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Thursday November 16, 2017

NCSFA Annual Conference

RALEIGH – Registration is now open for the 124th Annual Conference of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. The conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, August 10-13.

The conference originally started as an annual meeting of association members to conduct NCSFA business. Since 1887 the annual meeting has evolved into a comprehensive regional fire-rescue expo which provides attendees opportunities that include: pre-conference hands on training, workshops on the latest trends and topics, inspirational keynote speakers, state and partnering association/agency meetings, multiple networking opportunities, and 150,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Representatives from the fire-rescue services and vendor industry have worked diligently to create a conference that focuses on the latest trends that impact our profession. No matter the size or make up of a department (volunteer, combination, fully career, one station or multiple stations), attendees will find that this conference will be beneficial to their organization.

The NCSFA has implemented a new online registration system to help departments or individual members register for the conference so visit the South Atlantic Fire-Rescue Expo website to view the conference schedule and register today!

Looking forward to seeing you in Raleigh!

Take care and stay safe,
R. Scott Alderman
President, NCSFA

2011 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo Vendor Registration Now Open

The SOLD OUT 2010 Vendor Floor at the Raleigh Convention Center.

RALEIGH – On-line Vendor registration for the 2011 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo is now available.

The conference will once again be held in Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center in activity-filled Downtown.

The dates for this year’s Conference are August 10-13. The Vendor Hall will be open on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.

The show was a complete sell-out in 2010, so don’t delay in securing your spot.

Click here to proceed directly to on-line Vendor registration.





Click images to enlarge. Photos courtesy IWP Photography.

FDIC – Thursday

Indianapolis, IN – I finally found my way back to the hotel room to rest my tired feet after a long day of walking. My Thursday at FDIC started with the General Session followed by a workshop instructed by Retired FDNY Deputy Chief John Norman. I had the pleasure of running into several North Carolina firefighters from across our state today. After a brief lunch with friends we began our journey around the exhibits, which opened today.

For those of you that have not attended FDIC, I encourage you to make at least one trip up to Indy to experience the enormous vendor show. Spread throughout the Indiana Convention Center, across South Street and into Lucas Oil Stadium, is what I believe to be the largest trade show in the nation. There is no way to take in all the exhibits in one day because of the sheer number of vendors and vast amount of products. At FDIC you can expect to see anything and everything related to the fire service. Many manufacturers utilize FDIC as the show to rollout their new products. Scott Safety rolled out a new RIT-PAK III and Eagle Attack thermal imaging camera (TIC). Both appear to be great products for the fire service. At Hurst we found newly designed power units and their line of eDRAULIC tools. Hurst also had an area set up outside of the convention center where you could try out their tools and see for yourself how they work. Pierce unveiled a new Dash CF Pumper with lots of room in between the driver and officer seats and amazing view out the front windshield. E-One introduced a 137′ ladder truck as well.

Be on the lookout for these and other new fire service products coming to your fire station soon. Until tomm, be safe and take care !

Fire Department Instructors Conference

What I consider one of the best training conferences for the fire services is the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC.) This conference is known for its outstanding Hands On Training (HOT), hundereds of workshops and huge vendor show. Many manufacturers use FDIC as the venue to unveil new products to the fire service. Several N.C. firefighters, including myself, are traveling to Indianapolis this week to attend FDIC. Be on the lookout for my daily reports from FDIC starting Wednesday (March 23). Take care and be safe !