New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Annual Seminar Series

In 2016, NYSAFC reintroduced its annual Seminar Series to provide additional educational opportunities for fire service personnel of all ranks at sites throughout New York state. Seminars are conducted by some of the nation’s leading fire service instructors at the local level on a variety of timely topics.

2017 Seminar Series Registration Form

2017 Seminar Series “The Active Shooter and the Fire/Rescue Service”
3-Hour Program

with Lieutenant Gary Benedict (FDNY EMS) and
Detective/Ex-Captain David Norman (NYPD Emergency Service Unit/Inwood F.D.)

This seminar is designed to bring together law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies in a coordinated effort to reach a safe conclusion of an extremely violent and dangerous situation. The program will cover the mindset of the firefighter, the police officer, and the active shooter. The importance of communications and the problems associated with it will be addressed. The program will also review cover and concealment, staging, triage, and operating in a dynamic environment. This program is for all personnel involved in response to such incidents.

The presentation of this program does not constitute an endorsement by NYSAFC of any procedure or policy for response to an active shooter. Every department should evaluate their circumstances and develop policies and procedures appropriate for their department/agency.

Registration Fee:

$15 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$25 per person – Non-Members
On-site registration and pre-registration available.


Lieutenant Gary Benedict (FDNY EMS)
Gary Benedict is a 29-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department Bureau of EMS and is currently a lieutenant assigned to the Bureau of Training. He was previously assigned to Station 57 in Brooklyn and has received numerous commendations and citations throughout his career. In addition, Benedict is an ex-captain and 30-year member of the Baldwin Volunteer Fire Department and a paramedic with the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. He is also a certified lab instructor at the Nassau County Fire-Police EMS Academy, a Department of Homeland Security terrorism response instructor, and has provided training for the United States Coast Guard.

Detective/Ex-Captain David Norman (NYPD Emergency Service Unit/Inwood F.D.)
David Norman is a second grade detective and 31-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and a member of the elite Emergency Service Unit. He has been a lead instructor at the New York Police Department Emergency Service Unit’s Specialized Training School for the past 10 years. Norman has instructed various NYPD units, civilian contractors, fire departments, and international police departments and rescue units in all aspects of response, especially waterborne operations and civil disobedience. He is also a Medal of Valor recipient, ex-captain, and 30-year member of the Inwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Dates and Locations (3-Hour Program):

February 16, 2017 – Fulton County
7:00 p.m.
Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Ave. Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078

March 9, 2017 – Schoharie County
7:00 p.m.
Cobleskill Fire Department • 610 Main St. • Cobleskill, NY 12043

March 21, 2017 – Rensselaer County
7:00 p.m.
Defreestville Fire Department • 350 North Greenbush Rd. • Troy, NY 12180

April 6, 2017 – Otsego County
7:00 p.m.
Worcester Fire Department • 36 Church St. • Worcester, NY 12197

April 8, 2017 – Westchester County
9:00 a.m.
Live Oak Engine Company • 5 North Lawn Ave. • Elmsford, NY 10523
(Parking in rear on North Stone Ave.)

April 27, 2017 – Ontario County
7:00 p.m.
Ontario County Safety Training Facility • 2914 County Road 48 • Canandaigua, NY 14424

September 13, 2017 – Oneida County
7:00 p.m.
Westmoreland High School • 5176 State Route 233 • Westmoreland, NY 13490

September 14, 2017 – Erie County
7:00 p.m.
Orchard Park Fire Company • 30 School St. • Orchard Park, NY 14127

October 25, 2017 – Chautauqua County
7:00 p.m.
Brocton Central School Auditorium • 138 West Main St. • Brocton, NY 14716

October 26, 2017 – Suffolk County
7:00 p.m.
North Babylon Volunteer Fire Company • 20 Hale Rd. • North Babylon, NY 11703

Special thanks to Seminar Series sponsor, VFIS.