NVFC Training Summit

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UPDATE March 1, 2021

Due to ongoing travel restrictions and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the NVFC will host a Virtual Training Summit on Friday, May 21, and host the next in-person Training Summit in 2022. Please stay tuned for details and registration for the virtual conference.

2021 NVFC Training Summit


WHEN: Friday, May 21, through Saturday, May 22, 2021

WHERE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Lake Buena Vista Resort, 8100 Lake St, Orlando, FL 32836

PURPOSE: This event will provide an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, network, and participate in valuable classroom training. Attendees will participate in keynote sessions as well as have their choice of 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, May 21 – a chance to relax and connect with your colleagues. The social includes refreshments and a mini-expo. Sponsorships will be available soon!

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.

AGENDA: Agenda overview coming soon. Full course descriptions and instructor biographies will be available on the registration form.

REGISTER: Registration includes two days of classroom-based training and most meals for $99. Stipends are available.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations can be made up to the start of the NVFC Training Summit with refunds processed based on the date the cancellation is received. Transfers are accepted.

  • Up to March 30 – Full refund (less payment processing fee)
  • April 1 – 30 – Refund minus a $30 administration fee
  • After May 1 – No refunds available

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Stay tuned for information on CEUs.

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The 2021 Training Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lake Buena Vista Resort, an all-suite hotel featuring family-friendly amenities such as a splash park, evening dive-in movies, a putting green, and more. Guests can also enjoy free cooked-to-order breakfast, a nightly reception, free WiFi, and a Disney theme park shuttle.

Orlando, FL, is home to numerous internationally-known theme parks and water parks. In addition, both beaches and the Kennedy Space Center are only an hour away. Orlando is served by the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Find information on transportation to/from the airport here.

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The application period for travel stipends is currently closed.

To help more first responders attend the Summit, a travel stipend is available for select attendees. The stipend provides:

  • Reimbursement of up to two nights hotel at the conference hotel block rate (a value of approximately $350)
  • $400.00 per person for travel and conference expenses, including round-trip airfare, cab/shuttle fare, and/or mileage; and/or the registration fee
  • Please note that attendees will be responsible for any additional expenses (such as additional room nights or transportation above the stated $400 limit).

To apply, provide the requested information in this application form. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Please note, limited stipends are available! Submit early to ensure you have the opportunity to receive one. Review schedule:

  • Received by February 1 – Notifications by February 20
  • Received by March 1 – Notifications by March 25
  • Received by April 1 – Notifications by April 25

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/join. 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 2021 Training Summit call for presentations is now closed.

The NVFC is accepting proposals from qualified instructors and speakers for presentations to educate first responders about critical issues in the fire and emergency services.

The 2020 NVFC Training Summit theme is Train Strong – Lead Strong – Serve Strong. The Training Summit provides an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, network, and participate in training regarding first responder health, safety, training, staffing, leadership, and fire prevention topics. New for 2020, sessions will be offered in two lengths: 1.5 hours and 3 hours.

Examples of relevant presentation topics 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 and fireground safety
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Functional fitness
  • Fire service family support
  • Leadership development
  • Staffing, recruitment, and retention
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Fire prevention

A peer review team will evaluate all presentation proposals. Selections will be made based on quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and the presenter’s experience and credentials. Selected presenters will be notified by November 15.

The NVFC will cover travel expenses and provide a stipend for selected presenters. Teaching teams are welcome to apply, but only one instructor per course can receive travel reimbursement/stipend. Please note, while organizations and companies are welcome to apply to share their subject matter expertise, all courses must be educational in nature.


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Sponsorship opportunities are available for an evening reception, meals, 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.

Thank you to our current sponsors!

University of Wyoming AG Disaster Program (WALARM)

More from our sponsors:

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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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