2018 ARFF Leadership Conference

2018 ARFF Leadership Conference

The 12th Annual ARFF Training Alliance ARFF Leadership Conference

Location:  Orlando, Florida —  Date:  February 26 – March 1, 2018

Hotel:  Rosen Plaza Hotel  SOLD OUT

HOST HOTEL ROSEN PLAZA IS OFFICIALLY SOLD-OUT.  Some of you may have been set up on a waiting list.  We do have an overflow at this time.  The ROSEN INN POINTE ORLANDO is taking reservations.  To reserve a room, call 1-800-627-8258 and mention the ARFF rate which is $99. You may also make reservations via this LINK. This rate is only good at the Rosen Point Orlando.

Time until conference starts

February 26, 2018
March 1, 2018
Rosen Plaza Hotel - 9700 International Dr. - Orlando, FL 32819


The ARFF Training Alliance, a joint cooperative between the ARFF Working Group and the American Association of Airport Executives will once again be presenting the ARFF Leadership Conference.

Being an ARFF Chief Officer quite often requires you to wear multiple hats.  In an effort to assist you or prepare you in conducting day-to-day operations, you must be well versed in management/union relations. FAA inspection process, FD/Airport management relations, along with a variety of profession challenges long before you respond out the door for an ALERT 3.  Oh, and let us not forget the tactics and strategies that encompass our profession, we need to know the how, when and where while developing a game plan on what to do about it.

The ARFF Training Alliance ARFF Leadership Conference will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, February 26 through March 1, 2018 in Orlando, FL.  As in the past we look to provide topic areas of interest for Shift ARFF Officers, ARFF Commanders, Deputy Chiefs and Fire Chiefs.  If you are interested in presenting at this years’ school, please complete a “Call for Papers”.

Airport Parking Reservations Nationwide

Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group has negotiated a special rate with parkingaccess.com, a national provider of airport parking reservations, for airport parking at your departure airport.  Enjoy a 5 percent discount when you book your airport parking reservation using the code “ARFF18” at checkout*

To receive your 5 percent discount, go to https://www.parkingaccess.com and enter “ARFF18” into the “Group/Discount Code” at checkout and follow the instructions on the screen to complete your reservation. The discount is valid in any U.S. airports served by parkingaccess.com.

Parkingaccess.com offers high quality, low cost airport parking operators with the convenience of reserving and pre-paying ahead of time guaranteeing you a perfect spot.  Additionally, you can easily expense your parking with either your Concur or Tripit account, or simply by printing out a receipt.

Ground Transportation: Airport Shuttle including SuperShuttle & more.

ShuttleFare.com is offering a $5 discount off airport shuttle transportation to and from Airport and your Hotel.

To Book Reservation Click Airport Link:  Shuttlefare.com
Coupon Code =ARFF18



The ARFF Training Alliance appreciates the support we receive from our EXHIBITORS and PARTNERS in the aviation fire protection industry.  Each year we seek sponsorship to assist and defray costs in order to conduct a quality educational program.

This year’s Conference provides another opportunity for you as exhibitors and/or sponsors to build relationships and new partnerships with other firms in the industry along with Fire Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Operations Personnel and others from airports around the world during this 3-day event.  A downloadable Exhibitor Brochure is available HERE

For further information on sponsoring this event follow this LINK



Each exhibitor will receive the following:

  • Allotted space per registration form for display
  • Complimentary registrations per outlined exhibit space
  • Recognition in the On-Site Conference Program
  • All food functions
  • Recognition throughout the event either verbally or signage.



  • Please review this LINK for shipping/receiving instructions.


  • Booths may be set-up at the Rosen Plaza Hotel starting at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, 2/26/18
  • You may also register at that time.
  • A 6’ table and 2 chairs are included with your registration
  • A Conference Committee Member will be on hand to direct you to your booth and answer any questions you may have. Set-up should be completed by 5:00 P.M.
  • Booths must be torn down by 2:00 P.M. on Thursday 3/1/2018


  • Please make sure you have the appropriate extension cords and power strips. Renting these items through the hotel can be costly.
  • The electrical form is ATTACHED. Please make sure you complete this form and send it to the hotel if you require electrical service


  • Please secure any valuable items you may have in your booth. The ARFF Working Group nor the hotel cannot be responsible for the safekeeping of equipment (i.e. laptop/notebook computers, etc.) supplies, written material or any other valuable items left in function rooms by the Exhibitor.


