Almost 1,500 fire fighters will gather for the IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference  in New York City – home to one of the largest fire departments in the US.

This conference comes at a historic time as the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is approaching. The FDNY lost 343 members  during the tragedy, and the IAFF will hold a special ceremony in remembrance on Thursday, August 18.

Former President Bill Clinton will speak on Monday, August 15, delivering the keynote address. A live stream of Clinton’s speech and of IAFF General President Schaitberger’s welcoming remarks will be available, so check our social networks for the link.

Other featured speakers on Monday include Stephen Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94, Al Hagan, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854 and New York City Council member Christine C. Quinn, among others.

Beginning Monday afternoon, IAFF members can participate in several live webinars, including a FREE webinar from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on “Protecting Responders and the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act” (Zadroga). Register here.

More than 50 briefings and workshops are planned over four days, as well as dozens of exhibitors – including fire service manufacturers, fitness equipment companies, non-profit organizations and other vendors.

Delegates will hear from Tucson-area IAFF members who responded to the scene of the shootings in which Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was injured and from Toronto Local 3888 members who say they are alive today because of the IAFF’s Fire Ground Survival training program on how to prepare for and survive a MAYDAY.

On Thursday, August 18, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will address the conference. The conference will conclude with a 9/11 remembrance.

Stay connected during the conference by following our updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Conference hash tags are #IAFF, #redmond and #redfireems – make sure you join the conversation.

And if you are in NYC you still have time to register on site!