2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

30th Annual ARFF Working Group Educational Conference & Training Symposium

DATE:  September 8-11, 2019

LOCATION:  Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

HOTEL:  Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

ROOM RATE:  $159 Single/Double + applicable taxes.  To make reservations go to this LINK

Member Attendee Rate:  $675.00                      Non-Member Attendee Rate:  $740.00

Member Exhibitor Rate 10×10:  $1,350

Time until conference starts

September 8, 2019
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September 11, 2019
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - 187 Monore Avenue NW - Grand Rapids, MI

Description

Notice of the annual meeting of the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group, Inc. is hereby given.  The meeting will be held at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, September 9, 2019 11:00 A.M. local time.  The meeting is called for the purpose of receiving annual reports of the Officers and Directors, and to transact such business which comes before the ARFFWG.

The ARFF Working Group Annual Educational Conference and Training Symposium is the premier event for the aviation firefighting industry.  We expect more than 60+ companies to exhibit at this  year’s program.  This is the perfect opportunity to visit and shop for products and services that deal specifically with the aviation fire safety and protection industry.


AS AN EXHIBITOR

Our program provides aviation fire safety manufacturers/suppliers unmatched international exposure for their products to the largest gathering of ARFF professionals in one location.

Our members are well versed on the products and services they want to see in the exhibit area. For some of our members, this is the one chance each year to see the products and services that are available to the aviation firefighting community.

This is the premier event for the aviation firefighting industry.  The 4-day program will be packed with seminars and the opportunity to network with airport firefighters and industry experts from around the world.  Please review the Exhihibitor Prospectus for more detailed information.  Register at this LINK

Additional information including the Exhibitor Kit will be available very soon.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm the ARFF Working Group will hold a Vendor Showcase allowing exhibitors to discuss/ demonstrate/inform on your products/services to all attendees in a general session format.   Space for this program will be limited, so please register as soon as you can. We will have room for approximately 12 exhibitors.  You must be registered as an exhibitor to participate.  Register at this LINK.

Exhibitor services will be supplied by Art Craft Display.  They have offered a deeply discounted package of one (1) 6′ covered/draped table, two (2) chairs and waste basket for $41.  An 8′ table is also available for $45.  These packages can only be ordered at this LINK. Page down to the registration block “EXHIBITORS – Order Furniture Here”.  The room is completely carpeted.

All other services including additional furniture, electrical, shipping/receiving instructions are available at this LINK  select “Exhibitor Kit” and use the Exhibitor Code 308492. A PDF version of the Exhibitor Kit is available at this LINK


BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS

Nominations will be received for Directors from ODD Numbered Sections outlined in the current ARFFWG Bylaws until  June 9, 2019.  Directors of the ARFFWG carry out the management functions of the ARFFWG.  From these Directors five (5) Officers are chosen who are delegated to run the day to day administration.  The Director positions are an excellent opportunity to become directly involved in ARFFWG operations. NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Follow this LINK for information on current nominees.   


AWARD NOMINATIONS

The ARFF Working Group’s Annual Awards Program was developed to recognize superior achievement in the advancement of aviation fire protection, prevention, operations, equipment, training, management, and media participation.  These awards will reflect the consensus of a peer group committee formed from within the membership of the ARFF Working Group, in conjunction with the Board of Directors.  The recipients of such awards do not need to be members of the ARFF Working Group.  Deadline for Award Nominations is July 9th.

For additional information and to nominate an individual or group, follow this LINK.


AMWAY GRAND PLAZA HOTEL – GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Discover historic charm and modern comforts at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton. Nestled downtown by the Grand River for nearly a century, the hotel boasts original iron and woodwork, English Adams architecture, and a 29-story glass tower.

Guest rooms feature complimentary WiFi, a 42-inch HDTV and laptop-sized safe.

The hotel is home to The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck – one of only two locations in the world. Visit Cygnus27 for South American cuisine and skyline views, and savor hand-selected steaks and homemade desserts at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Unwind in the GP Sports pub, and order room service anytime.

