NVFC Spring Meeting 2022



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Please join us for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Board Meeting taking place April 7-9 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA.

This is an in-person event with more than 100 NVFC board of directors from across the U.S., state fire service association leaders, government representatives, and other invited guests to discuss emerging issues, establish priorities, take care of Council business, and work on tasks supporting the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue community. We will also be honoring outstanding achievements at the annual awards dinner and presentations.

The goal is to bring this national leadership together to work with purpose and passion to set a common course of action to best serve and meet the needs of the volunteer boots on the ground. Be sure to be part of the conversation and decision making while it’s happening.

The spring meeting is 2.5 days of committee work, general sessions, and presentations. There is ample time for networking, sharing ideas, and learning while putting forth a formula for success.


The schedule of activities and meetings changes periodically and some committee work will be taking place virtually ahead of the meeting. Click here for the current agenda.

Virtual Committee Meetings:

March 28 1:30pm ET Diversity & Inclusion Committee
March 30 1:00pm ET Hazmat Response Committee
March 30 1:00pm ET Membership/Awards Committee
March 31 2:00pm ET Volunteer Advocacy Committee
April 1 1:00pm ET Homeland Security Committee
April 4 1:00pm ET Bylaws Committee
April 4 3:00pm ET Finance Committee

DAY 1:  Thursday, April 7

1:00pm-4:00pm Registration and Check-In
2:00pm-3:30pm Wildland Committee Meeting
4:05pm Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Washington Nationals vs New York Mets
5:00pm CFSI Bus Departs

DAY 2: Friday, April 8

6:45am Morning Walk
7:30am Executive Committee Meeting
9:00am Opening Ceremonies and General Session (Welcome provided by Chief David Povlitz, Arlington County (VA) Fire Dept.)
11:00am Ken Willette, Executive Director, North American Fire Training Directors
11:15am Tina Godfrey, SAFER/FP&S Section Chief
12:15pm Chair’s Lunch
1:15pm National Fire Academy, Eriks Gabliks, Superintendent
1:30pm Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator
2:30pm Health, Safety, and Training Committee Meeting
4:00pm EMS/Rescue Section Meeting
6:00pm Awards Celebration

DAY 3: Saturday, April 9

7:00am Morning Walk
8:30am Standards and Codes Committee Meeting
10:15am Legislative Committee Meeting
12:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00pm Recruitment and Retention Committee Meeting
2:15pm General Session with Committee Actions and Report Outs
4:00pm Meeting Adjourns
6:30pm Optional Dinner (organized by directors)

Meeting Highlights

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell

Keynote Address
April 8, 1:30pm
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell was appointed by President Joseph Biden as the U.S. fire administrator on October 25, 2021. Prior to her appointment, Lori served nearly three years as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Public Safety Data Institute, which she founded after retiring from a 26-year tenure as a senior executive in the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

Dr. Moore-Merrell is considered an expert in executive leadership, emergency response system evaluation, public safety resource deployment, community risk assessment, data science/analytics, strategic planning, costs and benefits analysis, advocacy, consensus building, policy development and implementation, and generational differences in the workplace.

As a doctor of public health and a data scientist, Dr. Moore-Merrell recently served on the Biden-Harris Transition Team to conduct agency review for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the COVID-19 response planning. She has also served on the Public Safety Committee of the transition teams for both the mayor of New York City (2013) and the mayor of the District of Columbia (2015).

Dr. Moore-Merrell serves on national and international boards of directors and advises elected officials, CEOs, and local metropolitan fire chiefs in areas of her expertise while providing them scientific data to make fact-based decisions. She was recently awarded Honorary Membership in the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association for her expertise in areas of fire prevention, fire suppression or other related disciplines. Lori is only the fourth individual to be presented this honor in the 54-year history of the organization.

Dr. Moore-Merrell is an international speaker, presenter, and author. She has also been awarded the James O. Page Achievement Award by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) (2001), twice awarded the IAFC President’s Award for commitment to firefighter safety (2009, 2019), the Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research (2010), the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs President’s Award of Distinction (2013), the Mason Lankford Award from the Congressional Fire Services Institute (2019), and the Homeland Security Today Mission Award (2020).

She is a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 3000 Technical Committee and is an advisor to the chair of the NFPA 1710 Technical Committee. She served 9 years as a commissioner to the Commission for Fire Service Accreditation and 3 terms as a board member for the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Dr. Moore-Merrell is a member of the International Fire Service Training Association Executive Board, as well as the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Fire Council.

