This volunteer fire chiefs conference offers unbeatable networking! Share best practices and brainstorm new solutions with other like-minded colleagues. The Symposium will help you connect specifically with other leaders of volunteer and combination departments from around the country.

2019 Networking Opportunities

Networking Reception
Thursday, November 14, 5:30 - 7 PM

Join your peers for food and networking on the beautiful sands of the Hilton Flamingo Deck, weather permitting. Share stories and learn from other attendees from around the country in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Partner Event: Yoga on the Beach
Friday, November 15, 8:15 AM

Meet with other partners traveling with attendees during a morning Sun Salutation. Your instructor will meet you on the back deck and lead the group in morning stretches and yoga poses. Participants need to bring a beach towel or sheet with them to this session.

Pierce Manufacturing Plant Tour
Friday, November 15, 1 – 5 pm

Spend time with fellow attendees as you tour Pierce’s Manufacturing Plant in Bradenton, FL.  Depart the Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa at 1:00 pm.  Attendees will be transported via motor coach and a boxed lunch will be provided.  There is no additional fee for this event but advanced registration required.  Please sign up each person separately.
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NFFF Stair Climb and 5K
Saturday, November 16, 6:00 AM check in, Opening Ceremony at 6:30 am. Event begins at 6:45 AM

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K is not a timed event, but a way for firefighters and the community to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live. 
Separate Registration Required
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Lunch on the Beach
Saturday, November 16, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
*Outdoor space -weather permitting

Roundtable Networking Event
Saturday, November 16, 8 - 9:30 pm
Specialized networking just for you!  This is your chance to connect with leaders of volunteer and combination departments to ask questions and share solutions.  Attend this event to expand your network of peers.

Exhibit Hall Schedule

  • Thursday, November 14, 7 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday, November 15, 7 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 16, 7 AM - 2 PM