Have you registered for the 48th Annual Conference Yet?
We're now just three weeks' away - don't delay, Register and Make Your Reservations Today!
Don't miss the best networking opportunity with fellow chiefs anywhere in the state this year! The Conference starts in just three weeks - there's still time to register and make your lodging reservation, we've included all of the information below - don't delay, Register Today!
48th Annual Conference & Vendor Show April 20-23, Coeur d'Alene
Join us April 20-23 in beautiful Coeur d'Alenefor our Annual Conference including the IFCA Annual Business Meeting, two days of exception professional development program sessions, and of course our Vendor Tradeshow. The Conference will be held at the Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn. Our room block is Run of House - $89/night plus taxes.
Reservations are available for 4/19 - 4/23, 2017. Nightly room rate includes Free hot breakfast buffet, Free parking, Free use of swimming pool and fitness center, Free wifi in all rooms, and free newspapers. All conference events will be headquartered at this property.
Deadline for reservations has been extended! The deadline is now March 31, 2017. First-nights room and tax will be collected as a deposit.
Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn Room reservations: Call 1.800.251-7829 Ext. 0.
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This is Why We're Here!
The Conference kicks off Thursday morning April 20 with the popular Chiefs Roundtable at 8:30. This is your best opportunity all year to network with your fellow chief officers in a "no holds barred" exchange and an opportunity to get feedback and learn best practices from your peers across the state.
Follow up this amazing session with a trip to the famous Floating Green! This year's Mike Sheets Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the beautiful Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course. Transportation will leave the Coeur d'Alene Inn at 12:30. REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON and pre-registration is required. You will be asked to include the name of your team on your registration form; if you don't have a team just put "single" in that spot, teams will be formed prior to the event. For questions, email Tom Greif at firstname.lastname@example.org REGISTER ONLINEhttp://ichiefsgolf2017.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138888931
A trip to Coeur d'Alene is never complete without a Lake Cruise! Join us for an Evening on the Lake sponsored by Boise Mobile Equipment, the North Idaho Fire Chiefs Association, and the Coeur d'Alene Resort! You will enjoy great food and beverages aboard The Coeur d'Alene, one of the Resort's beautiful charter boats. Bus transportation will leave the Coeur d'Alene Inn at 5:45 p.m., boarding will begin at 6:00 and we'll set sail at 6:30 for a two-hour sunset cruise! Bring a jacket so you can enjoy the beautiful view from on top, and don't forget your camera!
Annual Installation Reception and Banquet Sponsored by Unifire - The highlight of each conference is the annual Installation Banquet. This year it will be held at the gorgeous Hagadone Event Center overlooking the world-famous floating green! Bus transportation will depart from the Coeur d'Alene Inn at 6:15 p.m. Once again this year Class A Uniform Photos will be taken.
Spouse Program- Members are encouraged to bring their Better Half to enjoy the social events of the Conference! Spouse/Guest Registration is available for $165 and includes the Lake Cruise, Friday lunch and Vendor Dinner Reception, Saturday lunch, Installation Reception and Banquet.
Paint & Sip Event - we have set up a special event on Friday, April 21 from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Enjoy a fun afternoon at Coeur d'Alene's local Paint & Sip Art Studio! You'll paint a gorgeous masterpiece while you sip tasty beverages. Pre-registration is available online at https://squareup.com/store/idaho-fire-chiefs-association Shuttle transportation will be available from the Coeur d'Alene Inn, and for those staying at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Pinot's Palette is within walking distance, or the shuttle can take you from there as well.
The Coeur d'Alene Resort Spa - Take some time Saturday to pamper yourself in the Northwest's premier Spa at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. The Coeur d'Alene Resort creates one-of-a-kind encounters drawn from the very essence of nature. For four consecutive years, The Coeur d'Alene Resort Spa has been ranked one of the top resort spas in America, according to Conde' Nast Traveler's Gold List, and MSNBC.com name it one of the "World's Most Romantic Spas".
This is What We're Here For
We are pleased to welcome International Association of Fire Chiefs President John Sinclair to the Conference. Chief Sinclair will bring us up to speed on all of the issues affecting fire service nationwide. North Idaho Fire Chiefs representatives led by Conference Chair Chief Pat Riley and Department Host Chief Kenny Gabriel will welcome you to Coeur d'Alene. Agency reports will take place Friday morning in breakout session style, then we will enjoy the opening of the tradeshow with lunch and afternoon networking with the vendors and IFCA Division breakout meetings.
