Safety and Health Conference

The annual Safety and Health Conference is geared towards awareness and sharing information about the hazards and risks inherent in the firefighting profession to collectively strategize on how to change, improve or curb those issues so first responders can live the healthiest and longest lives possible. Topics include but are not limited to: hazards exposure, contamination, mental health, risk of cancer, injury prevention, nutrition, physical fitness and resources available to first responders to address these various concerns.

The educational program is two full days concluding with a half-day featuring topics and speakers from a wide range of backgrounds. For a subject that may at times seem daunting, we strive through positive interaction, support and enthusiasm to emphasize firefighter well-being in the Fire Service.

The vendor opportunity at this event is a 2.5 day vendor showcase of six foot tables in the public meeting space.


Safety and Health Conference 2022
December 5-7, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Hotel Information & Booking$149/night rate ends: Nov. 11, 2022
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Hotel Information & Booking
*Please carefully review and note the terms specific to this hotel*

FFCA Group Rate

A reduced rate of $149.00 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 deadline EXTENDED to November 11, 2022.

  • Check in time is 4:00 PM and check out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Reservations guaranteed with first night’s pre-payment or a credit card
  • Reservations cancelled within (72) hours of arrival will be charged one night and tax, including no-shows
  • No Resort Fee
  • Discounted self-parking: $8.00 inclusive per day/night
  • Room rates shown do not include 13.5% Hotel Tax per night (subject to change)
  • All overnight guests will have a two-room suite to include complimentary evening reception (5:30pm – 7:00pm) and complimentary made-to-order breakfast (Mon-Fri 6:30am-9:30am; Sat-Sun 7:00am-10:30am) in the Citrus Room at leisure
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi in guest suites, public area and meeting space

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Attendee Registration
By Nov. 3 After Nov. 3
$200 $250

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Safety, Health and Wellness Award of Excellence
Nominations period closed: October 19, 2022

This award recognizes an individual, group, department (career or volunteer), or other agency within the state of Florida who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Safety, Health, and Wellness within the fire, rescue, and/or EMS service, or who has made significant and valuable contributions to Safety, Health, and Wellness within their organizations and service as a whole.

The winners must represent themselves by going above and beyond to improve the safety, health, and wellness of their members and organizations. Initiatives may include any or all the following areas of Safety, Health, and wellness:

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Mental Wellness
  • Health and Physical Fitness
  • Safety at Emergency Incidents

The Safety, Health, and Wellness Award of Excellence presentation will take place at the Opening Ceremony of the Safety and Health Conference.

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Schedule (subject to change)
*All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

 Sunday, December 4
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Joint Council Subcommittee Meeting
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM FFSHC Meeting & PPC Meeting

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 Monday, December 5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendor Showcase
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Opening Ceremony
Hosted by Chief John Whalen, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Burnout in the Fire Service: From Stress to Strain
Derrick Edwards, Tennessee Technological University
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Safety in Emergency Lighting
Chris Watkins, Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Lunch Break
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Testosterone + The Current State of Men's Health
Ali Gilbert
1:30 PM - 1:35 PM  Break
1:35 PM - 2:20 PM Overview of Hurricane Ian
Moderator: Frank Babinec, City of Coral Springs-Parkland
2:20 PM - 2:25 PM Break
2:25 PM - 3:25 PM Handling a Firefighter Line of Duty Death
Ian Bennett, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
3:25 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Cancer Prevention and Control in Florida Firefighters: Updates from the Firefighter Cancer Initiative
Natasha Schaefer Solle, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Firefighter Cancer, The Latest Updates
Keith Tyson, Firefighter Cancer Support Network
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Networking Reception

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Tuesday, December 6
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Mindfulness
Tyler Gaddy, Orlando Fire Department
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendor Showcase
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Food on the Stove: Changing the Heart & Health of Firefighters One Meal at a Time
Jonathan Tate, DC Firefighter/Founder of Food on the Stove
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM The Ready Rebound Program
Tim Sharpee, Ready Rebound
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM "One Bad Day" The Proactive Approach of RIT Operations
Lt. Bassel Ibrahim, Orlando Fire Department
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Complimentary Lunch for Conference Attendees
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM A New Approach at Reducing Injuries and Pain
Dr. Lee Burton, Functional Movement Systems
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM PFAS in PPE - Fact Versus Fiction
Chief Vince Cinque, Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue
3:15 PM - 4:00PM Behavioral Health Response to the Champlain Towers Building Collapse
Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., UCF RESTORES
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Break
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Environmental Exposures of Florida Wildland Firefighters
Umer Bakali, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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Wednesday, December 7
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Vendor Showcase
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Mindfulness
Tyler Gaddy, Orlando Fire Department
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Why Things Go Right – Why Things Go Wrong
Gordon Graham, Lexipol
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Break
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM Ethical Decision Making
Gordon Graham, Lexipol
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM Closing Remarks
Chief John Whalen, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department

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