Each September, the Urban Fire Forum meets at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA, and fire chiefs from around the world endorse important documents for today’s fire service.

2020 Urban Fire Forum










Due to the sensitive material in speaker Mike Rogers, CEO Critical Response Group’s presentation, please contact Russ Sanders to request a recorded copy of the webinar.

2019 Urban Fire Forum

The group endorsed six important documents as official UFF-Metro Chiefs position papers:


2018 Urban Fire Forum

Five documents were endorsed for today's fire service:


2017 Urban Fire Forum
Four documents were endorsed for today's fire service: Presentations
2016 Urban Fire Forum

Three documents were endorsed for today’s fire service: 

2015 Urban Fire Forum

Three documents were endorsed for today’s fire service: 

NEWS RELEASE Fire Chiefs endorse position papers on warehouse fires, FireCARES and N-FORS

2014 Urban Fire Forum

Three documents were endorsed for today’s fire service: 

Position Statement: Fire Behavior and Tactical Considerations (PDF, 262 KB)
Structure fires today are different from those faced by prior generations of firefighters, and they hold significant challenges for firefighter safety. Because of the changes to the modern fire environment, traditional firefighting methods may not always be the safest and most effective. Increased risks in the fire environment include larger homes, different home geometries, increased synthetic fuel loads, and new construction materials. Additionally, new materials have decreased the failure time of wall linings, windows and interior doors, which can speed the rate of fire growth. These changes can speed up the stages of fire development, creating an increased potential for ventilation-limited — or oxygen-starved —fires.

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Position Statement: Fire and Smoke as a Weapon (PDF, 277 KB)
Given the threat, fire departments and law enforcement agencies, regardless of size or capacity, should find ways to coordinate appropriate and effective responses to these events. Local fire departments and law enforcement agencies should educate first responders and establish standard operating procedures to deal with these unusual, highly volatile, and extraordinarily dangerous scenarios. Education materials and standard operating procedures should include at a minimum the following information and objectives.

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Position Statement: Fire-Based Community Healthcare Provider Programs (PDF, 262 KB)
The Urban Fire Forum supports Community Healthcare Provider programs necessary to protect and/or enhance fire-based EMS systems.  Inasmuch, as the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the associated regulations are driving change in traditional fire-based EMS systems, firefighter/EMTs and Paramedics should be included in community healthcare programs. 

2014 Urban Fire Forum presentations

2013 Urban Fire Forum

NEWS RELEASE Fire chiefs endorse documents on active shooter response, community risk assessment - NFPA hosts Urban Fire Forum
See the documents.