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FireRescue1 and Fire Chief report on the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) annual Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference. This year’s show, which celebratings the 150th anniversary of the IAFC, was held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug.16-18, 2023. FRI 2024 will be held Aug. 14-16 in Dallas, Texas. Learn more and register.

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The leaders of eight industry organizations gathered on stage in Kansas City to share their cooperative vision for the future of the fire service
Bart Van Leeuwen, a 27-year veteran of the Dutch fire service, shared international fire tactics and his department’s approach to life safety
More than 300 vendors made their way to the Kansas City Convention Center to showcase the latest and greatest fire service products
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The new association officers also include Chief Josh Waldo as 1st vice president and Trisha Wolford as 2nd vice president
The U.S. fire administrator touted the work of the Fire and Life Safety Communicator’s Initiative and the collaborative effort to focus on the fire service’s messaging challenges through #FireServiceOneVoice
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The three members of the Hilton Head (S.C.) Fire Rescue were honored for a heroic save at a structure fire amid deteriorating conditions
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Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy and Greensburg Fire Chief Thomas Bell were honored at Fire-Rescue International conference
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Whether it’s your first time visiting Cowtown or you’re a regular at Arrowhead Stadium, this year’s conference location offers something for everyone
Newport News Fire Chief Jeff Johnson received the Alan Brunacini Fire Service Executive Safety Award
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell also delivered the oath to 1st Vice President Chief John Butler, 2nd Vice President Chief Josh Waldo and Treasurer Chief Steven Locke
Fire Chief (ret.) Craig Daugherty recalled the day he responded to shots fired at the high school where his 15-year-old daughter was in lockdown
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Clinical psychologist Rachelle Zemlok, a firefighter spouse, emphasizes the role fire families play in the career decisions of firefighters
Speaking to a room of chief and company officers, Dr. Moore-Merrell outlined a plan to track suicides, attack wildfires and refocus data-gathering
Chiefs Gary Ludwig and Marshall Turbeville were selected for their contributions in the areas of leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity and public service