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2022 ARFFWG Annual Symposium

2022 ARFFWG Annual Symposium


August 28 – 31, 2022


Omni ChampionsGate Hotel
1500 Masters Boulevard
ChampionsGate, Florida 33896

For Budgeting Purposes:

Hotel Rate:  $169 (Single/Double) + Tax


Attendees:  $695 (prior to August 5th)

Exhibitors: 10×10 $1,595 (prior to August 5th)

Registration  links  are below.  Please check back for updates!

Time until conference starts

August 28, 2022
August 31, 2022
1500 Masters Boulevard, ChamptionsGate, FL 33896
Call For Papers


You are cordially invited to the 32nd Annual ARFF Working Group  International Educational Symposium!

Notice of the annual meeting of the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group, Inc. is hereby given.  The meeting will be held at the Omni ChampionsGate Hotel, 1500 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, FL 33896, August 29th at 1:30 pm 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 Int’l Educational 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 also an “Equipment Year” so many of the major ARFF Truck manufacturers will also display their vehicles.  This is the perfect opportunity to visit and shop for products and services that deal specifically with the aviation fire safety and protection industry.

The four-diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate features 36 holes of championship golf and 15 acres of recreation including a wave pool, a lazy river, kids pool with slides, family pool, all adult pool, 23 private cabanas and a lighted 18-hole miniature golf, and 9-hold lighted par 3, signature Mikara Spa, 24-hour fitness center and nine on-site dining options.

The room rate is $169 single/double per night plus applicable taxes.  To make hotel reservations, go to this LINK.  A negotiated self-parking rate is $16.  Valet parking rate is $26.

For Additional benefits we highly recommend you join the “Select Guest” loyalty program complimentary.  Go to this LINK to join.

Disney currently provides exclusive After 1PM and After 5PM Twilight Tickets and special discounted multi-day tickets to meeting & convention groups that are not available at our Ticket
Windows.  The multi-day tickets include a complimentary bonus visit to an additional Disney experience.

To purchase specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, please call 407-566-5600 or CLICK HERE. Tickets are valid 7 days pre, during, and 7 days post meeting dates. Please note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is 08/24/2022”.

Please note: With the new Disney Theme Park Reservation System and park capacity limitations, it’s important to lock in your visit as soon as possible. A park reservation is required for entry along with the ticket.

Park Reservation Availability:
Park Hours:


Below is a “Draft” agenda.  Dates and times may be changed without notice.


Sunday, August  28, 2022

8:00 am to 10:00 am

Vehicle/Large Equipment Move-In

8:00 am to

Potential Golf Tournament and/or Bass Fishing Tournament

9:00 am

Registration/Merchandise Set-Up

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

All other Exhibitors Set-Up

2:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Registration Open

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Vendor Roundtable – Celebration Room

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception – Exhibits Open

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm


 Monday, August 29, 2022

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast w/Exhibitors

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Opening Ceremonies

Welcome –

·         ARFF Working Group Chairman Jason Schnase

·         Greater Orlando Aviation Auth. – Honor Guard – Pipes – Singer

·         Greater Orlando Aviation Auth – Fire Chief John Williamson

·         Greater Orlando Aviation Auth. – Tom Draper, Chief of Operations

9:30 am to 11:00  am

Keynote   Bird Strike on Utah Jazz Aircraft – Joel Veenstra, Captain and Scott Durland, First Officer – Delta Airlines – Paul Harding, Captain and Jeff Clark, Captain –  Salt Lake City Int’l Airport Fire Dept.   

11:00 am to 11:30 am

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Business Meeting

12:00 pm to 12:15

Sponsor Presentation

12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

Awards Luncheon

1:45 pm to 3:15  pm

Cirrus Presentation

3:15  pm to 3:45pm

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Sponsor Presentation

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 FAA Headquarters Update – Marc Tonnacliff, FAA ARFF Specialist – Federal Aviation Administration and ARFF Research Updates – AFFF Replacement and/or UAS for ARFF Applications Project – Keith Bagot, Program Manager – William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast w/Exhibitors

9:00 am to 10:30 am

Military Aircraft Familiarization

10:30 am to 11:00 am

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

139.321 Fire Department Fuel Inspection – Lani Hill, Deputy Fire Marshal – Portland Airport Fire Rescue

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch w/Exhibitors

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

When Smoke and Fumes Are Not Fire:  Oil and Hydraulic Fumes Onboard Judith T.L. Anderson, Industrial Hygienist – Association of Flight Attendants – CWA, AFL-CIO

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Top 10 Tips and Pitfalls for Report Writing – Matthew Streger, Attorney, JD, MPA, NRP – EMSaegis

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

ALPA Presentation

4:15  pm to 5:00 pm

Section Breakouts

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast w/Exhibitors

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Fuel Farm Emergencies – Strategies & Tactics – Mitch Iles, Sr. Program Manager – DFW Fire Training Research Center

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Fluorine Free Foam Equipment TransitionJuan Espinosa, MGySgt – USMC and ARFFWG Section 14 Director

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Innovative Solutions for Mitigating Mass Casualty IncidentsSteve Listerman, Fire Chief and Daniel Borneman, Deputy Fire Chief – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport Fire Dept.

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch w/Exhibitors

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Teardown

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Air Force Apache Combat Helicopter Crash – Mali, Africa – Maarten van Rossum, Fire Chief – Defense Helicopter Command – Glize-Rijen Air Force Base, NETHERLANDS

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

UAM – Erin Rivera  

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

UAM Panel Discussion – Aaron Johnson

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Final Night Event – Pool Party