NVFC Holds Training Summit in Portland, OR

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) held a Training Summit in Portland, OR, on June 14-15. This event drew 107 firefighters and EMS providers from 29 states across the country.

This was the fifth Training Summit hosted by the NVFC. The event was made possible thanks to a Fire Prevention & Safety Grant from FEMA. As in past years, travel stipends were offered to help offset the costs in order to enable more volunteers attend. In 2019, 29 attendees received a travel stipend. In addition, CEUs for the sessions were provided by Columbia Southern University.

Attendees were able to select six out of 12 classroom sessions that focused on critical fire service issues, including behavioral health, physical health, safety, recruitment and retention, leadership, communication, and more. View full agenda. Keynote speaker Ali Rothrock also gave an impactful address about fire department culture and creating a safe and mentally healthy workplace.

The Training Summit provided many opportunities for attendees to network and share ideas and best practices. This included a special reception held on the first night sponsored by California Casualty, Columbia Southern University, ESIP/McNeil & Company, FirstForward, Grace Industries, National Fire Protection Association, Provident, and Verizon Wireless.

The NVFC thanks all of the attendees, instructors, and sponsors of the 2019 Training Summit. View photos of the event below.

NVFC Colorado Director Paul Acosta welcomed the Training Summit attendees.

The honor guard was comprised of members from the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and members from Portland Fire & Rescue Honor Guard.

Anthony Correia presented on Command Leadership in Implementing and Maintaining Firefighter Mental and Physical Wellness.

Linda Willing presented on Professionalism: It’s Not About Getting Paid.

Candice McDonald presented on Communicating in the Firehouse with Candor and Not Chaos.

Matt Beakas and Ron Kay from Enlightened Leadership presented on Modern Leadership Practices for Volunteer Success.

David Bullard presented on The Passion of Training: The Moral Imperative.

David Green presented on Resuscitating the Volunteer Fire Service.

A networking reception was held on the first night thanks to our sponsors.

Ali Rothrock shared her story in the keynote address and then talked about how to create a mentally healthy workplace.

Attendees participated in discussion at the closing session.