During her 26 years at the IAFF, Dr. Moore-Merrell spent more than 17 years leading a research team made up of international fire service organizations and other partners, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the UL, the Urban Institute, the University of Texas, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. As principal investigator and senior project manager on projects funded by FEMA/Assistance to Firefighters Grants totaling more than $23 million, she led the team to produce landmark reports and other tools to improve residential and high-rise fireground operations, community risk assessment, fire and EMS resource deployment, and “Big Data Analytics” — all to help drive executive decision-making. These reports and other resources have changed the face of fire and EMS deployment in countries throughout the world.

Dr. Moore-Merrell has also managed emergency response system evaluation project teams, including secure data procurement, geographic information systems analysis and workload analysis in hundreds of fire departments throughout North America.

Dr. Moore-Merrell began her fire service career in 1987 as a fire department paramedic in the City of Memphis (TN) Fire Department.

NVFC Awards Celebration
April 8, 6:00-9:00pm
Each year, the NVFC honors outstanding achievements for a lifetime of service, health and wellness leadership, and the next generation of firefighters with the Junior service and program recognition. These well-deserving individuals will be recognized during this evening of celebration. NVFC board of director service awards will also be given. Click here to read about this year’s award recipients.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by ADT
This award honors an individual who has been a volunteer firefighter for at least 20 years and whose remarkable achievements in the fire service and community exemplify outstanding performance.

Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Health & Wellness Leadership Award
Co-sponsored by VFIS and Ward Diesel Filter Systems
This award honors a volunteer firefighter, EMS provider, or rescue worker who has served as a leader in creating or promoting emergency responder health and wellness programs or initiatives in areas including, but not limited to, firefighter cancer, heart health, behavioral health, and overall health and wellness.

Junior Firefighter of the Year and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Awards
Sponsored by California Casualty
Junior firefighters are the next generation of leaders and champions of the fire service. An outstanding Junior will be honored who has demonstrated a passion for the fire service and has been a strong force in their department. The NVFC also honors a Junior Firefighter Program. This award is given at a presentation with the department.

To learn more about awards, click here.

Special Events

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Washington Nationals vs New York Mets
Thursday, April 7
The NVFC is organizing a night at the ballpark! This is an optional event where pre-registration is required. Group tickets will be approximately $64, paid for in advance, and are nonrefundable. The park is easily accessible by the DC metro.

Update: There are only a few tickets left! For details, contact Lorraine Higgins at lorraine@nvfc.org.

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Dinner
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Thursday, April 7
NVFC bus provided
Reservation and tickets are required to attend the CFSI dinner. For those attending, the NVFC will be providing bus transportation to and from the Washington Hilton.

Saturday Dinner
Optional | Coordinated by directors
Staying over Saturday night? Group up and head out to dinner in Old Town Alexandria. Use the meeting app or the Gathering Room to make plans and meet up for a relaxing night with your colleagues.


To register, please click here.

Registration (March 8 – April 9)

Director $350
State Association Representative $350
Spouse/Guest $150

Corporate Members
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
Need an invoice? Please contact Lorraine Higgins at lorraine@nvfc.org.

*Payment must be received by the early bird deadline in order to get the discount.

All cancellations will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to nvfcoffice@nvfc.org by March 24, 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 April 13, 2022. Refunds are not available for “no shows.”

Meeting Location and Accommodations

The spring meeting has a new location and is conveniently situated a mile from Reagan National Airport (DCA), is accessible via the blue/yellow DC metro lines, and has restaurants and shops in walking distance. The hotel is a Marriott Bonvoy property with a Discover LEED® Gold certified accommodation rating, has complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, and offers a fitness center and business center.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 S. Potomac Ave., Arlington, VA

  • NVFC Group Room Rate: $175 (plus tax/services)
  • Group Discounted Parking: $15/day

Reservation Deadline: March 7, 2022

FREE Shuttle Service

Look for the white bus to take you to/from Reagan National Airport and the Crystal City subway station. It’s free! Click here for instructions.


  • Free Reagan National Airport Shuttle Bus
  • Free shuttle service to Crystal City Metro Station
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Convenience Store

Other Hotel Information

  • Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm
  • One-night deposit required when making reservation
  • Smoke free
  • No pets allowed

Looking for things to do in the DC-area? Click here.


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

  • One mile from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
  • Free shuttle service provided by the hotel (click here for instructions)

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

  • 28 miles from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Questions and Meeting Contact

Questions can be directed to Meg Goldberg, meeting planner at 202.887.5700 ext.117 or meg@nvfc.org.

Thank You Sponsors

We could not do it without the support of our corporate members and partners. Thank you! Support of the meeting provides networking opportunities, visibility, and a voice at the table. If you would like information on how to participate and sponsor the meeting, please contact Meg Goldberg at 202-887-5700 ext.117 or meg@nvfc.org

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