Safety and Health Conference

The annual Safety and Health Conference focuses on the health, safety and overall wellness of first responders within the Fire Service addressing hazards exposure, contamination, mental health, risks of cancer, injury prevention, nutrition, physical fitness and creating standards, processes, programs and awareness aimed to mitigate health risks prevalent amongst those in the profession.

This is a three (3) day educational program with 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 condition an emphasis on firefighter well-being in the Fire Service.

The vendor opportunity at this event is a three (3) 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

*Information will be posted as it becomes available. Please refer to the previous event below for reference.*


Online & In-Person
Monday, Dec. 6 - Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021

B Resort and Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

**COVID-19 Protocol: Currently, masks are highly recommended, but not required.**

Hotel Information & Booking
Exhibitors & Sponsorship
Tentative Schedule
Tentative Schedule (PDF)

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

FFCA Group Rate

A reduced rate of $145.00 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 November 26, 2021.

  • Check in time is 4 PM and check out time is 11 AM.
  • First night room and tax will be charged at time of booking (refundable).
  • Cancel by 4 PM local hotel time at least 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid 1 night room and tax cancellation penalty charge.
  • Resort fee of $27.00/night has been waived for group.
  • Overnight self-parking charges have been waived for group.

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Attendee Registration
In-person or virtual
By Nov. 12 After Nov. 12
$200 $250

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

Click here to download a print copy of the conference schedule.

 Monday, December 6
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendor Showcase
9:00 AM - 9:25 AM Opening Ceremony
9:25 AM - 9:50 AM Mindfulness
Michelle Fayed, Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Post Traumatic Purpose
Travis Howze, Comedian, Motivational Speaker
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Lunch Break
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM Session: Occupational Noise Exposure and Its Effects on Hearing and Balance Health in Firefighters MiEARTH (Miami Initiative for Ear and Brain Health)
Hillary Snapp & Suhrud Rajguru, University of Miami
1:35 PM - 1:50 PM  Break
1:50 PM - 3:20 PM Session: PPE Delivery to the Fire Scene
Kevin Tomyk, Vancouver Fire Rescue
John Scmidt, Pasco County Fire Rescue
Dennis Chavez, San Antonio Fire Department
Moderator: Samuel Eaton, Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative
3:20 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Session: COVID-19 & Vaccine Myth Busters
Dr. Kenneth A Scheppke, Florida Department of Health
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session: The Latest on Firefighter Occupational Cancer Issues
Keith Tyson, Firefighter Cancer Support Network

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Tuesday, December 7
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendor Showcase
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Mindfulness
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Session: A New Approach to Brain Healing for the Increased Number of Brain Injuries Among Fire Fighters
Dr. Shai Efrati, Director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research, Shamir (Assaf-Harofeh) Medical Center, Israel
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Session: Extinguish Bullying
Stan Mettinger, Brooksville Fire Department
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Break
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Session: Tactical Bricks – Building Blocks for Operational Safety
Peter McBride (Ret.), Ottawa Fire Service
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Session: How To Hug 101
Jason Patton, Fire Dept. Coffee
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Session: Environmental Exposures and Cancer Prevention Strategies in the Fire Service: Evidence from the Sylvester Firefighter Cancer Initiative
Natasha Schaeffer Solle, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM State Safety Trends and Update on 1971/1851 PPE
Vince Cinque, Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue
Susan Schell, Division of State Fire Marshal

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Wednesday, December 8
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Vendor Showcase
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Mindfulness
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Session: Surfside Panel
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Session: Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study (FFCCS) Update
Casey C. Grant, P.E., FSFPE, DSRAE, LLC
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Break
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Session: Not Your Ordinary Athlete - They're Playing A Game, We're Not!
Jonathan Tate, DC Firefighter/Founder of Food on the Stove
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Fire in the Firehouse: Rethinking Our Approach to Members in Crisis
Dr. David Rozek, University of Central Florida
Lt. Jeff Orrange, Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative

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