NVFC Fall Meeting 2018


Please join us as we continue the momentum of guiding the Council and achieving our mission of supporting the volunteer “Boots on the Ground.”

We will gather in Bismarck for two and a half days with the purpose of reconnecting with the organization you represent ▪ moving initiatives forward through open discussion and decision-making ▪ and keeping abreast of current trends and emerging issues. In addition, there will be an engaging diversity and inclusion leadership program and sessions on connecting with the First Responder Resource Group, a SAFER case study, and an incident response panel. Social activities will be hosted by the North Dakota Firefighter’s Association and the NVFC Foundation Auction will be held.

Come away charged with knowledge and ideas and a re-commitment to the tasks at hand to meet the needs of the members and the volunteers served by the NVFC.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Click here for a current agenda and schedule of activities.

Please check back regularly for meeting program updates.


Wild West Hosted Dinner – Wednesday Evening
The North Dakota Firefighter’s Association has planned a fun-filled, history-rich evening at Ft. Lincoln State Park. There will be two bus departures for the 45-minute ride to the fort. After arriving there will be light refreshments while you tour the Veteran’s Cemetery, On-A-Slant Indian Village, and the Custer House and Barracks. For dinner you will have a choice of buffalo steak or chicken (pre-selection is included on the registration form).

Evening Schedule:
5:00            Bus 1 departure
5:30            Bus 2 departure
5:45-7:15    Touring Park & Historical Buildings
7:30-8:30   Dinner
9:00            Transportation to hotel

NVFC Foundation Auction
Thursday – 8:00 pm
Radisson Hotel

The major fundraising for the NVFC Foundation is through the annual live auction at the fall meeting. Items for bid are eclectic and will include donations from directors, state associations, and corporate partners. Sponsored by ESIP/McNeil & Company, the evening will have light dessert refreshments, coffee/tea service, and lots of fun! One complimentary beverage is provided with cash bar available.

Donations are welcome and can be brought with you or shipped to the hotel. Please contact Meg Goldberg, event planner, for shipping information (meg@nvfc.org | 202.887.5700 ext. 117).

Sponsored by:

Spouse/Guest Program
The North Dakota Firefighter’s Association is planning activities for spouses and friends who are not attending the NVFC meeting sessions. Pre-registration is required and is done through the registration process.There are now optional activities and Thursday lunch choice. In addition to the registration process, spouses and guests are asked to contact Shirley Klein at as-klein@msn.com.

An early visit and ride on a historic trolley to the location of the hosted Wild West dinner. Once at the park, you tour and enjoy the park and stay for dinner.
3:30       Railroad excursion to Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park
4:00       Visit and tour the park and other historic sites
6:00       NDFA hosted Ft. Lincoln Social (with all meeting guests – directors                  will arrive separately after the meeting)

Everyone will gather in the hotel lobby with transportation provided to the various activities. The schedule is:
9:00       Optional Activity – Tour  of the historic state capitol
10:00     North Dakota Heritage Center
12:00     Lunch at Kobe’s restaurant
3:00       Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruise
5:00       Return to the Radisson

9:30       Muffins and mimosas
11:45      Will be taken to historic Peacock Alley to explore, shop, and have                       lunch on your own.

For a complete schedule, click here.

Morning Walks
Everyone is welcome to join in on an early morning walk around downtown and heading up to the State Capitol Building. Comfy shoes and happy smile is all that’s required! Walkers will gather in the lobby.

Thursday & Friday: 6:30-7:15 am


Click here to register.



EARLY BIRD PRICING in effect through August 17
− $150 director/assn. reps | $75 spouses & guests
Starting August 18 − $200 director/assn. reps | $125 spouses & guests

To receive the discounted pricing, payment and registration forms must be received by Friday, August 17, 2018. If an invoice is needed, contact Meg Goldberg, event planner, at meg@nvfc.org or 202.887.5700 ext. 117.

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.

Up to August 17 Full refund (less payment processing fee)
August 18 – September 4 Refund minus a $50 administration fee (of the Director registration fee only) – and any payment processing fee
September 5 and during meeting No refunds available

You may transfer your paid registration to another director without any penalty. If your meeting registration fee was not received at the time of cancellation (being mailed or paid onsite), any cancellation fees or meeting registration fee is still due based on the date notification is received. Refund exceptions for extenuating circumstances may be made for all or partial refund on a case-by-case basis. Refund requests must be in writing and received no later than 1 week after the conclusion of the Board meeting. The request must be accompanied with documentation to validate the reason for the exemption. Requests can be submitted to the attention of the NVFC meeting planner Meg Goldberg at the NVFC office (7852 Walker Dr., Ste. 375, Greenbelt, MD 20770), via email (meg@nvfc.org), or fax (202.887.5291).


Radisson Hotel Bismarck
605 East Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501

Discount Codes:
Phone Reservation:     National Volunteer Fire Council
Online Promo Code:    NVFIRE

Online Reservation

Call:     701-255-6000 — Be sure to identify yourself as being part of the National Volunteer Fire Council Group

Check in 3 pm | Check out 11 am
Group Rate: $99 single/double (plus taxes and fees)
Reservation deadline: August 17

Positioned in the center of downtown, Radisson Hotel Bismarck sits in the city’s financial district, just two blocks from the Bismarck Event Center. Walk to Bismarck, ND landmarks like Belle Mehus Auditorium and the Sanford Medical Center.

Hotel amenities and services include:

  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Terrace Restaurant
  • Off Broadway Lounge
  • Business center
  • Free covered parking
  • Pet friendly

Getting to Bismark

  • Bismarck Airport (BIS)
  • Served by major airlines including Delta, United, and American
  • Radisson Bismarck provides complimentary shuttle service


Meeting Host:

Meeting Sponsors

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 to, and network with these national influencers all in one location – at the same time. 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.

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.

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

Paradigm provides public awareness and damage prevention compliance services through meetings and mailings. Annually, Paradigm implements over 1,000 free face-to-face safety training programs, bringing together pipeline operators and first responders to plan for readiness in the event of a pipeline emergency. http://www.pdigm.com/

ThePennsylvania Fireman
The Pennsylvania Fireman is a monthly news magazine published for more than 60 years by The Lancaster County Firemen’s Association, Inc. of Lancaster, PA. Its monthly features include state and national news of interest to the emergency services and training articles by nationally known authors. www.lcfa.com

PennWell Fire Group
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For over 70 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



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


2019 NVFC Spring Meeting
April 25-27, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites Old Town
Alexandria, VA