NVFC Spring Meeting 2019

Please join us for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) annual spring meeting April 25-27 in Alexandria, Virginia. 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.”


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

Pre-Meeting: Wed., April 24

5:00 – 8:30 pm              Honoring Jim Seavey (Optional) – Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department

Day 1: Thurs., April 25

1:00 – 4:00 pm              Registration & Gathering Room Open
2:00 – 3:30 pm              Committee Breakout Meeting – Wildland
5:00 pm                          CFSI Dinner Bus Departure (from Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel) (Gather at 5)

Day 2: Fri., April 26

7:00 am – 5:00 pm       Check In / Gathering Room Open
7:30 – 8:15 am              Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 – 9:15 am              New Board Member Orientation
9:30 – 10:30 am            Committee Breakout Sessions
10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Executive Session (NVFC Directors & invited guests only)
12:15 – 1:15 pm            Chairman’s Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm              Speakers
2:30 – 3:30 pm              Roundtable Discussion
3:45 – 4:45 pm              Committee Breakout Sessions
4:45 pm                          Meeting Concludes
6:00 pm                          Board of Directors Photo Session
6:15 – 9:00 pm              Achievement Celebration

Day 3: Sat., April 27

6:30 – 7:15 am              Morning Walk
7:00 am – 5:30 pm       Check In & Gathering Room Open
7:45 – 9:15 am              Committee Breakout Sessions
9:30 – 10:15 am            Nominating Committee: Election Process & “Meet the Candidate”
10:30 am – 11:30 pm   Committee Breakout Sessions
11:45 am – 12:30 pm   Networking Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 pm            Committee Breakout Meetings
2:15 – 3:15 pm              Legislative Committee
3:30 – 4:15 pm              General Session – Committee Reports
4:15 – 5:00 pm              Executive Session (NVFC Directors & invited guests only)
5:00 pm                          Meeting Adjourns
6:30 pm                          Optional Dinner (organized by directors)


Legislative Webinars
Make plans now to visit with your Congressional representatives while in town for the Board meeting. NVFC’s Chief of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Dave Finger will be providing information on setting up meetings as well as additional tools and resources to make and have productive meetings.

Legislative Priority Review
Wednesday, April 17
A review of the current NVFC legislative priorities will be presented as well as additional helpful information for your meetings on the Hill.

Register in advance for this webinar at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6fa91fabb4525c21dc2040ba88984b7b

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Honoring Jim Seavey Optional Activity
Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department
Wednesday, April 24
5:00 – 8:30 pm
“Seavey Night Only” tickets may be purchased through the meeting registration link.

All are welcome to a night honoring Chief James P. Seavey Sr. in recognition for the work and dedication Jim gave to cancer awareness and prevention in the fire service. This casual and optional activity, in advance of the spring meeting, is an opportunity to celebrate Jim’s impact within the NVFC, the fire community, and to meet with his volunteer department. Mission BBQ and beverages will be served with transportation provided. There is a small fee to cover dinner and refreshments. Attire is comfortable – NVFC shirt/polo and jeans.

5:00            Transportation from meeting hotel to CJVFD
6:00-8:00   Recognition and Dinner
8:00            Return to hotel

Annual Awards Celebration
Friday, April 26
6:15-7:00     Awards Reception
7:00-9:00    Dinner & Awards Presentation

Each spring, the NVFC honors a firefighter who has provided a lifetime of service, an outstanding junior firefighter, and an exemplary junior firefighter program. New this year is an award that recognizes achievement in health and wellness initiatives. All recipients receive travel arrangements to receive their personalized award and national recognition. Learn more about each award at www.nvfc.org/awards.

The new Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award, co-sponsored by Ward Diesel and VFIS, will be presented to 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.

The NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Rosenbauer America, recognizes a volunteer firefighter who has served at least 20 years and has made a major contribution or achieved significant accomplishments in the volunteer fire service at the local, state, and/or national level.

The Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by California Casualty, honors a junior firefighter, cadet, or Explorer who has shown extraordinary dedication, commitment, and achievements as a youth member of the fire service.

The Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by California Casualty, recognizes a department that has an outstanding junior firefighter program.


Click here to register.

EARLY BIRD PRICING in effect until March 29 − $225 director/assn. reps | $100 spouses & guests
Starting March 30 − $275 director/assn. reps | $125 spouses & guests

To receive the discounted pricing, payment and registration forms must be received by Friday, March 29, 2018.

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 29 Full refund (less payment processing fee)
March 30 − 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


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

Group Discount Code: NVF

Online Reservation: Click here

To select dates, use the dropdown arrow on the right of the booking screen > “Change Search.”

Call: 1.877.504.0047
Be sure to refer to the group code: NVF

Check in 3 pm | Check out 12 pm
Group Rate: $169 single/double (plus taxes and fees – approx. $25.50)
Reservation deadline: April 5

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 does have 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).

Getting to Alexandria

By Air:

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


Meeting sponsorship is a great strategy to meet face-to-face with the leaders of the 49 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 ways and price points that are 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 –

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.