F.I.E.R.O. (Fire Industry Education and Resource Organization) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which operates under the guidance of a Board of Directors comprised of fire service members (both active and retired). F.I.E.R.O. exists to improve firefighter health and safety through educational conferences, regional workshops, and participation on research projects. F.I.E.R.O. hosts the annual Fire Station Design conference which brings together fire service members, architects, and other industry experts, to explore all matters related to the construction of fire stations and emergency facilities. F.I.E.R.O. also hosts a biennial PPE Symposium focused on research, care, maintenance, and selection of personal protective equipment (PPE). Over the last five years, F.I.E.R.O. has also partnered with the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation to study contamination control and with N.C. State University to study heat strain caused by PPE.