FASNY Annual Convention

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.

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. FASNY Convention training puts an emphasis on the most critical issues facing the fire service today. Social events foster camaraderie.

Convention is all about our community. It’s all about you. So, come join us for these special days that have been a FASNY tradition for 150 years. To learn more, please scroll down or link to Our History, Training, Events, or Housing.

Our History

It was a pleasant afternoon in August 1872 as the parade moved along the main street of Auburn, New York. A state convention of a benevolent organization had just concluded one of its annual meetings and the members were passing review of the town folk.

A group of local volunteer firemen stood on the curb watching, when one of them (whose name history does not record) spoke up, asking “Why not have a firemen’s convention?” Little did any of those boys realize at the time that this chance remark would provide the incentive for the formation of what was to become one of the largest organizations in the state.

In the nearly century and a half since, FASNY has remained dedicated to informing, educating and training the volunteer fire service thanks to the commitment of its members and leadership by hundreds of individuals. The organization has continually enhanced knowledge and encouraged camaraderie among volunteer firefighters with numerous programs and services.

The annual Convention continues to serve as FASNY’s signature event that includes an annual memorial service, training, and networking opportunities in addition to the regular business of the organization and the annual Heroes Awards first bestowed in 1956.


Today’s Fires, Yesterday’s Tactics

In this two-part presentation, Chief Fling walks you through the difference between the fires we experience today and the fires Robert confronted years ago. There is a difference! They burn hotter, faster and produce a toxic environment for firefighters like we have never encountered before. Learn tips and tricks on size up, ventilation, line selection, thermal imaging and more as they all play a major factor in success on today’s fireground. Part two explains how every fire can be considered a HAZMAT incident, as what you are exposed to can have catastrophic effects on your health.

Chief Robert Fling bio
Robert Fling has more than 25 years of experience in the fire service and currently is an ex-chief with the Dix Hills Fire Department on Long Island. He has written articles for many fire service publications and is a nationally recognized speaker. He is also a board member with Project Kill The Flashover and is the western Suffolk County advocate for the National Fallen Firefighter’s “Everyone Goes Home” program. He holds several fire service accreditations, is a New York state-certified Emergency Medical Technician, NFPA-1403 Live Fire Instructor, AHA CPR Instructor, and CEVO Instructor. Additionally, he is a member of the NFPA, Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council, Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and FASNY. Chief Fling was the recipient of the 2015 Firehouse Magazine Outstanding Leadership Award. He can be reached at robertdfling@gmail.com.

2% Tax Forum

The 2% Tax Forum provides members of fire departments and chartered benevolent associations the opportunity to listen to speakers from various New York state government agencies who will present an overview of 2% Tax usage and distribution pertaining to their areas of expertise. Speakers will answer questions submitted by forum attendees. A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees.

Electric Vehicles And How To Respond

As the number and types of electric vehicles on the roadways and in commercial applications increase, it is important for first responders to understand how a response involving these types of vehicles is different than those with an internal combustion engine. This two-hour awareness course, made possible thanks to the National Volunteer Fire Council, equips first responders with the core knowledge and tools to respond more safely when an electric vehicle is involved in an incident.

Tom Miller, MA, LPC, ALPS bio
• Certified Fire Instructor III — Hazardous Materials Technician/Incident Commander
• WV Director to the National Volunteer Fire Council
• NVFC Hazardous Materials Response Committee Chair/Pandemic Task Group Chair
• TRANSCAER Coordinator State of West Virginia
• Principal, NFPA 470 Technical Committe


Past Presidents’ Dinner

For more than 71 years, Convention attendees have had the opportunity to mix and mingle with our past presidents. On Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 6-9 p.m at Frontier Volunteer Fire Company
(2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304), that tradition will continue at our popular annual Off-Site Past Presidents’ Meet and Greet. You can register for the event through FASNY registration. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner, beer/wine, and soda. A cash bar is available for all other drinks. Dress is casual. Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel.

1st Annual FASNY Testimonial Dinner

On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, join us as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of three outstanding FASNY board and trustee members: Director Laurie Hance, Trustee Michael DeVittorio, and Trustee Gerard Owenburg. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. Welcome and dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dessert and speeches. Please register for the event through FASNY registration. The event costs $25 per person, and includes dinner, beer/wine, and soda. Dress code is coat and tie.

Block Party

Join us for a Block Party honoring “you,” our members and volunteers, with a night of live entertainment, food, and drinks! We have lots of surprises in-store. You will not want to miss out on this complimentary night of fun!
When Thursday, Aug. 10
Time 6 p.m.-12 a.m.


Join us for a day of fun, food, drinks and good conversation, as well as a round of golf! The FASNY golf event will be at the Hyde Park Golf Course, which is only four miles from the Sheraton Hotel and a short 12-minute drive. We’d love to see you there!

What Golf (Scramble Format)
When Tuesday, Aug. 8
Registration Time + Lunch 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Golf Tee Time 12 p.m. Shotgun Start
Where Hyde Park Golf Course,
4343 Porter Rd, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14305
How do I purchase a ticket
Through FASNY registration
Cost $125/person ($30 dinner only)
What is included
Golf (18 holes + cart) | Lunch | Dinner | Prizes


Sheraton Niagara Falls, USA

Whether you are looking for an adventure or longing for some sightseeing, Sheraton Niagara Falls, USA makes a smart home base for exploring all the area has to offer. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist district, just steps from the brink of majestic Niagara Falls and directly connected to the thrills at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino through tunnel access.
Experience an exciting range of unique dining from your favorite national brands, including Rainforest Cafe® and Starbucks. For local fare, the grab and go Corner Deli Restaurant serves up Niagara Falls’ best deli sandwiches. Whatever your choice, you’ll enjoy creative comfort food served in a relaxing atmosphere. The best part, you’ll never have to leave the hotel to experience them all!
Featured Amenities
Restaurants | Fitness Center | Spa | Indoor Pool | Hot Tub | Meeting Space | Activities for Kids | Casino | Game Room | Convenience Store | Dry-Cleaning Service | Laundry | Daily Housekeeping | Kitchenette

Make your reservation now using the link below. The rooms in the block are $159 per night. The deadline is 7/10/23.

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino – Overflow Hotel

Reservations can be made at 1-877-873-6322. The group code is : SFIRENY
The cost is $125 for Wednesday and Thursday and $205 for Friday.