2018 Annual Conference

2018 Annual Conference

The 29th Annual ARFF Working Group Educational Conference & Training Symposium

Location:  Memphis, TN —  Date:  September 16-19, 2018

Hotel:  Sheraton Downtown Memphis – Room Rate $160 per night plus applicable taxes — To reserve a room go to this LINK


Time until conference starts

September 16, 2018
September 19, 2018
Sheraton Hotel Downtown Memphis - 250 North Main St., Memphis, TN 38103


ARFF…Walking In

It’s time for the ARFF  Working Group yearly Round-Up.  Don’t miss our 29th program and the Southern Hospitality you are sure to experience.  We can’t wait to see you!


The ARFF Working Group Annual Educational Conference and Training Symposium is the premier event for the aviation firefighting industry.Notice of the annual meeting of the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group, Inc. is hereby given.  The meeting will be held at the Memphis Convention Center, 255 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, September 17, 2018 at 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.

We expect more than 50+ 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.


It is important to recognize those that have contributed to the advancement of the aircraft rescue and fire fighting industry.  The ARFF Working Group Awards Program does just that.  This year’s awards will be presented during the Awards Luncheon on Monday, September 17th at the Memphis Convention Center.  If you know of an individual, group, department that have reached above and beyond, please nominate them for one of these awards.  To make your nominations download the Awards Program HERE


The ARFF Working Group Educational Conference & Training Symposium 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 4-day program will be packed with seminars and the opportunity to network with airport firefighters and industry experts from around the world.

Download the Exhibitor Prospectus

The ARFF Working Group will be utilizing the Memphis Convention Center for exhibits and meeting space.  The exhibitor services information kit will be available in the near future.  Please check back for updates.


The right combination of advertising, sponsorship and pre and post show marketing opportunities help you balance your decision to exhibit and sponsor this event.  Extend your message beyond the borders of your booth and be recognized as a major sponsor.

The ARFF Working Group appreciates the support we receive from our exhibitors and partners in the aviation fire protection industry.  Your participation as a sponsor helps offset some of the major expenses for conducting a quality conference.  Let us help you develop a sponsorship package with specific needs of your company and make the aviation firefighting community aware of your company.  This LINK will give you additional details of our Sponsorship Program.  On-Line sponsorship available (got to bottom of page).

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:    https://www.shuttlefare.com/memphis_airport_shuttle_mem

Coupon Code =ARFF18
(enter code on bottom right of checkout page before submitting payment)

Once you complete your reservation an email confirmation will be sent to you and this will be your travel voucher for your airport transportation.  It will also include instructions on where to meet your shuttle when you arrive at the airport as well as any important phone numbers for the day of travel.     

SHUTTLEFARE CUSTOMER SERVICE:  For reservation changes or questions contact customer service:

Phone: 800-851-4528, Email: customerservice@shuttlefare.com

Monday – Friday 8am ­- 8pm EST, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 8pm EST

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.

Book your airport parking now! www.parkingaccess.com or 800-851-5863.
5% Discount Code at checkout: “ARFF18


Below is a tentative agenda, we want to let you know that there is a significant change in this year’s program for both attendees and exhibitors.  The final day is a full day for attendees and exhibitors will tear down after lunch.         This is a tentative schedule of events and subject to change without notice.

Sunday – September 16, 2018

10:00 am to 5:00 pmExhibitor Move-In
10:00 am to 7:00 pmExhibitor Registration
2:00 pm to 7:00 pmAttendee Registration
3:30 pm to 5:00 pmVendor Roundtable (By Invitation)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pmWelcome Reception & Information Exchange Program


Monday, September 17, 2018

8:00 am to 9:00 amBreakfast w/Exhibitors
9:00 am to 9:30 amOpening Ceremonies
9:30 am to 10:30 amKeynote Speaker
10:30 am to 11:00 amCoffee Break – Sponsored by Global ARFF Services
11:00 am to 12:00 pmBusiness Meeting
12:00 pm to 1:00 pmAwards Luncheon
1:00 pm to 1:30 pmVisit w/Exhibitors
1:30 pm to 2:15 pmActive Shooter Presentation – Robert Palestrant – District Chief – Broward Sheriff’s Office
2:15 pm to 3:00 pmDecision Making On A Burning Platform – Lars Andersen
3:00 pm to 3:30 pmCoffee Break w/Exhibitors – Sponsored by Beyer Airfield Services
3:30 pm to 4:15 pmFAA Headquarters Update – Marc Tonnacliff – ARFF Specialist – Federal Aviation Administration


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

8:00 am to 9:00 amBreakfast w/Exhibitors – Sponsored by Forum Communications
9:00 am to 9:45 amGround Game – Using FAA/NFPA to Address Staffing – Randy Krause – Fire Chief – Port of Seattle F.D.
9:45 am to 10:15 amNTSB Task Force Report
10:15 am to 10:45 amCoffee Break w/Exhibitors
10:45 am to 11:15 amNTSB Task Force Report
11:15 am to 12:00 pmDecon for 1st Responders/Patients Regarding Carbon/Composite Fibers
12:00 pm to 12:45 pmNFPA Report – Jeremy Souza – NFPA
12:45 pm to 1:45 pmBoxed Lunch w/Exhibitors
1:45 pm to 4:30 pmNetworking Breakouts Sections & Indexes


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

8:00 am to 9:00 amBreakfast w/Exhibitors – Sponsored by Forum Communications
9:00 am to 9:45 amFedEx Cargo Presentations
9:45 am to 10:30 amFedEx Cargo Presentations
10:30 am to 11:00 amCoffee Break w/Exhibitors
11:00 am to 11:30 amNTSB Task Force Report
11:30 am to 12:15 pmMutual Aid:  How Well Do You Know Your Partners? – Russell Shoultz
12:15 pm to 1:30 pmLunch w/Exhibitors
1:30 pm to 4:00 pmExhibitor Teardown
1:30 pm to 2:00 pmNTSB Task Force Report
2:00 pm to 2:45 pmAircraft Firefighting Hazards, Pre-Planning and Training for Integrated Mutual Aid Response – Jacob McAfee
2:45 pm to 3:15 pmCoffee Break
3:15 pm to 4:00 pmConfined Space Drill @ ATL w/Southwest Airlines & Delta Airlines – John Keith Wilson – Embry Riddle – Eric Kave – Atlanta Fire Rescue – Rene Herron
4:00 pm to 4:45 pmEducational Session
4:45 pmClosing Ceremonies
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm“Final Networking Breakout” – Tin Roof