completed is a significant takeaway for us. The Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Dr. Gavin Horn quantified what this means: 66% of fire service health research has happened in the last 10 years. It is critical to leverage this immense and growing body of knowledge into action.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to FSTAR! Our new flagship website, fstaresearch.org, includes a searchable research library and user-friendly summaries of cutting-edge research. We’ve gathered together over 200 research studies for you. Pick a keyword and start your search! Check out our new video on how to use the FSTAR website.
The first 50 website testers will receive an FSTAR luggage tag!
As we prepare for a full launch of the Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) project at Fire-Rescue International in August, we need your help in testing its website. We are making this process as simple and easy as possible. No previous experience or special equipment is required!
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!
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!