NVFC Training Summit

2019 NVFC Training Summit | Portland, Oregon

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Training Summit! Attendees can download presentation materials and submit their evaluation through the event app until July 1, 2019. 


WHEN: 8:30am Friday, June 14, through 4:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2019

WHERE: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Portland1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232

PURPOSE: This event will provide an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, network, and participate in valuable classroom training. Attendees will be able to select six out of 12 breakout sessions to attend, with sessions addressing key topics in first responder health and safety.

NETWORKING SOCIAL: The NVFC Training Summit features an evening networking social on Friday, June 14 – a chance to relax and connect with your colleagues. The social includes refreshments and a mini-expo. Sponsorships available – please see below!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The conference is open to all volunteer firefighters, EMTs, department leadership, and other fire department personnel from across the United States. Attendance is limited.

COST: The registration fee for the Summit is $99 per person. This fee covers two days of training and most meals and refreshments throughout the weekend.

AGENDA: View the full agenda here. View the meeting space floorplan here.

REGISTER: Click here to register now.

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We are happy to announce that the 2019 NVFC Training Summit has been approved for CEUs through Columbia Southern University (CSU).

If you are interested in receiving a CEU certificate, please make sure that you complete the sign-in sheet for each eligible course. At the conclusion of the conference an email will be sent to you from Columbia Southern University with further instructions on how to request your certificate and payment.

To request your CEU certificate please visit the CSU website. Once your request has been received and processed, a CSU Continuing Education representative will send your CEU certificate by email. * Please note there is a $20.00 convenience fee associated with the service.

If you have any questions, please contact Columbia Southern University’s Department of Continuing Education at ContinuingEd@ColumbiSouthern.edu.

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The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232). The room block is now closed.

To book a room, click here or call 503-281-6111. Other nearby options include:

Portland, OR, is located on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers on the border between Oregon and Washington, providing easy access to both urban and outdoor activities. The NVFC Training Summit will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Portland, which is on the light rail line providing quick transport from the airport and downtown. The Doubletree is also within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and other attractions at the Lloyd Center.

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The application period for travel stipends is now closed.

To help more first responders attend the Summit, a travel stipend is available for select attendees. The stipend will reimburse up to $600.00 per person for any combination of the following expenses: conference hotel room nights, ground and air transportation expenses, and the event registration fee. Please note, any expenses beyond the $600 stipend are the responsibility of the attendee.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis per the following schedule:

  • Received by February 1 – Notified by February 20
  • Received by March 1 – Notified by March 20
  • Received by April 1 – Notified by April 20

Each individual requesting a stipend must apply individually. A maximum of two people per department can receive a stipend. To be considered eligible, you or your department must be a current member of the NVFC. Membership options and benefits can be found at www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a department leader. To ensure more first responders are able to attend, previous attendees who received stipends/scholarships for – and attended – any two of the past Summits will not be considered until the final review period (pending availability).

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The call for presentations is now closed. Thank you to all who applied! 

The Training Summit provides an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, network, and participate in training regarding first responder health and safety issues, including staffing and fire prevention topics. Each session will be two hours in length. Presentation subject matter will relate to key topics pertaining to first responder health and safety. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Specific physical health issues, such as cancer or heart disease
  • Behavioral health (including suicide, addiction, and PTSD)
  • On-the-job safety (such as traffic incident management)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Functional fitness
  • Fire service family support
  • Leadership development
  • Volunteer staffing, recruitment, and retention
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Fire prevention

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Current sponsors: click here for travel, shipping, and other attendance information.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for an evening reception, technology, and more! Click here for details. To learn more, please contact Meg Goldberg, NVFC Engagement Manager, at meg@nvfc.org or 202-887-5700 x117. Sponsoring the NVFC Training Summit provides a unique opportunity to be in front of, and to highlight your brand and what you do to firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel from across the United States. It shows your commitment and support to the industry and NVFC.


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Contact Rachel Buczynski, Conference Planner, at Rachel@nvfc.org or 202-887-5700. Read about previous Training Summits:

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