NVFC Spring Meeting 2020

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Please be sure to join us for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) annual spring meeting.  NVFC board members, corporate partners, fire service experts, and government officials are assembling with the purpose of setting policy, developing strategies, identifying emerging issues, and thinking ahead. It’s dedicated time for collaboration, networking, getting down to the tasks at hand, and honoring outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives for the betterment of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. Your participation is crucial in forging the future of the Council, and those the NVFC serves – the volunteer “boots on the ground.”

NVFC Spring Meeting
April 30 – May 2, 2020
Holiday Inn & Suites Old Town | Alexandria VA


Click here for a current agenda.

More sessions and activities are in the planning stages. Please check back regularly for meeting program updates.

At A Glance

Day 1: Thursday, April 30

1:00 – 4:30 Check in & Registration
2:00 – 3:30 Wildland Committee Meeting
5:00 CFSI Dinner Bus

Day 2: Friday, May 1

7:00-4:00 Check In/Gathering Room Open
7:30 Executive Committee Meeting
9:00 General Session & Meeting Opening Ceremonies
10:00 Leadership Session
11:15 ED TALK – Past, Present, & Future of the Fire Service
Presenter: Ed Mann, Director of Training & Education, Provident
12:00 Chairman’s Lunch (sponsored by Clarion Fire Group)
1:00-2:00 Committee Breakout Sessions
2:15-3:30 Drone Usage in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments
3:45 Drone Demo
6:00 Board of Directors Annual Photo
6:15-9:00 Awards Celebration (Reception, Dinner, Presentations)

Day 3: Saturday, May 2

6:30 Bob Walk
7:30-4:00 Gathering Room Open
7:45 Standards & Codes Committee Meeting
9:30 Legislative Committee Meeting
10:45-11:45 Committee Breakout Sessions
12:00 Networking lunch
1:00 Health, Safety & Training Committee Meeting
2:15-3:30 Committee/Section Breakout Sessions
3:45 General Session & Closing Remarks
4:30 Meeting adjourns

Suggested meeting attire: business/neat casual (slacks/khaki’s, NVFC-logo apparel, oxfords, polos, blouses)

Suggested Award Dinner attire: Class A Uniform, suits, dresses


Drone Usage in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), offer departments the ability to provide eyes in the sky to increase officer safety, enhance efficiency, and improve response times. Participate in this roundtable with subject matter experts on the latest in drone technology and how fire departments in rural and suburban areas are using drones to enhance operations. Join us for an outside demonstration and more information on a tethered drone.

Chief Charles Werner (Director, DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance); NVFC New Jersey Board Member Brian Foley (Deputy Chief, East Windsor Township (NJ) Rescue Squad); and one additional yet-to-be-confirmed planned speaker

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Ed Mann, Director of Training & Education, Provident
ED TALK – Past, Present & Future of the Fire Service

Where is the fire service now and where is it headed? You can’t get there without taking a look at its past. Ed Mann, Training & Education Director at Provident and a well-known figure in the fire service, will share his thoughts on where the fire service was in the 1970’s when he first became active with the Logan and Undine Fire Companies in Bellefonte, PA. Moving to the present, you will then hear his views on where the volunteer fire service is today and where he thinks the volunteer fire service is going.

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Legislative Q&A Call
Tuesday, April 21
2:00 pm EST
Dial: 1-888-532-1710

Having visits on Capitol Hill? Would you like to be up to date on legislative priorities and have key messaging? NVFC’s Chief of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Dave Finger will be providing a high level overview and taking your questions so you can be prepared and ready for appointments. Contact: dave@nvfc.org

Annual Awards Celebration
Friday, April 30
6:15pm Awards Reception
7:00-9:00pm Dinner & Awards Presentation

Each spring, the NVFC honors dedicated board members a firefighter who has provided a lifetime of service, a health leader, an outstanding junior firefighter, and an exemplary junior firefighter program.

  • NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by OnStar
  • Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award, co-sponsored by Ward Diesel and VFIS
  • Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by California Casualty
  • Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by California Casualty

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Click here to register.

EARLY BIRD PRICING in effect until March 27 − $225 director/assn. reps | $100 spouses & non-meeting guests
Starting March 28 − $300 director/assn. reps | $125 spouses & guests

To receive the discounted pricing, payment and registration forms must be received by Friday, March 27, 2020.




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 March 27 Full refund (less payment processing fee)
March 28 – April 10 Refund minus a $50 administration fee (of the director registration fee only) – and any payment processing fee
April 11 and during meeting No refunds available

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Old Town
625 First Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Group Rate: $169 single/double (plus taxes and fees – approx. $25.50)
Reservation deadline: March 26

How to Reserve:

  • Online
  • By phone: 1-877-504-0047
  • Refer to the Group Discount Code: NVO

Hotel Details

  • Check in 3 pm | Check out 12 pm
  • Additional Fee: Parking (group rate $10 overnight|$7 day only)
  • Complimentary Amenities:
    • Shuttle to and from Reagan National (DCA) and local Old Town area
    • Wifi
    • Health/Fitness Center
    • Indoor Pool
    • Pet Friendly

Note:  The hotel has kitchenettes available. Cancellations are allowed up until 48 hours. If you find you need to shorten your stay, please notify the front desk before arrival or at check in. The Holiday Inn is happy to make special accommodations. Please call the hotel directly for any needs (703-548-6300).

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By Air

  • Reagan National (DCA) – 3 miles from hotel
  • Dulles International (IAD) – 34 miles
  • Baltimore/Washington Int’l Thurgood Marshall (BWI) – 40 miles

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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.

Thank you to all our sponsors:

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.

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

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire
The volunteer fire department at the Jack Daniel Distillery has the distinction of not only helping make Jack Daniel’s, but also protecting it. Now, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire is giving back to volunteer firefighters nationwide by contributing $75,000 to the NVFC. Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

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.

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