Below is a “DRAFT” Agenda

Monday, February 26, 2018

  • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm              Registration Open
  • 6:00 pm. – 8:00 pm            “Welcome Reception” & Informationa Exchnage Program – Exhibits Open

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

  • 7:15 am – 3:00 pm               Registration Open
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 pm              Breakfast w/Exhibitors
  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am             Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am           “Building and Maintaining Trust For Leaders” – Marc Kilman-Burnham – National Director, AMR
  • 10:30 am- 11:00 am           Coffee Break w/Exhibitors
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm          “Bringing in the Assets – Professional Development” – Chief Tonya Hoover, Superintendent, National Fire Academy
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm            Lunch w/Exhibitors
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm               “Current Response Threat from Extremists” – Simon Petts, Deputy Airport Fire Manager, Gatwick Airport
  • 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm              “Introducing an ARFF Professional Development Framework and Manual” – Jason Graber, Battalion Chief – Metro. Washington Airports Auth.
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm             Coffee Break w/Exhibitors
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm              “NTSB Task Force Report” – Duane Kann
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm          You’re Invited to an Event with Food, Drink and Fun Sponsored by E-One, Inc. Check out this LINK

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  • 7L30 am – 12:00 pm           Registration Open
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am              Breakfast w/Exhibitors
  • 8:30 am – 9:15 am               “Changing Minds for Changing Time” – Marc Kilman-Burnham, National Director – AMR
  • 9:15 am – 10:00 am             “AA Flight #1418 – February 2, 2016 – Incident Review” – Mike Evans, Fire Chief – Detroit Metro Airport
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am           Coffee Break w/Exhibitors
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am            “FAA Headquarters Update” –  Marc Tonnacliff, ARFF Specialist – Federal Aviation Administration
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am             “Dedicated National Call Sign”  – Jeff Raines, Deputy Chairman ASAP – Allied Pilots Association
  • 11:30 am – 12:15 pm             “FAA Technical Center Updates” – Keith Bagot, ARFF Research Program Manager – FAA Technical Center
  • 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm              Lunch – On your Own
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm                 “Fire Service Self Assessment and Accreditation – How Do You Know What You Do Not Know?” – Karl Ristow, CFAI Program Director –  Center for Public Safety Excellence.
  • 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm                “Charlotte Douglas Airport – Aircraft Hangar Fire” – Charles Edwin Vanhoy, Captain – Charlotte Fire Dept.
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm                Coffee Break w/Exhibitors
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm                “Training… Taking a Fresh Look” – Len Edling, Lieutenant – Chicago Fire Dept.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am                  Breakfast w/Exhibitors
  • 8:30 am – 9:15 am                  “ Helicopter Safety and Response Hazards in the Fire Service” – Kevin Murphy, Instructor – Chicago Fire Dept.
  • 9:15 am – 10:00 am                 “Development of An ARFF Training Center” – Tim Orthmeyer, ARFF & Public Safety Division – Morrison-Maierle
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am               Coffee Break w/Exhibitors
  • 10:30 am – 11:15 am                 ” Building a Staffing Concept” – Randy Krause, Fire Chief – Port of Seattle
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm                 “When is Training Not the Answer? – Human Performance Initiatives to Increase Organizational Capacity” – Keith Wilson Asst.    Professor/Program Chair and Rene Herron, Associate Professor – Emby Riddle University
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm                “NFPA Updates” – Ken Holland – NFPA
  • 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm                   “Closing Remarks”

For a Printed Version go to this LINK

All Educational Sessions will be held in Ballroom D of the Rosen Plaza Hotel

All Exhibits and Food Functions will be held in Ballroom A&B of the Rosen Plaza Hotel