Executive Development Conference

Our annual summer conference is intended for head of department Fire Chiefs, Chief Officers and any Fire Service professionals who currently hold or wish to pursue a career in leadership. The educational program is structured as all general sessions, bringing together executive and management level discussions as well as topics at the forefront of concern. This program aims to give the participants a broader view of Fire Service issues and their role as leaders to influence the future of their department and the industry as a whole.

Full registration to the conference includes access to various networking events and a guest pass for a spouse/partner. In an industry so close knit and where relationships matter, this event fosters the concept of the "fire family" and encourages participants to connect and share ideas with one another so together, we can make the Fire Service better than we left it.

The vendor opportunity at this event is through sponsorship and a limited vendor showcase of cocktail rounds with only informational material/giveaways permitted to give all vendors equal representation.

EDC 2021
COVID-19 Safety
Program Schedule

Friday, July 16 - Tuesday, July 20, 2021

COVID-19 Safety Precautions & Reassurances

The Florida Fire Chiefs' Association is committed to following CDC Guidance for Large Events and Gatherings to demonstrate our ability to meet safely so we can continue to hold in-person meetings and events. Currently, the below safety measures will be in place during the 2021 Executive Development Conference, subject to change dependent upon any changes per CDC, local, state or federal government guidance/mandate:

  • Temperature checks will be taken each day upon entry to the meeting space. Once cleared, you will receive a colored wristband for the day that indicates you have cleared the temperature check and do not need to be screened for the remainder of that day's program.
  • Meeting room seating will be set with social distancing. We ask that all registrants indicate what sessions and events they plan on attending so we can ensure we have adequate space and can accommodate all participants comfortably.
  • Measures in place by the host resort, the Sheraton Panama City Beach:
    • Marriott requires all associates and guests wear face coverings. Well-fitting masks and face coverings that fit completely over the nose and mouth will be required to enter communal areas and meeting space.
    • Hand sanitation stations throughout the resort.
    • Electrostatic sprayer on all high touch surface areas throughout the day.
    • Increased all cleaning policies at the resort and require all associates to take their temperature prior to coming to work along with not allowing anyone with any other symptoms to come to work. Anyone with symptoms has to then get a COVID-19 test and must get a negative result before returning to work. 
    • This resort has been very fortunate not to have any issues to date.
    • Additionally you may review the Marriott Standard Commitment to Clean which details all aforementioned efforts.
Registration Accommodations

Attendee Registration:

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Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

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  • $169/night negotiated rate ends June 23, 2021
  • Resort fee will appear on reservation confirmations, but will be waived upon final invoice/checkout
Full Registration
Registrant and spouse/partner. Includes Saturday Vendor Reception, Sunday Prayer Breakfast, Sunday Opening Party, Monday Evening Party and Tuesday Installation Banquet.
Before May 31
After May 31
Before May 31
After May 31
$550 $650 $650 $750
Per Day Registration
Saturday, Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday
Member Non-Member
$175 $200
Meetings Only
No Charge
Add-on Options
Partner Program
$35 per participant, per day
Additional Guest Admission for Sunday Prayer Breakfast, Sunday Opening Party or Monday Evening Social
$35 per guest, per event
Additional Guest Admission for Tuesday Night Installation Banquet $100 per guest

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Tentative Conference Program

*Program is subject to change.* Click here to view a printable PDF copy of the tentative program. Please note the following cancellations:

  • CANCELLED - Wildland Fire Committee
  • CANCELLEDCFFCA Luncheon and Meeting
Thu. July 15
Fri. July 16
Sat. July 17
Sun. July 18
Mon. July 19
Tue. July 20

Thursday, July 15, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM FFCA Board of Directors Meeting

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Friday, July 16, 2021
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM LTRT Workgroup
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM US&R Training Workgroup
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM FAPIO Section Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TFL Workshop
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Joint Council Luncheon and Capitol Memorial Committee Meeting (Invitation ONLY)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM FLAHR Section Meeting
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM FASAR Section Meeting
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM FSFSI Section Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Safety & Health Section Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Firefighter Curriculum Workshop
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Directors and Board of Trustees Dinner
Sponsored by United Badges Insurance Services and Lexipol
United Badges Insurance ServicesLexipol

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM SERP – Statewide Emergency Response Plan Meeting
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Silent Auction Sign-Up and Product Sales Opens
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Florida Fire Training Directors Association - FFTDFA
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Fire Rescue Cadet Section Meeting
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Opening Ceremony
Annual Business Meeting
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Fire Rescue Cadet Planning Meeting
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Past Presidents Luncheon (Invitation ONLY)
Sponsored by Bennett Fire Products
Bennett Fire Products
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Executive Fire Officer Section Meeting (EFO)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Legislative Summit
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Five Bugle Cadet Review Board
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM DSRC – Domestic Security Resource Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Vendor Reception
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Vigiles Societas Reception (Invitation ONLY)

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 9:45 PM Prayer Breakfast
Sponsored by Ten-8 Fire Equipment
Ten-8 Fire & Safety, LLC.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Silent Auction Sign-Up and Product Sales
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Memorial Service
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cadet Advisor Training
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Partner Program: Craft
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM General Session: Labor Relations TBA
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Opening Party
Sponsored by REV/RTC
REV Technical Center

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Monday, July 19, 2021
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Silent Auction Sign-Up and Product Sales
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Complimentary Ultrasound Assessment
Sponsored by Life Scan Wellness Centers
Life Scan Wellness Centers
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Developing New Leaders - Overcoming Youth and Inexperience
Bob Norton, CEO/Founder, Tenzinga
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Partner Program: White Elephant
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Transformative Leadership Issues During Turbulent Times
Chief Todd LeDuc, LifeScan Wellness Centers
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, International Public Safety Data Institute
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Silent Auction Reception
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Strategizing Against Stress in the Fire Service
Patricia Kelly & Richard Martin
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Silent Auction Pick Up
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fire & Emergency Incident Information System Technology Advisor Panel - FFIRS
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Firefighters Employment, Standards and Training Council - FFESTC
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Off-Site Social Event
Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific
Fisher Scientific

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM Silent Auction Pick-Up
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Complimentary Ultrasound Assessment
Sponsored by Life Scan Wellness Centers
Life Scan Wellness Centers
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM The Administrative 360 During Challenging Times
Jeff Oathout, Lexipol
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Unmanned Aircraft Systems
John Robbins, Ph.D. & Anthony  Galante, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Session: TBA
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Five Bugle Roundtable
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Installation Reception
6:45 PM - 9:30 PM Installation Dinner & Annual Awards Banquet
Sponsored by Public Consulting Group
Public Consulting Group