Hear what top experts from around the nation have to say about the most critical issues facing the fire service today – from recruitment and retention to active shooter scenarios and cancer prevention. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from industry leaders at the largest gathering of volunteer firefighters in New York State.


Keynote Speaker

Tonya HooverFriday, August 9 – Opening Session

The demands and challenges placed on today’s and, more importantly, tomorrow’s fire and emergency medical services have led to groups taking a comprehensive look at what the future holds for the community emergency responder.

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Active Shooter for Fire and EMS: An Integrated Response

Past Chief George ZayasPresented by Past Chief George Zayas, Rockland County (New York) Deputy Fire Coordinator
Friday, August 9 – 12:30 p.m.

In an unpredictable era where emergency responders are often called upon to do more than fight fires, Past Chief George Zayas offers essential training for an increasingly and unfortunately common form of tragedy. Chief Zayas brings more than 30 years of law enforcement and fire service experience to a discussion of the “rescue task force” concept in his “Active Shooter for Fire and EMS: An Integrated Response” workshop.

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Breaking Through Recruitment and Retention Challenges

Dr. Candice McDonaldPresented by Dr. Candice McDonald, Success Up
Friday, August 9 – 2:15 p.m.

With decades of experience both as an emergency services volunteer and an accomplished academic, Dr. Candice McDonald comes to FASNY Convention to discuss the critical issue of recruitment.

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Every Fire Is a Hazmat

Ex-Chief Robert FlingPresented by Ex-Chief Robert Fling, Dix Hills Fire Department (Long Island)
Saturday, August 10 – 12:30 p.m.

As a firefighter, you’ve seen smoke, you’ve smelled it, maybe even tasted it. But, how much do you know about it?

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The Responsibilities of the Company Officer

Chief Bobby HaltonPresented by Chief Bobby Halton, Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering Magazine and Education Director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC)
Saturday, August 10 – 2:15 p.m.

Ever-passionate about and always committed to all duties of career and volunteer fire service members, Chief Bobby Halton is a remarkably engaging speaker who brings more than 40 years of experience to his premier presentations.

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