NVFC Spring Meeting 2017


The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Spring Meeting is a gathering of state fire, emergency services, and rescue leadership, partners, and corporate members. It’s a time devoted to business, committee work, and open discussion as well as hearing from government officials and global organizations. It’s a time to ask questions; set strategic direction, action, and policy; learn from others; and be among peers and colleagues – all in one place. It’s also the time where we come together, as a unified voice, to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements by individuals and departments at the annual Awards Reception and Dinner.

We hope to see you there!


Highlights • Meeting Schedule • Registration • Lodging • Travel • Sponsors • Questions


Legislative Webinar  – Wednesday, March 29, 3:30pm EDT (Dial-in information sent via email to NVFC Directors)

Congressional Fire Services Institute 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner (April 5-6, 2017)

Fire Department Sustainability Roundtable – Friday, April 7, 2:45-4:00pm
The NVFC welcomes a distinguished panel of guests to address key challenges and successes in fire department recruitment and retention, and the funding issues that correlate with retaining staff and keeping them safe.

  • Moderated by: Dr. Candice McDonald, Firefighter/Public Information Officer, Sebring (OH) Fire Department
  • Panelists: Matt Aalto, Retention and Recruitment Coordinator, Gaston (OR) Fire
    District; Brian Foley, Princeton (NJ) Junction Fire Department; Joe Maruca, Fire Chief, West Barnstable (MA) Fire Department; Tiger Schmittendorf, Chief Recruiter, Erie County (NY) Emergency Services

Annual Awards Evening (Friday, April 7, 6:15-9:30pm): A celebration of the outstanding service and programs in the industry. For award criteria and more information, visit www.nvfc.org/awards.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award sponosored by Rosenbauer America
  • Fire Prevention & Education Award sponsored by NEST
  • Junior Firefighter Year Award sponsored by California Casualty
  • NVFC Board of Directors Years of Service Recognition

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Click here to view the complete draft agenda (updated 3.28.17)
Please check back regularly for meeting program updates.

At A Glance

Day 1: Thurs., Apr. 6
10:00 – 11:30am Executive Committee Meeting
 11:00am – 3:00pm Hospitality Room Open (for early arrivals to gather and mingle)
 11:30am – 12:00pm New Board Member Orientation
 2:00 – 4:00pm Registration Open
 1:00 – 4:00pm Committee Breakout Meetings 
        1:00 – 2:00     Wildland
        1:00 – 3:00     Cancer Task Force
        3:00 – 4:00     Membership/Awards
5:00pm CFSI Dinner Bus Departure (from Crowne Plaza)
Day 2: Fri., Apr. 7
 6:15 – 7:00am Morning Walk
 7:00am – 2:00pm Registration and Gathering Room Open
 8:00am Meeting Kickoff and General Session
 9:30am Committee Breakout Meetings
        9:30 – 10:25     Radio/Wireless, Finance, International Relations
        10:30 – 11:25     Hazmat Response, Foundation, Volunteer Advocacy
        11:30 – 12:25     Homeland Security, Nominating, Bylaws
 12:30pm Chairman’s Luncheon with special guest speaker Secretary John Kelly
 2:00pm General Session and Speaker Program
 4:00pm Meetings conclude for the day
 6:15pm Awards Reception
 7:00pm Awards Dinner
 Day 3: Sat., Apr. 8
 6:15 – 7:00am Morning Walk
 7:00am – 1:30pm Registration and Gathering Room Open
 8:00am Committee Breakout Meetings
        8:00 – 8:55     Standards & Codes, Diversity & Inclusion
        9:00 – 10:00     Health, Safety, & Training
        9:00 – 11:10     EMS/Rescue Section
        10:15 – 11:10     Recruitment & Retention
 11:15am Board Leadership Training
 12:15pm Networking Lunch
 1:00pm Committee Breakout Meeting – Legislative
 2:30pm General Session
 3:30pm Executive Session
 5:00pm Adjourn

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Click here to register. (Please note: you can register more than one person at a time. Please begin registering the first person; at the bottom of the Agenda page, you will be able to select, ‘Add Another Person.’)

  • Meeting registration – $200 NVFC Board Member/State Association Representatives | $125 Board Member Spouses & Guests
  • Banquet-only registration – $90

Cancellations with full refunds are accepted through March 23 (minus any payment processing fees). No refunds will be given as of March 24. Invoices may be requested by contacting Rachel Buczynski (rachel@nvfc.org, 202-887-5700 x116).

