Special Events

Exhibit Center

Fire service manufacturers and fitness companies will be exhibiting their products from Wednesday, August 21st through Friday, August 23rd. The IAFF thanks these companies for their support and encourages all symposium and conference attendees to come and discuss their products during the symposium and conference hours. Click here for the exhibit schedule.

Daily Fitness Classes

Improve your performance and focus as a fire fighter in this one-hour workout. Classes include warm-up, pre-movement stretches, core strength and flexibility exercises and muscular endurance drills. Workouts will escalate in intensity to test your fitness ability during High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

Preconference Events - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fire Ops (8:00am - 2:00pm)

Bring your local elected officials, local media reporters and other decision makers to Fire Ops 101 to participate in basic fire ground operations. Participants get an opportunity to experience the skills required and the risks inherent to professional fire fighting and emergency medical response. The program, to be held in conjunction with the IAFF John P. Redmond Health and Safety Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera Emergency Medical Services Conference on Tuesday, August 20th at the North Metro Fire and Rescue Training Center, is designed to give these decision makers a greater understanding and appreciation of what it is to be a fire fighter and the importance of providing first responders with the training, equipment and other resources needed to do the job safety and effectively. There is no additional registration fee for the Fire Ops 101 event, however, space is limited and participants will be registered on a first-call basis. Donít wait Ö register for the Symposium/Conference and reserve your place in Fire Ops 101.

Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Practical (8:00am - 4:00pm)

There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations than a MAYDAY call ó the unthinkable moment when a fire fighterís personal safety is in imminent danger. The IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) program is the most comprehensive survival skills and MAYDAY prevention program currently available within the fire service. Incorporating federal regulations, proven incident management best practices and survival techniques from leaders in the field, and real case studies from experienced fire fighters, the FGS program aims to educate all fire fighters to be prepared for a MAYDAY. In this practical workshop, students will perform life-saving techniques developed by FGS instructors. Each participant will don full turnout gear. They will then engage in tasks that simulate breaching walls and passing through the narrowing openings utilizing a low-profile maneuver. Participants will have the opportunity to navigate through entanglements hazard under the guidance of FGS instructors. Lastly, participants will demonstrate several methods of escape from an upper floor with and without a ground ladder.

NIST Radio Communications Laboratory Tour (9:00am - 1:00pm)

Registrants will be taken by bus to the Boulder Campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a laboratory tour and orientation to the broadband telecommunications and radio interoperability projects now underway. As a result of new legislation, NIST has significantly expanded its work in support an advanced wireless communications system for the nationís first responders and emergency workers. FirstNet is intended to provide a nationwide broadband network for emergency first responders based on a set of common standards to ensure interoperability across public safety and police agencies at state, local, and federal levels. As part of this effort, NIST will work with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), FirstNet, private industry and the public safety organizations to conduct research and develop new standards, technologies and applications to advance public safety communications. During the visit, participants will see firsthand the intent of the FirstNet project, its applicability to public safety, and the technology related to assuring responder safety. www.nist.gov/oles/public_safety.cfm