NVFC Fall Meeting 2019

Please make plans to attend the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) annual fall meeting October 23-25, 2019, in Augusta, GA. NVFC board members, corporate partners, volunteer fire service experts, and government officials are assembling with the purpose of setting policy, developing strategies, identifying emerging issues, and thinking ahead.

This year’s theme is “Developing Leaders for the Future,” with planned training and sessions on how to:

  • Impart the 11 Best Practices of Reducing the Risk of Cancer in your department; and
  • Lead even when there is disagreement; and hear from a wounded warrior about how to triumph in the face of adversity.

In addition, there will be an update on the firefighter registry, continuation of committee work, networking, and social activities. The program is designed with leadership training on day one and committee and Council work on days two and three. This year two special and optional activities have been added – Wednesday morning the LION Mobile Fire Experience will be set up for attendees to go through, and on Saturday following the board meeting the Rural Fire Chief VI Seminar will be held.

We will be welcomed to the Peach State by our meeting host – the Georgia State Firefighters Association. A fun Wednesday night dinner and activity is planned along with two days of spouse/non-meeting guest activities.”


Click here for a current agenda.

More sessions and activities are in the planning stages. Please check back regularly for meeting program updates. Please note that the meeting is taking place at the Belair Convention Center, which has a shared parking lot with the two meeting hotels.

At A Glance

Day 1: Wednesday Training Day

Meeting registrants are welcome to participate in any or all of NVFC’s training day sessions.

9:00 – 4:30 Check in & registration
9:00 – 11:30 LION Mobile Fire Experience – see below for details!
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch on your own (food trucks in the parking lot!)
1:00 – 4:30 Training presentations (all directors, state association reps, corporate partners, and invited guests welcome)
Agree or Disagree, You Gotta Be on Board with the Team – presenter: Scott Johnson, County Administrator, Columbia County (GA)
National Firefighter Registry Update
Lavender Ribbon Report Training: Surviving the Job/11 Best Practices – presenters: Brian McQueen, NVFC Cancer Subcommittee Chair & John M. Buckman III, IAFC VCOS)
6:00 – 9:00 Hosted dinner (Harlem Fire Department) including Laurel & Hardy movies at the restored Columbia Theatre

Day 2: Thursday Kick Off and Committee Meeting

7:00-8:15 Executive Committee meeting
8:00-5:30 Check in/registration
8:30-9:15 New board member orientation
8:30-9:45 Standards & Codes Committee
10:00-10:45 Executive session (NVFC directors & invited guests only)
10:45-12:00 Opening General Session
12:00-1:00 Chairman’s Lunch (sponsored by Clarion Fire Group)
1:00-5:30 Committee breakouts
5:30 Meeting adjourns
6:00-7:45 Dicks’ BBQ hosted by the GSFA & sponsored by the Joseph M. Stillburn Burn Center/Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America
8:00-10:00 NVFC auction (sponsored by ESIP/McNeil & Co.)

Day 3: Friday General Meeting, Committee Meetings, and Wrap-Up

6:30-7:15 Morning walk
8:00-5:00 Check-in area open
7:30-12:00 Committee breakout sessions
12:15-1:00 Networking lunch (sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group)
1:00-2:00 Toxic Leadership: A Wounded Warrior’s Insight to D.E.C.O.N. – presenter: Michael Reynolds
2:15-3:15 Legislative Committee
3:30-4:30 General session
Committee reports
Closing Remarks
4:30 Meeting adjourns




LION Mobile Fire Experience (optional)
Wed., October 23 – morning in the parking lot

The NVFC has partnered with corporate member LION to bring its Mobile Fire Experience to the firefighting boots on the ground in three U.S. regions (Pacific northwest, northeast, and southeast). This 2- to 3-day program is a combination of virtual and live fire training. In addition, education and implementation of the Lavender Ribbon Report’s best practice will be given. This is your opportunity to experience it yourself and learn more about how to host in your state. There is no fee to participate. (Please pre-register.)