Our opening keynote presentation on Friday afternoon will be Dr. David Griffin, On A Mission, LLC.
David Griffin, 36, was the driver of the first engine to respond to the disastrous 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow firefighters. Plagued with survivorâ€™s guilt, he numbed himself with alcohol, painkillers, and blood sports so much so that it nearly cost him his life. A turning point came in the days following a match with nationally ranked mixed-martial arts contender Houston â€œThe Assassinâ€ Alexander. For three days, he sat in darkness, his eyes swelled shut from the battering to his face. He asked himself how his lifestyle honored the nine who were dead.
â€œOne can only sit around for so long and feel sorry for themselves until they have to get up and do something,â€ Griffin said. Now, Griffin has completed a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development, training organizations across the globe on the importance of moving away from "the way we've always done it" mentality. He speaks about the Sofa Super Store fire and has helped with massive reforms in how firefighters are trained as well as how executives lead their teams. Griffin has dedicated his life to spreading the message of change to all types of organizations including for-profit, non-profit, and public service.
Our program continues Friday with the opening Vendor Reception Sponsored by Three Crossed Bugles Sponsor Hughes Fire Equipment. Enjoy food, drinks and lots of fun and giveaways as you network with all of our important industry partners.
Saturday offers more opportunities to network with our vendors and then we have our Annual Business Meeting, including New Member Introductions & Pinning Ceremony.
This year's agenda is more robust and full of professional development opportunities than ever before! A team of volunteers has created an extensive program featuring two tracks - Industry Leadership Updates & Training, and Fire Chief 101. It will be difficult to select which sessions to attend, we know, but all presentations will be shared with members online after the event so you won't miss a thing. A complete Conference Program is detailed online, most speakers are confirmed but the program is still subject to change. Watch for program descriptions soon!
IFCA Thanks Our Sponsors For Their Generous Support!
"Whether a Fire Fight or Fighting Fire, We've Got You Covered"
We would like to thank our Premier 5 Crossed Bugles Sponsor Unifire for their very generous support of Idaho Fire Chiefs Association, and their sponsorship of the Annual Installation Reception and Banquet! Mike Lyons and the crew will be on hand in Coeur d'Alene for the Chief's 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow to share the exciting new products they have to offer! Visit their website at www.unifireusa.comand join us in thanking Unifire for this commitment to their Idaho Fire Chiefs' partnership!
Unifire is a world leader in the support of our nationâ€™s first responders. With a long history of manufacturing the best rescue equipment available, Unifire has earned a reputation for solving some of the most difficult problems when it comes to rescue and special operations, equipment needs and supporting the war fighter on mission critical scenarios. While earning some of the governmentâ€™s highest ratings for performance on many contracts, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. By listening closely to customer needs and concerns, Unifire conistently provides top performing products and training to ensure mission success
We would like to thank our New Crossed Bugles Sponsor, Hughes Fire Equipment, for their generous contribution to Idaho Fire Chief's Association! Proudly Serving You While You Serve Your Communities!The Hughes Fire Equipment family is dedicated to providing fire departments in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Alaska and Clark County Nevada, with high quality fire apparatus, experienced sales people and maintenance technicians, and the honesty and integrity that our customers deserve. We strive to provide all emergency response teams with well maintained, high quality equipment, as well as a committed team of maintenance and support staff. We work for our customers to ensure they have what they need to serve their communities safely and efficiently.
We would also like to thank our Three Crossed Bugles Sponsor BME Fire for their very generous support of Idaho Fire Chiefs Association again this year! "BME has always been known and respected for manufacturing some of the best Wildland apparatus on the market. However, during that same period of time, our passion and dedication to our municipal side of our business was not as prevalent. Since becoming a part of BME, our focus has been to merge the best BME traditions with new ideas and innovations, to create something very special. This combination of old and new, innovative ideas, and focused direction, makes us better at what we do. We are excited for the future and we are excited to build apparatus that, not only meet, but exceed your expectations."Visit their website and join us in thanking BME Fire for their continuing commitment to the Idaho Fire Chiefs!
Are You Interested in Becoming a Sponsoring Vendor?
IFCA has many opportunities available for tradeshow vendors and sponsorship packages! This is a great opportunity to showcase your organization to this influential group of Chiefs from across the state! Package details and pricing are available here 2017 Corporate & Vendor Program or contact Patty Morgan to secure your place! Sponsorship packages provide promotional benefits to you throughout the year - not just during the Conference. Don't miss out!
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