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Crowne Plaza Old Town
901 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


The Crowne Plaza Old Town is within walking distance of the quaint historical district of Alexandria.  Guests will enjoy spectacular views of the Potomac River and city from many rooms. The hotel offers a free shuttle to/from King Street in Alexandria, as well as to/from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (more information on travel below). The hotel also features free in-room WiFi, fitness center, and 24-hour business center.

Any changes to room reservations must be done 4 days in advance. Check in 3pm | Check out 12pm

The Group Rate has closed. Other nearby lodging options include the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria and the Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria.

Parking: Self-parking is available with in/out privileges for $20/day.

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The Washington, DC, metro area is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). All major airlines serve these airports. Proximity to the Crowne Plaza Old Town:

  • DCA – Free hotel shuttle provided. Approximately 10 minutes by car and 30 minutes by public transportation (Metro/bus/walking).
  • IAD – Approximately 45 minutes by car and 1 hour 15 minutes by public transportation (bus/Metro).
  • BWI – Approximately 1 hour by car and 1 hour 30 minutes by public transportation (train/bus/Metro).

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Corporate sponsorships allow us to meet collectively as a group and keep meeting fees down.  Please support our generous partners.


California Casualty
California Casualty insurance provides exclusive auto and home protection for firefighters, educators, peace officers, and nurses in 44 states. Custom coverage and unique discounts to each profession explains why California Casualty customers are so loyal – and why the company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. NVFC Members exclusive: Click Here and Chat online to get a $25 Target Gift card when you get an Auto Quote. Learn more about California Casualty and find answers to common insurance coverage questions here.

Columbia Southern University
Columbia Southern University – Take the next step in your career – enroll today in one of our five completely online fire science programs. The fire science degree programs at CSU provide the foundation for leadership and administration of fire service organizations. From learning about fire prevention to fire service equipment, our programs provide a comprehensive view of the fire science industry. Visit www.columbiasouthern.edu to apply today and open the doors to an exciting and rewarding future in fire science! NVFC members and their families receive a 10% discount on tuition.

ESIP (McNeil and Company)
In a world of insurance driven by bargain pricing, arm’s length service, and one-size-fits all policies, only ESIP (Emergency Services Insurance Program) offers the depth of knowledge and industry expertise to serve the real needs of fire and rescue service organizations. For more than 25 years, we have lived and breathed emergency services, developing industry-tailored coverages, risk management, and a proactive approach that helps anticipate issues before they occur. ESIP offers the attention and expertise you can only expect from people who live your business, and we’re ready to create an insurance package customized to fit your organization’s needs. www.esip.com

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Pennsylvania Fireman
The Pennsylvania Fireman is a monthly news magazine published for more than 60 years by The Lancaster County Firemen’s Association, Inc. of Lancaster, PA. Its monthly features include state and national news of interest to the emergency services and training articles by nationally known authors.

The PennWell Fire Group, consisting of Fire Engineering, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, FireRescue, and the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC International), is a unique collection of publications, online properties, and live events that possess an unparalleled heritage within the industry that effectively reach the entire fire service community. While each of our individual brands are unique in their content and scope, they work synergistically to provide firefighters with the “how, what, who, and when” across the training spectrum, as well as provide advertisers the most efficient use of marketing dollars. Simply, the PennWell Fire Group is an extensive arsenal of opportunities that address the ever-changing landscape of firefighter training and media.

Provident Agency, Inc. – For over 70 years, we’ve been providing benefits to emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans every day. Responders are entitled to the best. Provident Agency offers dependable, comprehensive accident & health protection meeting the changing needs of today’s emergency responders.


Be a Sponsor

Click here for a complete list of sponsorship opportunities.  If you have any questions, please contact Meg Goldberg at meg@nvfc.org or 202-887-5700 x117. Sponsoring an NVFC board meeting provides a unique opportunity to be in front of, and to highlight your brand and what you do to state leaders, fire chiefs, and key influencers in the fire, EMS, and rescue services. It shows your commitment and support to the industry and NVFC.

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Contact Rachel Buczynski, NVFC Events & Program Manager, at 202-887-5700 ext. 116 or at rachel@nvfc.org.

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