Redmond Health and Safety Symposium /
Barbera EMS Conference

New York City • Aug. 21-24, 2023

Our motto this year – Excellence in Action – reflects who we are. When we attend our Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, we honor our brothers and sisters that lost their lives in the line of duty. At our Health and Safety Symposium and EMS Conference, we honor those same members by putting evidence, science, and lessons learned into action.

Redmond/Barbera is where we gather to prevent future line-of-duty deaths – whether by fire, cancer, workplace violence, or suicide. The job is dangerous, and your IAFF is committed to making sure you are as safe as possible – every day, on every call.

The event also highlights the opportunities and advancements in emergency medical response in the U.S. and Canada. We will learn from the success of our peers how to best serve our communities while protecting our brothers and sisters on the ground.

We encourage you to join us in putting our Excellence into Action at Redmond/Barbera in New York City.


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Sunday, Aug. 20

3-5 p.m.Registration Open: Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration for Pre-Conference and WorkshopsLobby Registration

Monday, Aug. 21

6 a.m.Fitness ClassLower Level Foyer
7-9 a.m.Pre-Conference Breakfast
7 a.m.-5 p.m.Registration Open: Badge Pick-Up & Onsite Registration for Pre-Conferences and WorkshopsLobby Registration
8 a.m.-12 p.m.Exhibit Set-Up/InstallCentral Park East/West
8 a.m.-2 p.m.United Diagnostic Services Screening – by appointment only.Madison Square
8 a.m.-5 p.m.Pre-Conference Workshops
12-1 p.m.Pre-Conference Lunch
1-5 p.m.Exhibit Hall OpenCentral Park East/West
5:30 p.m.Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an iconic gothic church located at E. 51st St and 5th Ave, only a few blocks from the hotel. IAFF General President Edward Kelly would like to extend an invitation to join him at the mass service, with Prayers of the Faithful being offered for fallen fire fighters and their families.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 5th Ave between 50th and 51st Street

Tuesday, Aug. 22

6 a.m.Fitness ClassLower Level Foyer
6 a.m.Yoga ClassClub Lounge
6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery MeetingTurtle Bay
7-9 a.m.BreakfastEmpire Ballroom East
7-9 a.m.5K Race Bib Pick-upLobby Registration
7 a.m.-5 p.m.Registration Open: Badge Pick-Up/Onsite Registration for WorkshopsLobby Registration
7 a.m.-5 p.m.Exhibit Hall OpenCentral Park East/West
8 a.m.-2 p.m.United Diagnostic Services Screening – by appointment only.Madison Square
9 a.m.-12 p.m.General SessionMetropolitan Ballroom
12-1 p.m.LunchEmpire Ballroom East
1-3 p.m.Workshop Session 1 Breakouts
2-6 p.m.5K Race Bib Pick-upLobby Registration
3:30 p.m.IAFF Behavioral Health Support GroupSutton Place
3:30 p.m.IAFF Family/Spouse Support GroupBryant Park
5 p.m.IAFF Recovery MeetingTurtle Bay
5-6:30 p.m.Welcome ReceptionMetropolitan Ballroom

Wednesday, Aug. 23

6 a.m.IAFF-ACS Fire Within 5K Run – Open to Public – Register Now!Pier 84 – by USS Intrepid and Hudson River
6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery MeetingTurtle Bay
7-8 a.m.BreakfastEmpire Ballroom East
8-10 a.m.Workshop Session 2 Breakouts
8 a.m.-2 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open/Followed by BreakdownCentral Park East/West
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop Session 3 Breakouts
12:30-2 p.m.LunchEmpire Ballroom East
2-4 p.m.Workshop Session 4 Breakouts
5 p.m.IAFF Behavioral Health Support GroupSutton Place
5 p.m.IAFF Recovery MeetingTurtle Bay
5 p.m.IAFF Family/Spouse Support GroupBryant Park

Thursday, Aug. 24

6 a.m.Fitness ClassLower Level Foyer
6 a.m.Yoga ClassFortyFour
6:30 a.m.IAFF Recovery MeetingTurtle Bay
7-8 a.m.BreakfastEmpire Ballroom East
8-10 a.m.Workshop Session 5 Breakouts
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop Session 6 Breakouts

*IAFF Recovery Meeting
The IAFF Recovery Meeting is for any IAFF member coping with or in recovery from an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Formerly known as Friends of Bill, this peer-led meeting is intended to provide a supportive space for individuals to share their experience with other brothers and sisters interested in recovery.

*IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group
The IAFF Behavioral Health Support Group is for any IAFF member who may be coping with or in recovery from behavioral health challenges, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, or challenging life stressors. This is NOT an information session on IAFF behavioral health programming, but is a safe space designed for members who would like to share their personal experience or give support to others. The group will be cofacilitated by a licensed mental health clinician and a seasoned trained peer. Discussion may explore signs and symptoms of emotional distress, how to cope with stigma, how to build resilience through self-care, and options for receiving help.

*IAFF Spouse and Family Support Group
The IAFF Spouse and Family Support Group meeting is intended for spouses and family members of IAFF members who are seeking emotional and social support. Having a loved one in the fire service is stressful and places strain on the emotional and mental well-being of family members. This group is a safe and confidential space to explore these challenges and get support from others who understand. This group will be cofacilitated by a licensed mental health clinician.

