Future IAFC Events

Providing the Best in Leadership Education

The IAFC provides the most comprehensive leadership education and training for all levels of officers and all aspects of fire and emergency services. The IAFC's expansive education offerings and learning opportunities will enhance your ability to achieve your full potential at any rank or in any specialty area.

Mark your calendars for future Symposium in the Sun Conferences:

November 9-12, 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL
November 8-11, 2018, Clearwater Beach, FL

Check out these other upcoming events:

Wildland-Urban Interface
February 27-March 1, 2018, Reno, NV
March 26-28, 2019, Reno, NV

Held in the spring, WUI brings together leaders from the local, state and federal levels to collaborate against the fastest growing fire threat in the world—the wildland/urban interface. From education and mitigation, suppression strategies, high-hazard operations to policy, and including 40,000 square feet of exhibits, WUI addresses the toughest challenges facing the wildland firefighting community.

VCOS Symposium in the West
May 3-5, 2018, Phoenix, AZ

We've taken what you love about Symposium in the Sun and moved it WEST! Symposium in the West will offer dynamic leadership education and networking specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers.

Fire-Rescue Med
June 9-13, 2018, Henderson, NV

Each spring, Fire-Rescue Med is the conference for fire-based EMS leaders, including new and aspiring chiefs, providing education and training on hiring and retaining EMTs, public and private integration challenges, embracing technology, billing for services, illness prevention programs and more. On the exhibit floor, attendees meet face-to-face with the vendors that provide critical products and services to the EMS community.

International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference
June 7-10, 2018, Baltimore, MD 

The IAFC's Hazmat Conference provides the latest classroom, hands-on and field trip-based training on what's new in hazmat, covering all aspects of hazmat, including transportation, safety, WMD, gear, terrorism, mass decontamination, bioterrorism and more. The hazmat exhibit floor includes outdoor demonstrations of hazardous materials gear and equipment.

Fire-Rescue International

July 26-29, 2017, Charlotte, NC
Augst 8-11, 2018, Dallas, TX

Fire-Rescue International is the fire executives "go to" show.  Each August, thousands of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come together for 4 days of learning, networking and collaboration at FRI. FRI education covers all areas of the emergency service: navigating the political environment, managing change, ethical leadership, EMS issues, career development and more. Hundreds of exhibitors showcase the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, technology, equipment, gear and more.

VCOS Education & Learning

The VCOS offers a variety of online and in-person conferences and training opportunities in support of the volunteer and combination fire and emergency service.



The VCOS Symposium is the ONLY conference that allows participants to interact face-to-face with leaders of rural and suburban combination departments. This is the best conference available for combination organizations.

– Ken Preston, Commissioner, North Greece (NY) Fire District