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.


Friday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive Naples, Florida 34103

Hotel Information & Booking
Silent Auction


Hotel Information & Booking
*Please carefully review and note the terms specific to this hotel*

FFCA Group Rate

A reduced rate of $185.00 per night (plus tax) for Run of House accommodations has been negotiated for conference attendees. The group rate is subject to availability, and room types are limited. Group rate ends June 24, 2022.

Garden Villa Suites are accommodations with 700-plus square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, including two patios or balconies, and a large living room, with a full sized sleeper sofa ideal for families, located adjacent to the main tower. A limited number of these room types are available at a reduced rate of $349.00 per night (plus tax). Click here for additional details on this room type.

  • Rates quoted are for single or double occupancy. An additional charge of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will apply for each additional adult. Children under age eighteen (18) stay free in the same room with parents. Maximum occupancy is 4 (four) persons per room, regardless of age. These rates are European plan (no meals included) rates.
  • Run of House rooms will be assigned based on hotel availability at check-in. Check in time is 4pm and check out time is 11am. Guests arriving prior to 4pm are welcome to enjoy resort amenities by checking their luggage with the Bell Desk. Early check-in is based upon availability at time of arrival and cannot be guaranteed in advance.
  • A daily WAIVED resort charge (reduced from of $37.00 plus 12%) tax per room per night will be applied and includes: 1-800/local calls; high speed WIFI in guestroom; two bottles of water in room; bicycle rentals; beach towels and luxury chaise lounges; range balls and use of driving range at Naples Grande Golf Club; 24-hour access to the fitness club; weekly fitness classes; newspaper in the lobby; 10% discount on tennis court fees and weekly resort activities.
  • Self-parking is WAIVED (normally $18.00 per day) and valet parking is REDUCED to $18.00 (normally $28.00) per day (plus 7% sales tax).
  • Event Parking is $10 plus tax daily for attendees not staying overnight.
  • Reservations booked by individual attendees require a credit card at time of booking. The Credit Card will be held on file and NOT charged at time of reservation.
  • Cancellation: Hotel must receive notice of individual reservation cancellation at least (3) days prior to scheduled arrival, otherwise, it will be deemed a late cancellation. In the event of a late cancellation or no-show reservation, one (1) night’s rate plus tax will be charged to the credit card given at time of reservation.
BOOK HOTELReservations by phone: 1-844-489-9663, Group code GFFC22

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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
FEMA G-290 Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) Course (2 Days)
$150 per registrant

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Silent Auction

The Executive Development Conference Silent Auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation. Proceeds from the auction go to support the mission of the foundation, such as the Firefighter/EMT Scholarship for at risk and economically disadvantaged candidates, educational grants for current Fire Service professionals seeking professional development, and to offset the individual costs for the Fire Cadet Section.

Donations in the form of items, collectables, gift cards, event tickets or vacation vouchers are essential to the success of our auction – the greater the incentive, the more funds we are able to raise. One hundred percent of proceeds goes to programs that support and grow the men and women who serve and protect our communities. We would be humbly grateful and appreciative if you are able to contribute to our next campaign. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

View the Donation Request Letter
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Friday, July 16 - Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2021 Conference Program

Click here to view a printable PDF copy of the tentative program. Please note the following cancellations:

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

Friday, July 16, 2021
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM LTRT Workgroup
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Board of Directors Meeting
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM US&R Training Workgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TFL Workshop
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Joint Council Luncheon and Capitol Memorial Committee Meeting (Invitation ONLY)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM FLAHR Section Meeting
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM FSFSI Section Meeting
2:15 PM - 4:15 PM Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Safety & Health Section Meeting
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM FASAR 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
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Florida Fire Training Directors Association (FFTDFA) Business Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Fire Rescue Cadet Section Meeting
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Vendor Showcase
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
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM FFCA Conference Committee Meeting
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 Guest Program: Craft
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Leading with the Current Challenges of the New Normal in Local Government in Florida
Joseph C. Saviak, Ph.D., J.D., M.A., M.S., Management Consulting & Leadership Training
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 Guest Program: White Elephant
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM FEMA G-290 Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) Course - Day 1
(separate registration required)
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
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fire & Emergency Incident Information System Technology Advisor Panel - FFIRS
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Small Department Round Table
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Silent Auction Pick Up
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Firefighters Employment, Standards and Training Council - FFESTC
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Social Event
Sponsored by 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
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM FEMA G-290 Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) Course - Day 2
(separate registration required)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Implementation of UAS technologies in Public Safety Agencies
John Robbins, Ph.D. & Anthony  Galante, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM A New Approach to Brain Healing for the Increased Number of Brain Injuries Among Fire Fighters
Shai Efrati, MD, Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research, Shamir Medical Center, Israel and Sackler School of Medicine and the Sagol School of Neuroscience of Tel Aviv University
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Five Bugle Roundtable
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM FAPIO Section Meeting
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