Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Board voted to postpone the 55th IAFF Convention until January 25-29, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With this decision, there are a lot of questions. While many decisions still need to be made, we are providing the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) as guidance. We will update these as additional decisions are made.

When will room reservations be accepted at Harrah’s in Las Vegas and what is the room rate?

You can book your room at Harrah’s beginning Monday, September 21, 2020. The room rate is $165/night + $35/night resort fee.

I am already registered as a delegate or alternate – is there anything I need to do now that the dates and location have changed?

If you have completed your registration, no further action is needed. We will honor that registration on the new dates.

I’ve already registered for the 2020 Convention, but I won’t be able to attend on the rescheduled dates. How do I get a refund?

We will be emailing all registered delegates and alternates with instructions on requesting a refund. Email [email protected] or [email protected] to request refunds.

Our local started the credentialing process but did not finish it. Do we need to start over?

You can pick up where you left off and make any needed changes.

What happens if the COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability to hold Convention in Las Vegas in January?

The Executive Board has reaffirmed its commitment that the 55th Convention will be conducted January 25-29, 2021. Because of the continued travel and meeting restrictions in the United States and Canada, the Board has prepared four options for how the Convention could be conducted.

The four options are:

  1. All in-person at Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas
  2. All in-person conducted in two separate locations (Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas in the U.S. and Hyatt Regency Vancouver in Canada) simultaneously and connected digitally
  3. Hybrid (in-person with virtual option)
  4. Emergency Convention – all virtual

When will the decision be made on how Convention will be conducted?

The Executive Board will make the final decision (one of the options above) at the October Executive Board meeting based on guidance available at that time on the coronavirus and the travel/meeting restrictions in place.

What will the new agenda be and when will committees meet?

The Executive Board will be making decisions about the agenda at the October 2020 Board meeting. This will be a strictly business-oriented convention, therefore, several of the usual social elements of an IAFF Convention will not be included, such as live entertainment during the opening ceremony, host local reception, FIREPAC reception and General President’s reception. We will provide additional details as soon as they are ready.

Will guests still be allowed?

The option selected will determine our ability to accommodate guests. In the likely event that guests are not allowed and you previously registered a guest, we will issue a refund.