NVFC Holds Training Summit in Concord, NC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) held a Training Summit on June 1-2 in Concord, NC. This is the fourth Training Summit hosted by the NVFC and was made possible thanks to a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant.

The event drew 124 fire and emergency service members from 28 states to learn about critical health and safety topics. Scholarships covering the registration fee and eligible travel expenses were available to NVFC members to enable more people to attend the Summit. A total of 68 attendees received scholarships.

The robust selection of courses included a variety of training topics, from behavioral and physical health to safety concerns to leadership to recruitment and retention and more. Attendees could choose six out of the following 12 courses:

  • Pave Your Own Way – Ali Warren Rothrock
  • O2X Human Performance: Comprehensive, Science-backed Training for the Tactical Athlete – Brice Long
  • Leadership Challenges in Today’s Volunteer Emergency Service Organizations – David Lewis
  • Saving Those Who Save Others – Jeff Dill and Chief Jared Meeker
  • Recruiter Boot Camp: Creating the Call to Duty – Tiger Schmittendorf
  • Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer – Chief Brian McQueen
  • Generational Differences: Working With, Recruiting, and Retaining in the Ever-Changing Volunteer Fire Services – Chief Wesley Hutchins
  • Personal Protective Actions for Opioid Emergencies – Thomas Miller
  • Preventing Legal Fires – John Murphy
  • Short-Handed Firefighting – Chief Roger Audette
  • Hell on Wheels – Captain James Kirsch
  • Cardiac Rehab and Health in the Fire Service – Kymberly Pashkowsky

“The NVFC Training Summit is a valuable learning event for the entire volunteer fire service, from officers to new recruits,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “The topics covered in the two-day curriculum enable the attendees to learn solutions and actionable steps to address a wide variety of issues facing the fire and emergency services. We thank all of the instructors and attendees for making this a successful event and for taking this knowledge back to their local departments.”

A special reception was also held to provide an opportunity for attendees to network and get to know their peers from across the country. The NVFC appreciates the support of the Networking Reception sponsors: Avon Protection Systems, California Casualty, Columbia Southern University, Firehouse Magazine, First Arriving, First Forward, the National Fire Protection Association, Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners, the Pennsylvania Fireman, Provident, Trident University International, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. Additional support was given by Globe Manufacturing Company (raffle donation of SUPRAFLEX boots with Vibram Arctic Grip Pro soles) and Rescue Wipes (product donation of firefighter decon wipes).

The NVFC thanks FEMA, the instructors, attendees, corporate partners, and our friends at the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association for making the 2018 Training Summit a success.

The Concord Fire Department Color Guard helped open the 2018 NVFC Training Summit.
Attendees could chose six out of 12 courses on a variety of fire service topics.
A special reception provided time for attendees to network with colleagues from across the country.
The closing session featured remarks from NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn and North Carolina Director and Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Cash.