Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2024 NVFC Training Summit

Proposals due October 1

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce that it will host its signature annual conference, the NVFC Training Summit, on June 21-22, 2024, in Buffalo, NY. 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 1, 2023.

The NVFC Training Summit provides an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, network, and participate in training regarding key topics in the fire and emergency services. For 2024, breakout sessions will be offered in 3 tracks: Health, Safety, and Training; Recruitment and Retention; and Leadership. Sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Examples of relevant presentation topics include but are not limited to: effective training; fireground/response; physical health; behavioral health; fire and life safety education; working intergenerationally; diversity, equity, and inclusion; mentorship; family engagement; work/life/volunteer balance; recruitment; communication; management; long-term planning; data for the fire service; and finding funding and resources.

The NVFC values the different experience and perspectives of first responders nationwide. Find out more about the call for presentations, including more topic examples and how to write a successful proposal, in the Call for Presentations Guide. Questions? Join the NVFC’s training and education team, Rachel Buczynski and Maggie Mojab, at a drop-in virtual Q&A help desk. There are two opportunities to visit the help desk: Tuesday, September 12 at 2pm ET and Tuesday, September 26 at 2pm ET. No registration required; drop-in at any time during the scheduled hours here.

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2023. 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 3, 2023. Find out more and submit your proposal at

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 2023 Training Summit – including a course agenda – here. View courses from our 2020 and 2021 Virtual Training Summits in the NVFC Virtual Classroom. Questions? Contact Rachel Buczynski, chief of training and education, at or 202-887-5700 x130.

About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at