NVFC Fall Meeting 2022
Please join the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) for its annual fall board meeting as Council leadership, state fire service association representatives and corporate members and partners come together in unity * with passion * and to progress the mission of supporting volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue personnel.
There will be plenty of networking, discussion, sharing successes, and getting down to the nuts and bolts of business.
NVFC Fall Board Meeting
October 26-28, 2022
Wilmington Convention Center
DAY 1: Wednesday, October 26 – Registration and Training
|10:00am-4:00pm||Check-in, registration, gathering room open|
|10:30am-11:30pm||Executive Committee Meeting|
|11:30am-1:00pm||Break with lunch on your own|
|1:00pm-2:30pm||Training #1: Junior Firefighter Program – The Future of Your Department|
|2:30pm-2:45pm||Afternoon break sponsored by California Casualty|
|2:45pm-4:00pm||Training #2: Leadership Success Defined|
|5:00pm-6:30pm||Welcome Reception hosted by NCSFA|
|6:30pm||Dinner on your own|
DAY 2: Thursday, October 27 – Kick Off, Opening Session, Committee Meetings, Dinner, Auction
|7:00am-7:45am||Breakfast sponsored by OnStar|
|8:00am-9:30am||Opening General Session|
|9:45am-11:00am||Health, Safety, and Training Committee Meeting|
|11:00am-11:15am||Break sponsored by Columbia Southern University|
|11:15am-12:15pm||Legislative Committee Meeting|
|12:30pm-1:30pm||Chair’s Lunch sponsored by Clarion Fire & Rescue Group|
|1:30pm-2:30pm||Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting|
|2:30pm-2:45pm||Afternoon break sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group|
|2:45pm-3:45pm||Volunteer Advocacy Committee Meeting|
|2:45pm-4:15pm||EMS/Rescue Section Meeting|
|6:00pm-7:30pm||Dinner hosted by NCSFA|
|8:00pm-10:00pm||NVFC Auction sponsored by ESIP|
DAY 3: Friday, October 28 – Committee Meetings, General Session with Committee Report Outs, Closing
|7:00am-7:45am||Breakfast sponsored by FirstNet|
|7:00am-5:00pm||Gathering Room open|
|8:00am-9:30am||Standards and Codes Committee Meeting|
|9:30am-9:45am||Break sponsored by NFPA|
|9:45am-11:15am||Wildland Committee Meeting|
|11:15am-11:30am||Break sponsored by Provident|
|11:30am-12:30pm||Nominating Committee Meeting|
|1:45pm-3:30pm||General Session with Closing|
The agenda gets updated periodically. Click here for the most current schedule.
Junior Firefighter Program: The Future of Your Department
Wednesday, Oct. 26
1:00 – 2:30 pm
This session will give an overview of the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program, why a department needs a junior program, steps to starting a junior program, generational differences, keeping juniors engaged and offering resources for the class to use and refer to. It will also provide some real-life successes and failures with the junior program at the Cherryville Fire Department and some challenges North Carolina has faced in allowing juniors to participate.
Leadership Success Defined
Wednesday, Oct. 26
2:45 – 4:00 pm
What does it take to be a confident leader? It’s more than a position. This session will give an overview of the ingredients for leadership success. It also discusses leadership with a focus on life lessons. This will be an interactive course with discussion, questions, answers, and scenario-based challenges. This class is designed for all levels of emergency services personnel, with an emphasis on lieutenant and above and especially new leaders and potential leaders. Each attendee will take away tools and concepts to improve their leadership role within their individual organization.
Chief Jeff Cash (Ret.), President, Bucket Brigade Consulting, LLC
Chief Quentin Cash, Assistant Chief of Training & Safety, Cherryville (NC) Fire Department
About Your Instructors
Quentin “Q” Cash has been in the fire service since 1995, starting as a junior volunteer firefighter and currently serving as assistant chief of training and safety with the Cherryville Fire Department in Cherryville, NC. He began as a career firefighter with the City of Shelby in 2005, where he currently holds the rank of battalion chief of operations over C-Platoon since 2015. Chief Cash holds a master’s of business administration from Columbia Southern University, a bachelor’s of science degree in political science concentrating in town, city, and county management from Appalachian State University, and an associate’s degree in fire protection technology from Cleveland Community College. He received the NC State Firefighters’ Association Firefighter of the Year in 2015, NC Association of Fire Chief’s Volunteer Officer of the Year in 2019, and he was awarded his Chief Fire Officer Designation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2019.
Chief Cash currently serves as past president on the Executive Board of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, on the board of directors for the Cleveland County United Way, as well as serving as co-chair for the City of Shelby’s United Way Campaign.
Q currently resides in Ranlo with his lovely bride Erin Howle Cash, and they enjoy traveling around the country and the Caribbean together.
Retired Fire Chief Jeff Cash is a 43-year veteran of the fire service. He still volunteers, runs calls, and fills in at the Cherryville Fire Department. He is a past president of the NC State Firefighters’ Association. He is a recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the James Monihan Leadership Award and the John Buckman Leadership Award. He still carries certifications in the majority of NC fire and EMS programs. Chief Cash holds a degree in fire protection administration. He is a former NCSFA Firefighter of the Year, the NCAFC Fire Chief of the Year, NC Society of Fire Service Instructors Instructor of the Year, among other awards and recognitions. Chief Cash serves on the board of CaroMont Healthcare System as the executive board’s vice chair. He is the president of Bucket Brigade Consulting, LLC, which is a family business. He serves as the state training director for VFIS of North Carolina. He is also employed by Speedway Motorsports, LLC, which owns eleven racetracks. He has served the NVFC as board member, executive committee member, and secretary/treasurer for over 25 years.