The Amway Grand Plaza is perfectly situated for exploring downtown. The Grand River is just behind this historic hotel, a great spot for salmon fishing. Take the skywalk to DeVos Place Convention Center for a

conference, or to Van Andel Arena for concerts and Griffins hockey games.

Visit the Gerald R. Ford Museum to learn about the 38th US President, raised in Grand Rapids. The Children’s Museum has hands-on exhibits and Open Paint events, and the Public Museum, a former flour mill, holds a planetarium and 1920s carousel. Explore the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Seasonal events downtown include ice skating, LaughFest, a summer concert series and ArtPrize, one of the largest art competitions in the world.  Foodies will enjoy a wealth of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Heading out for the night? A dueling-piano bar, live jazz club, and arcade lounge are all nearby. Grand Rapids is well known for its craft breweries, and the hotel is walkable to several downtown. The city even offers craft beer tours.

RESERVATIONS

The room rate is $159 Single/Quad.  Reservations can be made by following this LINK. You may also make reservations by calling either (800)253-3590 or (616)776-6450.   The room block is limited so please make your reservations early.

THE ROOM BLOCKS ENDS ON AUGUST 16, 2019


COMMEMORITIVE CONFERENCE T-SHIRT

A commemorative T-SHIRT has been designed for our 30th Annual Conference. You can order this one-of-a-kind t-shirt whether you attend the conference or not.  Just pay the U.S. postal shipping fee.  To order follow this LINK and page down to the last registration block on the page.  Orders must be placed no later than 8/21/2019.

Agenda

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday, September 8, 2019

1100 – 1700          Exhibitor Set-Up

1400 – 1900         Attendee Registration – Registration Area Outside Ballroom A&B

1530 – 1700         Exhibitor Round Table — By Invitation

1800 – 2000        “Welcome Reception” – Information Exchange Program”

Monday, September 9, 2019

0800 – 0900         Breakfast w/Exhibitors

0900 – 0930         Opening Ceremonies

0930 – 1030         Keynote Speaker – Dennis Compton –  Follow this LINK for additional information.

1030- 1100           Coffee/Tea Break w/Exhibitors

1100 – 1200          Business Meeting

1200 – 1300          Awards Luncheon

1300 –  1330         Visit with Exhibitors

1330 – 1430         “ARFF Vehicle Manufacturers Panel Discussion

1430 – 1515          “Reckless Response Raises Risk”

1515 – 1545          Coffee/Tea Break w/Exhibitors

1545 – 1630          “Are You REALLY Ready for Your Next Emergency

1800 – 2100         “Oshkosh Customer Appreciation Reception

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

0800 – 0900        Breakfast w/Exhibitors

0900 – 1000         “Human Trafficking

1000 – 1030          Coffee/Tea Break w/Exhibitors

1030 – 1115           “ARFF Training and the FAA

1115 – 1200           “Developing a Disaster Drill from Start to Finish

1200 – 1300          Lunch w/Exhibitors

1300 – 1430          Vendor Showcase

1430 – 1630          Networking Breakouts

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

0800 – 0900         Breakfast w/Exhibitors

0900 – 1000         “Airport Terrorism Response

1000 – 1030          Coffee/Tea Break w/Exhibitors

1030 – 1115            “Potential Impacts of PFAS at Airports

1115 – 1200          “Never Too Proud to Take a Helping Hand

12:00 -1300         Lunch w/Exhibitors

1300 – 1345         “FAA Headquarters Update

1345 – 1430         “NTSB Update

1430 – 1500          Coffee/Tea Break

1500 – 1545          “Aircraft Incident Report

1545 – 1630          Educational Session

1630 – 1645         Closing Remarks

1830 – 2130          Final “Networking Breakout”

ALL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN BALLROOM C&D OF DEVOS PLACE CONVENTION CENTER

ALL EXHIBITS WILL BE LOCATED IN BALLROOM A&B OF DEVOS PLACE CONVENTION CENTER

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