How to watch the 2023 USFA summit

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Accessing the 2023 USFA summit livestream

Leaders from the IAFF and the wider fire service sector are speaking today, 10 October , at the US Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control.

Those interested in tuning in can watch the summit on YouTube or directly via its official website.

Key topics and speakers at the summit

This event will shed light on various issues facing firefighters nationwide.

These issues include climate change impact, firefighter recruitment and retention, occupational cancer, behavioural health and well-being, codes and standards, and lithium-ion battery utilisation.

General President Edward Kelly is addressing the pressing topic of cancer within the fire service during the summit’s initial roundtable.

IAFF Chief of Field Services Patrick Morrison is delving into advances in presumptive legislation and cancer screenings. Frank Leto, from New York’s Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854, is speaking on behavioural health.

Adding a technological angle, Coitt Kessler, of the IAFF/IAFC Robotic Workgroup, is discussing robotic response capabilities.

Background of the summit

Held at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the US Fire Administration has organised this significant event to allow engagement with leading decision-makers in the fire service sector.

Anticipation surrounds the virtual audience, expected to reach up to 2,500 fire service professionals.

The day began with an esteemed roundtable session from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

Several prominent fire service figures, including Chief Donna Black and Deputy Chief Kevin Quinn, have shared insights on wildfires and firefighter recruitment.

Jim Pauley and Chief Ernie Mitchell also touched upon vital topics such as fire prevention codes and behavioural health.

This afternoon, discussions will cover a spectrum of issues, from emerging fire technologies to the effects of climate change on the US.

IFSJ Comment

The 2023 USFA Summit provides an unparalleled platform for fire service professionals to gain insights into prevalent industry issues.

With climate change, recruitment challenges, and technological innovations continually reshaping the sector, staying updated is essential for every professional.

Events like this foster dialogue, encourage collaboration, and offer solutions, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of fire services across the globe.

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