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World Fire Congress 2024
FEMA
U.S. Fire Administration
National Fire Chiefs Council

Program Agenda

7-8 May, 2024

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill | Washington DC

Tuesday, 7 May, 2024

Welcome

Tuesday, 7 May, 2024

Session #1: Global Fire Service: Current Status and Challenges Overview and Descriptive presentations

  • Fire as a threat to National/Global security
    • Structure Fire and Response
  • Global Fire Service: Areas of Collaboration
    (*Facilitated Discussion)
    • Structure Fire
      • Implementing and Enforcing Building Codes and Standards
      • Community Risk Reduction- Building Resilience
      • Crew size and deployment
      • Firefighter Training and PPE
      • Experience/Research Findings/Knowledge exchange

Session #2: Global Fire Service: Current Status and Challenges Overview and Descriptive presentations

  • Climate Change Impacts
    • Wildfires/Community Conflagrations
    • International Fusion Center/AI
    • Extreme heat/drought
    • Severe storms/flooding
 
  • Global Fire Service: Areas of Collaboration
    (*Facilitated Discussion)
    • Climate Change Impacts
      • Improving climate literacy within the Fire Service
      • Rethinking Risk and Whole Community Preparedness
      • Opportunities for International Collaboration
      • Research findings/ Experience/ Knowledge exchange

Wednesday, 8 May, 2024

Welcome/Recap of Day 1

Wednesday, 8 May, 2024

Session 3: Global Fire Service: Current Status and Challenges Overview and Descriptive presentations

  • Fire Risks of Emerging Technologies
    • Lithium-Ion Batteries/ Solar Panels /Energy storage/ Micro-mobility products (e-bikes/scooters)
    • Electric Vehicles
    • De-energizing Lithium Ion

  • Global Fire Service: Areas of Collaboration
    (*Facilitated Discussion)
    • Emerging Technology
      • Data collection/Ongoing research
      • Operational Response/Mitigation
      • Policy and regulations
      • Public education and messaging

Session 4: Global Fire Service: Current Status and Challenges Overview and Descriptive presentations

  • Fire fighter Health and Safety
    • Cancer
    • Behavioral Health (Mental Health)
    • Cardiovascular
    • Recruitment

  • Global Fire Service: Areas of Collaboration
    (*Facilitated Discussion)
    • o Firefighter health and Safety
      • Forward Collaboration – (Community of Practice)
      • Cancer – Knowledge exchange
        • PFAS – best practices
      • Cardiac – Knowledge exchange
      • PTSD and Mental Resilience
        • Peer Support Programs
        • Clinician training

Panel Sessions

  • Special Session: Fire as an Economic Hazard
  • Special Session: Public/Private Partnership
  • Special Session: Tech Showcase (Innovative Technology)
  • Special Session: Education and Training

Conclusion

  • Action Items / Next steps
  • Charter signing