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2023 ARFF Training Alliance ARFF Leadership Symposium

2023 ARFF Training Alliance ARFF Leadership Symposium


February 26 – March 1, 2023


Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL  32118

For Budgeting Purposes:

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


Attendees:  $695 (prior to February 10th after this Date the price increases to $795)

Exhibitors: 10×10 $950 (prior to February 1st )

Registration  links  are below.  Please check back for updates!

Time until conference starts

February 26, 2023
March 1, 2023
100 Atlantic Avenue - Daytona Beach, FL 32118


You are cordially invited to the 2023 ARFF Training Alliance ARFF Leadership Symposium

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 Symposium.

Being an ARFF Officer quite often requires you to wear multiple hats.  In an effort to assist and prepare you for 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 professional 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.  As in the past we look to provide topic areas of interest for Shaft Officer, ARFF Commanders, Training Officers, Deputy Chiefs and Fire Chiefs.

The ARFF Training Alliance ARFF Leadership Symposium will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort – February 26 – March 1, 2023.  For hotel reservations go to this LINK.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?  Download the Brochure HERE.  Register HERE.



At the edge of the most famous beach in the world, in the center of Ocean Walk Village, Hilton Daytona Beach Resort surrounds you with new discoveries. Casually elegant, oceanside rooms welcome you, along with spacious suites and cabanas that put you right on the beach. Rest assured with our new Hilton CleanStay protocols. Dine on Florida’s freshest coastal cuisine, play a game of volleyball with the family, or let loose at Daytona Lagoon Waterpark. Our warm, friendly staff treats you like family from the moment you arrive. Lounge poolside while sipping your favorite drink, or take a walk on the beach and find balance.

Room rate is $169 Single/Double + Applicable Taxes

Reservations LINK

 The room block cut-off date is February 3, 2023

Please make your room reservations early!  This is a limited room block and rooms will fill-up fast.  Once the block is full, reservations may still be available, but at a much higher rate.




Morning Warm Up – Hosted by Volusia County Beach Safety  – Tuesday, February 28th, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Do you have what it takes to work out like a lifeguard? Well do not worry, you don’t have to! You CAN start your morning off with a light workout led by members of this elite group of beach safety personnel, many triple-certified in water rescue, emergency medical transport and law enforcement.  Discover how this team trains each morning, in preparation for a day managing safety at the World’s Most Famous Beach. Then, join them in a warm-up and 2-mile run/ 1-mile walk on the hard-packed sand.  Participants will receive a Beach Safety goodie bag. This event is free.  We need at least 20 registrations to make this event happen.

Interested in a short or long/sleeve t-shirt with the Beach Safety logo?  All profits from the sale of the shirts go to the Volusia Lifesaving Corps. 



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

Sunday, February 26, 2023

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Vendor Roundtable

6:30 pm  to 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception – Exhibits Open

 Monday, February 27, 2023

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

·         Daytona Beach/Volusia County Welcome


9:30 am to 10:30  am

Keynote    Challenges on Planning for Emergencies:  Research and Practice – Dr. Ray Chang – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

10:30 am to 11:00 am

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Creating the ARFF Train the Trainer Consortium – Derek McCarthy and Tom Wiecerzak – Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


1:30 pm to 2:30  pm

2:30 pm to 2:40 pm

Fluorine-Free Foam (F3) Testing Summary and MILSPEC update-CDR (ret.) John Farley


2:40  pm to 3:40pm

UHP, Changing A Culture – CMSgt Charles Clawson

3:40 pm to 4:10 pm

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

4:10  pm to5:00 pm

How to Start a UAS Program for ARFF Departments – Garrison Canter, FAA

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast w/Exhibitors

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Command an Leadership at ARFF Incidents – Captain Larry Manasco

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

10:30 am to 11:30 am

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Health and Wellness… What are we Missing?

FAA Headquarter Updates – Marc Tonnacliff , ARFF Specialist – Federal Aviation Administration

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch w/Exhibitors

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Top Turret – Jim Nilo – JRN Consulting

2:15 pm to 2:25 pm

2:25 pm to 3:25 pm


ARFF Cleanout of Firefighting Vehicles Using the PerfluorAd Process – David Fleming TRS Group and Randy Krause, Fire Chief – Port of Seattle FD

3:25 pm to 4:00 pm

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Index Breakouts

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast w/Exhibitors

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Innovative Solutions for Mitigating Mass Casualty Incidents – Dr. Joe Ferko – EMS Innovations

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Coffee Break w/Exhibitors

10:30 am to 11:15 am

Lathing – Jim Price, FAA

11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Airport Transition to Fluorine Free Foam – Pat Dixon

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch w/Exhibitors

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Teardown

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Airshow Incident Management
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Coffee Break 

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Onsite Treatment and Discharge of PFAS Impacted Water from AFFF System Transition and Release – Dr. Steve Pepper and Patrick McKeown

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks