Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to hold 62nd annual conference at Peoria Civic Center

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Chief fire officers, training officers and fire mechanics from across the state will be gathering for the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) 62nd Annual Conference from Oct. 13-17 at the Peoria Civic Center. This is the 21st consecutive year the organization has hosted the convention in Peoria.

Held in conjunction with the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors and the Illinois Fire Apparatus Mechanics Association, the IFCA conference is one of the largest fire service meetings in the Midwest.

Monday’s keynote speaker will be Colonel Royal Mortenson, the new Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute. The trade show will also open on Monday, where attendees will have the chance to visit the largest fire service exhibit floor in Illinois.These exhibits will demonstrate the latest technology and services in the profession.

Tuesday begins with Chief Christopher Naum who will present two programs, “Tactical Renaissance: The New Rules of Combat Fire Engagement” which will explain the new rules of fire engagement, and also “Adaptive Fireground Management” which will present concepts and procedures about the unique tasks during firefighting combat. In addition, Battalion Chief Sean DeCrane, Cleveland Fire Department, will present a program called “What the Command Officer Needs to Know about Fire Safety through Building and Fire Codes” which will discuss the areas where the building and fire codes affect firefighters’ and residents’ safety.

The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association is a professional organization dedicated to promote excellence in the fire service. IFCA is a participatory, member-run coalition of fire chiefs and officers from municipal fire departments, fire protection districts, industrial fire brigades and government fire agencies.