Monday, Aug. 21

All pre-conference workshops are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

ABLS is a course designed to provide first responders (fire fighters, paramedics, EMTs) with the ability to assess and stabilize patients with burn injuries during the first critical hours following injury and to identify patients requiring transfer to a burn center. ABLS programs support emergency preparedness needs for disaster management. The quality of care during the first hours after a burn injury has a major impact on long-term outcome; however, most initial burn care is provided outside of the burn center environment.
Registration limited. Kindly register by August 1, 2023 in order to receive required course materials

AHLS for Chemical Burns & Toxic Products of Combustion (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Become an AHLS for Chemical Burns & Toxic Products of Combustion provider, ready to face the medical challenges of hazmat incidents, such as chemical spills and toxic terrorism. This specialized course teaches healthcare professionals to medically manage chemical burns and toxic inhalation injuries, including carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning.

Building a Fit To Thrive (F2T) Program That Lasts

Regular exercise can help and is recommended as one of the first options for treating and preventing the chronic conditions afflicting too many fire fighters. However, education and mandated fitness programs are not the answer. Emerging evidence highlights the need for behavioral solutions to improve the physical activity habits of fire fighters. The IAFF is leading an innovative charge to improve fire fighter health and wellness with the FIT TO THRIVE program. This interactive, full-day workshop includes a series of complementary modules that address the unique implementation needs of the fire service (creating a comprehensive plan, becoming an influential leader, assessment considerations, self-care, etc.). Attendees will be provided with a series of practical resources to assist with their own F2T program implementation (8 F2T CECs).

DrugIQ: Synthetic Opioid Risk-Based Response

This preconference session is a comprehensive course that includes three lab sessions focused on safe response to opioids, particularly fentanyl. Attendees will be able to identify the substance, reduce the risk of exposure and negative consequences, and safely manage the patient and the scene when fentanyl is present. This course includes lab sessions that discuss decontamination, detection, how pills are made, and what causes large-batch overdoses.

FDNY Fire Training Academy Tours (offered 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.) - FULL

Staff-led tours of the famous FDNY Training Academy, aka “The Rock,” will be conducted in shifts with multiple stations.


IAFF Resiliency Training: How to Bend, Not Break

IAFF Resiliency Training is a one-day classroom program delivered by IAFF master peer support instructors. This training experience is intended to foster individual and organizational resiliency through personal assessment, practical skill building, break out exercises, and action planning. Affiliate leaders will gain an essential foundation for personal resiliency on and off the job.

Introduction to Tactical Medicine Interventions

This class will give EMS responders a didactic and practical introduction to the following: history and evolution of civilian tactical medicine, the need to advance and place EMS responders in harms’ way, law enforcement’s duties and responsibilities as an EMS protective element, tactical maneuvering as a team while in constant 360-degree situational awareness, and basic life-saving interventions skills to be deployed in a hostile environment.

Motivational Interviewing: Essential Skills for Trained Peers

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based therapy approach that empowers an individual to examine their own reasons, capacity, and willingness to change a problem behavior that is interfering with their quality of life. While MI is traditionally used in clinical settings, peers in the fire service can also be trained to use this approach with their brothers or sisters in distress. This training will provide an introduction to the motivational interviewing approach, while building on foundational skills taught in IAFF Peer Support Training (a prerequisite to this course).

Workplace Violence Prevention

During this session, you will participate in evaluative exercises including analyses of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT), and focus group discussions on the policies and practices recommended in the course. You will leave with tips and strategies to assist with implementation of the course and its recommendations in your department. Come share your experience and perspectives in this forum while you contribute to violence prevention training for the fire and rescue service.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Session 1 • 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Session 2 • 8-10 a.m.

Session 3 • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 4 • 2-4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 24

Session 5 • 8-10 a.m.

Session 6 • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, join fellow fire fighters and cancer fighters for the inaugural IAFF-ACS Fire Within 5K Race!

Cancer is currently the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths among fire fighters. Together, we are providing resources, tools, and prevention techniques to protect fire fighters, emergency medical and rescue workers. Our goal is to prevent future diseases and support those diagnosed.

This race is open to both IAFF members and the public. All are welcome to either run or walk to support this meaningful cause.

Learn more and sign up here!

Host Hotel

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th  Avenue 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1000
Rate: $319/night + taxes
Cutoff date: Friday, July 28


United – ZMRK254340We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to our upcoming event. To make flight reservations online, please click the discount code: ZMRK254340. Or you may call the United Reservations Meetings Desk (Monday-Friday) at 800.426.1122 for booking assistance.

Delta – NY257Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for IAFF events. Please click here to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to meeting event code NY257*Please note, there is no service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Air Canada – FC7B8X31
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Car Rental

Hertz – CV# 022Q9339
When booking at, click “add a discount code” and under Convention, add the CV code above.

To apply to sponsor and/or exhibit at Redmond/Barbera, review the sponsorship opportunities, then fill out the application and rules/regulations PDFs below and email them to [email protected].

Exhibits will be housed in Central Park East/West in the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

Monday, Aug. 21

    • Set-up: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Hours: 1 – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

    • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

    • 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (followed by breakdown)

If you are presenting at this event, visit the speaker page for important information, including travel details and other instructions.