One of his proudest achievements is being awarded “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society” from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. This award is for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their community through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Persons named to The Order become North Carolina Ambassadors with their names and award dates recorded on a roster maintained by The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society.
He is married to Cynthia and they have two sons and daughters-in-law, Chad/Heidi and Quentin/Erin. They reside in Cherryville, NC. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Cherryville. They were involved with Little League Baseball for over 30 years. Jeff and Cynthia enjoy traveling, going to NASCAR races, and the Atlanta Braves.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
All are welcome to join in a friendly golf game at a nearby course. Additional fees apply and more information to come. Be sure to check off “golf” on the registration form to stay informed indicate your interest.
Hosted by NCSFA
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverwalk
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Join the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association for the opening social event. Say hello to long-time friends and introduce yourself to those who are new. Light refreshments will be served along with a cash bar.
Afterwards enjoy dinner on your own or with friends at the hotel restaurant or take a stroll along the Riverwalk to find a restaurant in historic Wilmington.
Thursday, Oct. 27
6:00 – ~8:00 pm
Brooklyn Arts Center
Enjoy a traditional seafood boil hosted by the North Carolina State Firefighters Association. This catered dinner will be a crowd pleaser (chicken also available) and will be served up at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center. Transportation will be provided.
NVFC Health & Safety Fund Auction
Sponsored by ESIP
Thursday, Oct. 27
~8:30 – 10:00 pm
Wilmington Convention Center
Join in the fun while raising funds for health and safety initiatives with the NVFC Auction. Bring your items and bid on others!
Spouse | Non-Meeting Guest Program
Hosted by NCSFA
- Tuesday Golf – More information to come.
- Wednesday Airlie Gardens – Take a one-and-a-half-hour walking tour of the beautiful and historical gardens. Shuttle in the gardens is available if needed. Transportation provided.
- Thursday Bellamy Mansion and Luncheon – Step back in history with a tour of Bellamy Mansion. This 10,000-square-foot home has 20 rooms and was built by many skilled enslaved and free black artisans. The five mansion floors and two slave quarter floors are only accessible by stairs.
- Friday Carriage Ride – Enjoy historic Wilmington in one of the quaint, relaxing horse-drawn carriages.
Please pre-register for activities during registration. Additional details will be posted and announced in director communications. Final times and pick up locations will be posted in the final agenda.
|Early Bird Pricing (through Sept. 25)*|
|State Association Representative||$225|
|Registration (after Sept. 25)|
|State Association Representative||$350|
Pricing for corporate members is based on membership and meeting sponsorship level. Please register and if there is a fee, the NVFC will contact you.
Purchase Orders and Invoices
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*Payment must be received by the early bird deadline in order to get the discount.
Cancellations: All cancellations will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to email@example.com by Oct. 12, 2022, to receive a refund. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Substitutions will be allowed in the event the registrant is unable to attend – and telephone substitutions will be permitted. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with written request received no later than Nov. 4, 2022. Refunds are not available for “no shows.”
All meetings, Thursday breakfast, and NVFC auction are held at the convention center, which is next to the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront hotel.
Wilmington Convention Center
10 Convention Center Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
9 Estell Lee Place
Wilmington, NC 28401
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront, NC Hotel
Group Discount Deadline: Sept. 25, 2022
Standard View: $169 (plus 7% state tax & 6% county occupancy tax/night)
Riverview: $189 (plus state and occupancy tax/night)
- Connected to the Wilmington Convention Center
- Offers 2-room suites with separate living area
- Complimentary made-to-order breakfast
- Complimentary 2-hour manager’s evening reception
Amenities include: Indoor pool, fitness center, Steam Restaurant with terrace dining, mini-bar, refrigerator/microwave, paid valet parking ($22/night) or self parking ($16/night) in reserved paid guest parking spaces in connected garage
All reservations require a first night room deposit with a major credit card. Cancelations can be made up to 72 hours prior to arrival. Cancelations within 72 hours of arrival will incur 100% of the first night’s room rate plus tax and charged to individual’s credit card.
Check in: 4:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
We are monitoring the situation and working with other nearby hotels. Please contact Meg Goldberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your preferred arrival and departure dates.
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
Wilmington International Airport – Fly ILM
- American, Avelo, Delta, and United partners
- 4 miles from Embassy Suites Riverfront
- ~$10 share ride fee to/from airport
Have a question or would like to learn more about the board meeting? Contact event planner Meg Goldberg email@example.com or 202-887-5700 ext. 117.
We could not do it without the support of our meeting sponsors and partners. Thank you!
Interested in sponsoring? Meeting sponsorships are a great way to network with the NVFC leadership – leaders in 47 state fire service associations. This is your opportunity to interact, build relationships, and engage. Sponsorships include breaks, speaking opportunity with a sponsored lunch, visibility as technology sponsor and more. Contact Meg Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.887.5700 ext.117.
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