Ram Trucks — Rewarding Those Who Protect and Serve
Wed., October 23 – 9:00-2:00
Outside Belair Conference Center

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Rural Fire Chief Seminar VI (optional)
Sat., October 26 – 7:30-4:00
Columbia County Fire Rescue
Special NVFC Director Discount Fee: $20 (non-director fee $50)

The New England Volunteer Fire & EMS Coalition, Inc. (NEVFEC) – partnering with the Georgia State Firefighters Association, the South Carolina Firefighters Association, and the NVFC – is presenting its 6th Rural Fire Chief seminar. The seminar was developed by a group of New England NVFC directors and the NFPA to provide training to small town/rural fire chiefs. The objective of this one-day training is to help the rural volunteer fire chief and fire service to better protect their citizens and property, and to have a better understanding on how to work with the obstacles encountered in providing rural emergency services. The rural volunteer fire service shares similar challenges and responsibilities. Join fellow chiefs and department leaders from small, rural communities in Georgia and South Carolina and learn how to use NFPA standards to benefit your department, increase and improve training, and recruit volunteer firefighters.

The session is limited to 50 attendees. For the seminar agenda, click here.

NVFC directors get a special discounted rate of $20 and seminar enrollment can be done through the fall meeting registration process. State association reps; fire, EMS, rescue personnel, and non-meeting guests may also attend at the $50 rate using this link.


The Georgia State Firefighters Association is planning a number of fun activities for everyone!

Golf Anyone? Jones Creek is currently closed, however there are other alternatives. If interested, please contact David Bullard at dbullard@columbiacountyga.gov.

Wednesday Dinner and Theatre Event
Plans are for meeting attendees to bus out for dinner at the Harlem Fire Department to join spouses and guests where there’ll be plenty of Southern hospitality and grits! Following this, there will be showing of Laurel & Hardy films at the restored Columbia Theatre (across the street).

Thursday Dinner
Join us for dinner before the auction! Tony Dicks and the South Carolina Firefighters Association team will be serving BBQ, sponsored by the Joseph M. Still Burn Center/Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America – the largest burn center in the United States located here in Augusta, GA, with satellite facilities in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. The Burn Foundation of America will also be in attendance, who are also headquartered in Augusta and work with JMS to provide after care supplies to patients as well as assistance to families of patients.

Spouses & Non-Meeting Guests
Wednesday – Travel to Appling (GA) to tour the oldest operating courthouse in Georgia and spend some time in 1930 jail cells! Then they will proceed to Harlem (GA) for an afternoon tour of the Laurel & Hardy Museum.
Thursday – On Thursday, spouses/non-meeting guests will travel into Augusta for lunch at the Boll Weevil Café – save room for desert, the cake slices are massive! A tour of the Augusta Canal Heritage Center will follow, including a canal cruise on a replica Petersburg boat.


Click here to register.



EARLY BIRD PRICING in effect until Sept. 20
− $225 director/assn. reps | $75 spouses & non-meeting guests
Starting Sept. 21 − $275 director/assn. reps | $125 spouses & guests

To receive the discounted pricing, payment and registration forms must be received by Friday, September 20, 2019.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations can be made up to the start of the NVFC Board Meeting with refunds processed based on the date the cancellation is received. Transfers are accepted. For a copy of the complete policy, contact NVFC meeting planner Meg Goldberg (meg@nvfc.org / 202.887.5700 x117).

Up to September 25 Full refund (less payment processing fee)
September 26-October 9 Refund minus a $50 administration fee (of the director registration fee only) – and any payment processing fee
October 10 and during meeting No refunds available


There are two meeting hotels that are located next door to each other and share a parking lot with the Belair Conference Center. Guest rooms are evenly split between the two. They are equal is size and share similar amenities. Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast service.


