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


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

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 and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Awards
  • NVFC Board of Directors Years of Service Recognition

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Click here to view the complete draft agenda (updated 2.15.17)
Please check back regularly for meeting program updates.

At A Glance

Day 1: Thurs., Apr. 6
 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
 6:30am – 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
 1:30pm General Session and Speaker Program
 4:30pm Meetings conclude for the day
 6:15pm Awards Reception
 7:00pm Awards Dinner
 Day 3: Sat., Apr. 8
 6:15 – 7:00am Morning Walk
 6:30am – 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 Special Training Session
 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.’)

  • EARLY BIRD PRICING in effect until March 1 − $150 NVFC Board Member/State Association Representatives | $75 Board Member Spouses & Guests
  • After March 1 meeting fee increases − $200 NVFC Board Member/State Association Representatives | $125 Board Member Spouses & Guests
  • Banquet-only registration – $90 (no early bird rate)

To receive the discounted pricing, payment and registration forms must be received by March 1. 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


  • By phone:  703-683-6000 (mention you’re with the 2017 NVFC Spring Meeting)
  • Online: Click here

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

Group Rate: $169 plus taxes/fees*
Reservation deadline: March 10

*14.5% tax + $1.00 occupancy fee (per room/per night)

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
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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.
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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