Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2020 NVFC Training Summit

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) will host its sixth Training Summit on June 26-27, 2020, in Orlando, FL. The NVFC is now accepting proposals from qualified instructors and speakers for presentations to educate first responders about critical issues in the fire and emergency services. Submit your proposal by October 20, 2019.

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

Applications must be submitted by October 20, 2019, at 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.

Learn more about the NVFC Training Summit at Read about the 2019 Training Summit – including a course agenda – here. Questions? Contact Rachel Buczynski, conference planner, at or 202-887-5700.