FASNY Annual Convention

147th Annual FASNY Convention

August 8-11, 2019 – Syracuse, New York


The largest gathering of its kind in the State, Convention is for every member of the volunteer fire service and you won’t want to miss FASNY’s outstanding programming August 8-11 in Syracuse.

No one knows the challenges and rewards better than your fellow volunteer first responders. Convention is a great, if not the best, opportunity to network with and learn alongside them.

Educational sessions and hands-on training put an emphasis on the most critical issues facing the fire service today. Social events like the Annual Michael D. Whelan Walk promote wellness and the Annual FASNY Grub & Pub Crawl aim to foster camaraderie.

Convention is about you. We hope to see you there!

Download the 2019 Convention Registration Form

Past Convention Highlights

Read our recap with videos and view our photo gallery from the 2018 Convention.

Check out the 2018 Keynote Speaker, Chief Bobby Halton

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Past Presenters

  • Les Baker
    105 Tactical Extrication Tips
  • Joe Pronesti
    Lost in the Fog of the Fireground: Command and Control for the Small Department
  • David Lewis
    See Something-Say Something: Emergency Services Role in Homeland Security
  • Christopher Naum
    Operational Excellence on the Fireground
  • John Salka and Eddie Buchanan
    Modern Firefighting: What Works for You
  • Michael Dallessandro
    Volunteer 2025
  • Candice McDonald
    Reputation Management in the Fire Service: Preventing Member Derailment
  • Frank Viscuso
    Stages of Team Development
  • Scott Goodale
    Active Shooter: Managing the Incident Before, During and After
  • Thomas A. Merrill
    The Professional Volunteer Fire Department
  • Bruce H. Varner
    Traffic Incident Management
  • Lt. William Greenwood
    The Art of Dealing with Negativity in the Fire Service
  • Patrick J. Kenny
    Mayday for Mental Health
  • Timothy E. Sendelbach
    Observations from 30,000 Feet
  • Richard B. Gasaway
    Paradigm Shifting
  • Shane Ray
    Do It Different for Safety Sakes
  • Sherri Wilcox and Lynn Schofield
    You’re Not Just a Number: How to Personalize the
    Information in Your Public Safety Messages
  • William Jenaway
    Natural Disasters: Are We Really Ready?
  • Paul Schwartzman
    Juvenile Firesetter Intervention
  • Brendan Dunn
    Solar Power Awareness and Operational Safety
  • Kimberly O’Malley
    Stocking Your Fire Prevention Toolkit

Past Speakers

  • Bobby Halton
    Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering Magazine
  • Ron Barz
    National State Director of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • Donna Luce-MacDonald
    Vice President of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • John A. DeFrancisco
    State Senator
  • Chris Gibson
    U.S. Congressman
  • Francis Nerney Jr.
    State Fire Administrator
  • John Sroka
    New York State Association of Fire Chiefs President
  • Tom Rinaldi
    President of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York
  • Roger Parrino
    Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

2018 Sponsors









Modell's Sporting GoodsVisual Technologies



Curtis Lumber
Cutters Edge
The Original Tele-Lite Inc.
NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497



Goldstein Auto Group
New York State Drill Teams


Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarship




Business Partners Printing
Belgium Cold Springs Fire Department
Byrne Dairy
Hannigan Law Firm
Holiday Inn – Syracuse/Liverpool
LeChase Construction
Law Office of Mark C. Butler
Price Chopper
S3 Design, Inc.
Stewarts Shops
Syracuse Fire Department Training Facility
W.B Mason