Thank you to our members, vendors and sponsors for attending the 63rd Annual Conference!

If you want current, relevant information about your job, advocacy for pending legislation, networking with professionals, or just want to discuss an issue with another chief, you need the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) 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, government fire agencies – volunteer and paid members, large and small organizations, new and old members. Every part of the State of Illinois is represented. Membership is open to all Illinois fire chiefs and officers.

The Illinois Fire Chiefs Educational & Research Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) charitable organization to benefit the Illinois Fire and EMS organizations. The Foundation Board of Directors is entrusted with the oversight of private fund raising while offering educational programs and courses. The Foundation also awards and manages educational scholarships, grants, and special projects. Please visit our page to view the many services that we provide.


Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and Educational & Research Foundation       Seeks Executive Director

The application process is open to any interested party who would like to be considered for the position of IFCA Executive Director.  Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm, September 26, 2014.  Read More!


Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
64th Annual Conference
 Invitation to Exhibitors

  Exhibit Dates:  October 13 & 14, 2014  

2014 Exhibitor Invitation

   Registration is now open for the IFCA 64th Annual Conference 
IFCA 64th Annual Conference Newsletter & Registration Form
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 IFCA 64th Annual Conference On-Line Registration
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Administrative Professional of the Year 2014 Nomination Packet

Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
announce the 
2014 Administrative Professional of the Year Program

The IFCA has established the Administrative Professional of the Year recognition program recognizing outstanding contributions made by an individual Administrative Professional to the fire service.  

2014 Nominiation's Are Now Open and Close on October 31, 2014

2014 Chief of the Year Recognition

This award, the most important honor the Illinois fire service can bestow upon its chief fire executives, was conceived to recognize truly outstanding fire chiefs whose acts and deeds in their profession, department/district, community and state, serve as an example and challenge for all other fire chiefs throughout Illinois.

The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association 2014 Fire Chief of the Year selection committee has chosen two recipients.  This year’s Category 1 – Full Time Paid or Combination Department/District (population that is more than 25,000) recipient is Chief  Michael Falese, Bartlett Fire Protection District, and one in Category 3 – Part Time Paid or Combination Department/ District recipient is Chief Brent Saunders, O’Fallon Fire Department.

Congratulations to both Chief Michael Falese and Chief Brent Saunders!

Illinois Fire Chiefs Association 
Volunteer and Combination Officer Committee
5th Annual 
Volunteer and Combination Officer Symposium
October 25 & 26, 2014 in Effingham, Illinois

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The Illinois Fire Chiefs is sponsoring workshops specially tailored to train fire service leaders and those in positions that handle retention, recruitment and training of volunteer firefighters. There is still room to register for any these workshops throughout the state:

• Kanakee, IL - August 9-10, 2014
• Marion, IL - November 8-9, 2014

There is NO COST to attend the workshop. Roundtrip travel, 2 nights lodging, and per diem will be reimbursed to attendees after the workshop.

Please sign up at least 1-3 people from your department & help IFCA utilize their SAFER Grant award to improve volunteer departments' staffing throughout the state!

Group Purchasing Made Easy

The FireRescue GPO is a national group purchasing program. In partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and its divisions, the FireRescue GPO brings you group purchasing savings through the collective buying power of fire departments across the country.

To start saving money, click on the GPO logo now!

Illinois Fire Chiefs Foundation
and the
Office of the State Fire Marshal 
Senior Officer Development for the 
Twenty First Century
 Stockton Fire Department
September 27-28, 2014


Registration is now open for the 
2014 Fall Sessions
of the

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IFCA Educational & Research Foundation Fire Officer Courses

Registration is now open for the 2014& 2015 Fire Officer I & II Certification Courses

Read More and to view Registration Package

Job Opportunities

  • West Chicago FPD Seeks Fire Chief

  • St. Charles, Missouri Seeks Fire Chief

  • Southeast Emergency Communications Seeks Executive Director

  • Custer Township Seeks Volunteer Fire Chief

  • De Pere, Wisconsin Seeks Fire Chief

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