Hampton Inn & Suites
4081 Jimmy Dyess Pkwy | Augusta, GA 30909
Online Link: https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/A/AGSWEHX-NFC-20191021/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
4087 Jimmy Dyess Pkwy | Augusta, GA 30909
Online Link: https://www.hiexpress.com/redirect?path=event-facilities&brandCode=EX&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=agsjd&_PMID=99801505&GPC=NFC&cn=no&viewfullsite=true

Group Discount Code (both hotels): NFC
Group Rate: $99 single/double (plus taxes and fees – approx. $18)
Reservation deadline: September 30, 2019 (unless block is filled prior to deadline)

Belair Conference Center
4083 Singh Lane | Augusta, GA

All training and meeting activities are held at the Belair Conference Center unless noted in the final agenda. It is a short distance from the meeting hotels and accessible through the shared parking lot. Please contact the meeting planner, Meg Goldberg, if you require special assistance (meg@nvfc.org or 202-887-5700).


By Air:

  • Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) | Delta and American | GSFA can arrange for limited transportation with department van – contact David Bullard at dbullard@columbiacountyga.gov
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) | 2 hours from Augusta | Groome’s Shuttle Service: https://groometransportation.com/augusta
  • Columbia (SC) Metro Airport (CAE) | 1 hour from Augusta


Thank you to the meeting host:

Meeting sponsorship is a great strategy to meet face-to-face with the leaders of the state fire service organizations. This is your opportunity to be in front of, tell your story, and network with these national influencers. It’s also a visible way that showcases you’re aligned with the national organization supporting the volunteer “boots on the ground.” There are many options and price points available. Please contact Meg Goldberg directly at 240-297-3564 or meg@nvfc.org.

Click here to learn more about sponsor opportunities.

Thank you to –​


3M™ Scott™ Fire & Safety
3M™ Scott™ Fire & Safety, part of 3M’s Personal Safety Division, is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative respiratory and thermal imaging solutions for firefighters, military, civil defense and industrial workers around the world. The 3M Scott product line includes a full line of SCBA, most notably the Air-Pak™ X3 Pro, handheld and hands-free thermal imagers, voice communication devices, firefighter accountability solutions and breathing air compressors. www.3MScott.com

For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric of the United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 14 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

California Casualty
Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to firefighters, peace officers, educators and nurses in 44 states. The company routinely maintains a 99 percent customer service rating and a 96 percent claims rating. Learn more about their exclusive coverage and discounts at www.calcas.com.

Clarion UX’s Fire & Rescue Group provides critical cutting-edge firefighting and emergency medical service news, education, equipment and hands-on training. Through our industry-leading publications, digital media and events, Clarion UX’s Fire & Rescue Group covers the latest developments and standards in apparatus and equipment, clinical breakthroughs, and training for firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and those professionals serving in the Fire & EMS Industries. We at Clarion UX’s Fire & Rescue hold ourselves to the strictest of standards, ensuring that our service to the first responders equals the industry’s tireless service to us all while maintaining our long-standing mission to “Train and Inform the Fire & EMS Industry.” For more information go to: https://www.clarionux.com/59/urban-expositions-home.htm

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.

Emergency Services Insurance Program (ESIP)
In a world of insurance driven by bargain pricing, arm’s length service, and one-size-fits all policies, only ESIP 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

Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance, and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings, and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. In 2012 Lincoln Financial Group’s Retirement Plan Services business announced the introduction of a new National LOSAP HEROPLUSSM Program. This first of its kind Length of Service Award Program was designed for individual Fire and Emergency Services departments to help recruit, retain, and reward dedicated volunteers with a program that will help boost their retirement readiness. The National LOSAP HEROPLUSSM offers sponsors ongoing program support in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, and is customizable at the local level to meet the specific needs of the plan sponsor. For more information about the HEROPLUS Program please visit www.heroplusprogram.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.

Provident Agency, Inc.
For over 90 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. www.providentbenefits.com/

Verizon powers the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, covering more than 2.5 million square miles and 98% of Americans, representing a 450,000 square mile coverage advantage over the nearest competitor. We understand the important role first responders have in protecting and serving our communities and have been partners with this community for decades. Volunteer firefighters, along with other first responders, have access to wireless discounts and can request priority access. You can count on our network when you need it most. Learn more at VerizonWireless.com/firstresponders.


Contact meeting planner Meg Goldberg at 202-887-5700 ext. 117 or email at meg@nvfc.org.