There's no substitute for face-to-face networking! The events held at FRI combine networking, education and a little relaxation for the perfect conference experience.

Explore FRI education, meetings and events.

Firefighter Memorial, Survival Walls

Firefighter Memorial Wall

Location: Main Lobby and Exhibit Hall Health and Wellness Zone

Attendees are invited to post photos and/or names of firefighters who have dealt with/are currently dealing with job-related health issues on the Firefighter Memorial Wall. The walls will highlight how critical it is for firefighters to receive annual medical exams that are consistent with the risks they take in the line of duty. Hosted by FSTAR Health and the IAFC. Visit for more details.

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Location: Crown Ballroom Pre-Function

Wednesday, July 26, 5 PM - 7 PM

Enjoy a taste of the South while networking with old and new friends.

Charlotte Knights Baseball

Charlotte Knights Baseball: Knights vs. Columbus Clippers

Location: BB&T Ballpark, 324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, July 26, 7:05 PM

Join fellow FRI Attendees for Firefighter Night at BB&T Ballpark! Watch the Charlotte Knights take on the Columbus Clippers. Visit to purchase discounted $18 tickets. In the top left hand corner of the ticket website, use the username: IAFC and password: FRI2017 to secure your discounted tickets.

IAFC General Session

FRI General Session

Location: Crown Ballroom

Thursday, July 27, 8 AM - 11 AM

The general session will feature a panel discussion among fire chiefs on topics most important to fire and emergency service leaders. In a free-flowing open-dialogue setting, several accomplished fire chiefs will share what they've learned through their careers and discuss the challenges facing today’s leaders.

The general session will also feature:

  • Presentation of the Fire Chief of the Year awards
  • Presentation of the IAFC/Motorola Solutions Ben Franklin Award for Valor
  • Installation of 2017-18 IAFC officers
IAFC Business Meeting

IAFC Business Meeting

Location: Crown Ballroom

Thursday, July 27, 11 AM - Noon

IAFC members, please stay after the General Session for the IAFC Business Meeting. Hear about the issues impacting members and make your voice be heard.

Division Luncheons

Division Luncheons

Location: Westin Charlotte

Thursday, July 27, Noon - 1:30 PM

IAFC members, meet with colleagues to discuss and problem-solve issues unique to your area of the country. Find out about upcoming events in your division and learn new ways to get involved with your peers.

FRI Grand Opening Reception

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening 

Location: Exhibit Hall and Richardson Ballroom

Thursday, July 27, 5 PM - 7 PM
Sponsored by RevGroup: Check out The Pit Stop Challenge!

New in 2017! The fun kicks-off as guests will be able to enjoy appetizers and beverages, while gaining insight on the latest products and services.

Learning Lab

Learning Lab

Location: Booth: #1628

Thursday, July 27 - Saturday, July 29

Attend valuable education with no price tag attached! The IAFC Pavilion (booth #1628) will feature a series of sessions providing short, information-packed sessions. View the complete Learning Lab schedule.

HIT Training

High-Impact Training: The Injured Firefighter and Gear-Removal Practices

Location: Exhibit Hall Booth #114

Friday, July 28 - Saturday, July 29

Gain best practices and techniques for PPE removal from an injured firefighter and transitioning the situation from firefighter removal to EMS care. Learn more about the HIT Training.

FRI Street Party

FRI Street Party

Location: Nascar Hall of Fame

Friday, July 28, 6:00 PM - 8 PM
Sponsored by Scott Safety

This is great chance to connect with attendees from around the country in a laid back setting while enjoying food and entertainment. Tickets will still be included through All-Access packages.

FRI Diversity Breakfast

Diversity Breakfast

Location: Westin Charlotte, Grand C & D

Friday, July 28, 7 AM - 8:30 AM
Sponsored by Medic-CE and Motorola Solutions 

The diversity breakfast is a great place to engage with other leaders interested in fostering diversity and inclusiveness in their department and throughout the fire and emergency service. Together, attendees bring unique perspectives as they work toward shared goals that will move us forward with a united mission. (This is not included in the All-Access package and does require an additional ticket.)

Presidential Celebration

Outdoor Demonstrations

Location: South Brevard Street

Saturday, July 29, 9:30 - 9:45AM and 11:30 - 11:45AM

Can a 1902 steam boiler fire engine meet modern safety standards? Turns out it can! Please join us at the corner of Brevard St. and Martin Luther King Boulevard to experience a brief demonstration of Charlotte Fire Departments 1902 Steam Pumper, affectionately known as “Old Sue”. In addition, we will be demonstrating the 1866 Jeffers Hand Pump Engine that was utilized by the City of Charlotte’s volunteer fire companies in the mid to late 19th century. This equipment has a significant place in Charlotte Fire Departments history and demonstrates the historical progression and lineage of fire apparatus over the last century. This is sure to be an engaging and educational opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

Presidential Celebration

Presidential Celebration Luncheon

Location: Westin, Grand ABC

Saturday, July 29, 1 PM- 3 PM
Sponsored by AT&T, Inc 

The Presidential Celebration is a special time to honor the outstanding work of the outgoing IAFC President, Chief John Sinclair. Please join us as we look back on the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the initiatives of our incoming officers. Dress code for this celebration is business casual. Tickets are included with All-Access package or can be purchased separately.

Speakers Were All Very Professional

FRI Denver was fantastic. It was my first one. The speakers were all very professional and I filled a notebook taking notes.

– Judah Mitchell, Battalion Chief, Santa Monica (CA) Fire Department