F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium

March 11-13, 2019 Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Latest News

The 2019 PPE Symposium is sold out. If you want to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please email info@fieroonline.org.

2019 Registration

2019 PPE registration

Registration for the 2019 F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposuim is now open. Register early to take adavange of low rates!


The Sheraton Raleigh room block is sold out. Overflow rooms are available at the Residence Inn, located just one block from the Sheraton, until 2/22!

  • Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown
    616 South Salisbury Street | Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Special F.I.E.R.O. rate $179.00 per night
  • Free high speed Internet
  • Fitness center
  • Free breakfast

2019 Travel Binder

2019 PPE travel binder

The 2019 PPE Travel Binder provides all the important information needed to make travel arrangements or submit travel requests.

Research Projects

2019 PPE call for presentations

F.I.E.R.O. is excited to add a new research and project page to our website. Here you will find cutting edge research data, NFPA related project information, and how it applies to firefighter safety and survival.

Host & Media Sponsor


Raleigh FD

Media Sponsor

PennWell Fire Group

Promotional Partners

Firefighter Cancer Support Netowrk



IAFC Safety and Survival Section







2019 Sponsors

The next F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium is coming soon. Register now!

Since 2009, the Fire Industry Education Resource Organization (F.I.E.R.O.) has held biennial conferences on firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE). Geared toward fire service personnel at all levels of your organization, the F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium offers comprehensive coverage of the design and performance requirements applied to your PPE.

The F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium features more than 20 presentations over two-and-a-half days. Presenters are at the leading edge of all things PPE and come from the fire service or have committed their lives to the fire service. Firefighters present best practices and failures, while leading researchers present the results of their work and the impact those studies will have on future design and performance requirements.

Your department members will understand how your PPE performs, the rationale behind why the minimum requirements for design and performance are set where they are, and how research will impact those standards going forward.

Past topics have covered SCBA, electronic safety, TPP and THL, cancer prevention, laboratory tours, and more...

  • Assessing the effectiveness of PPE cleaning procedures
  • Measuring the effect of repeat thermal exposures on SCBA facepiece properties
  • Reducing your exposure to contaminants
  • Applying best practices in risk assessment
  • Understanding third party PPE certification
  • Explaining the purpose of required PPE testing in a manner fire fighters understand

When you leave the F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium you'll have the knowledge to make the best decisions about purchasing and maintaining PPE. Plus, you'll be part of a network of peers and experts that can be a valuable, ongoing source of guidance.

Register now for the next F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium, and sign up for our emails or join us on Facebook for conference updates!