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.

Firefighter Memorial, Survival Walls

Firefighter Memorial, Survival Walls at FRI

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 and the Firefighter Survival 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

Kick off FRI with casino night! Each year attendees flock to the Welcome Reception for the chance to win big at one of our poker tables while meeting up with colleagues in a casual networking environment. Join us for food, games and lots of prizes.

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 International Benjamin Franklin Fire Service Award for Valor
  • Installation of 2017-18 IAFC officers
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

Grand Opening Reception

Location: TBA

Thursday, July 27, 5 PM - 7 PM

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

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, 6:30 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: 218AB

Friday, July 28, 7 AM - 8:30 AM

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 and additional ticket.)

Presidential Celebration

Presidential Celebration Luncheon

Location: Westin Charlotte

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.

The Instructors Were Top Notch

I had a great time in Denver and the seminars were awesome too! All the instructors were top notch and the subject matter was definitely relevant to today and tomorrow's fire service. All in all...great course and I will be bringing friends in the future.

– Marc Symkowick, Firefighter/Paramedic, Central County (CA) Fire Department