New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

2024 Seminar Series

NYSAFC's annual Seminar Series provides educational opportunities for fire service personnel of all ranks at sites across New York state. Three-hour seminars are conducted by some of the nation's leading fire service instructors at the local level on a variety of timely topics.

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Online Registration
Creation of an online account will be required for online registration. New for 2024 – group registration is now available for fire departments! Call NYSAFC at (800) 676-3473 to set up a Department account!

NYSAFC 2024 Seminar Series
“Searching – The Offensive and Defensive”
With Lieutenant Michael Scotto, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

Three-Hour Seminar

Searching tactics are primarily thought of as an offensive action – moving in, checking behind doors, in closets, and numerous other areas. As we search, our concerns are focused on the search. Defensive tactics involve our escape plans, which are needed as we complete our search, but more importantly under extreme or emergency conditions. To make these tactics work, we must always have our strategy front and center. Both sides of the coin are in play all the time. In this program, students will examine strategy and tactics to gain a more concise understanding of the training necessary for search.

Instructor Mike Scotto:
Mike Scotto served with the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) from 1979-2021. He was appointed to lieutenant in 1997 and assigned to Tower Ladder 58 in the Bronx. Previous FDNY assignments included Engine 18 in Manhattan and Tower Ladder 157 in Brooklyn. Scotto is a New York state fire instructor, national fire instructor Level I and II, and master exercise practitioner (MEP) certified through the Department of Homeland Security, as well as an Orange County fire instructor.

Registration Fee:
$35 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$50 per person – Non-Members
Pre-registration is encouraged. On-site registration will be accepted if space permits.
Note: A 3% service fee will be applied if paying by credit card.


2024 Dates and Locations:
Seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. at all sites. Registration area opens at 6:30 p.m.

January 16 – Orange County
Winona Lake Engine Co. No. 2 • 160 South Plank Road • Newburgh, NY 12550

January 17 – Nassau County
Inwood Fire Department • 188 Doughty Boulevard • Inwood, NY 11096

February 22 – Westchester County
Westchester County Department of Emergency Services • 4 Dana Road • Valhalla, NY 10595

February 26 – Albany County
Village of Ravena Fire Department • 116 Main Street • Ravena, NY 12143

February 27 – Rockland County
Rockland County Fire Training Center • 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive • Pomona, NY 10970

February 29 – Steuben County
Hammondsport Fire Department • 8521 State Route 54 • Hammondsport, NY 14840
   
March 12 – Schenectady County
Schenectady County Community College • Stockade Building • Room 101 • 75 Washington Avenue • Schenectady, NY 12305

March 13 – Wyoming County
North Java Fire Company • 4274 Route 98 • North Java, NY 14113

April 9 – Clinton County
Clinton Community College • Auditorium • 136 Clinton Point Drive • Plattsburgh, NY 12901

April 10 – Herkimer County
Newport Fire Department • 7370 Main Street • Newport, NY 13416

September 4 – St. Lawrence County
Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department • 42 Main Street • Potsdam, NY 13676

September 10 – Fulton County
Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Avenue Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078

September 18 – Erie County
Orchard Park Fire Company • 30 School Street • Orchard Park, NY 14127

September 25 – Otsego County
Worcester Fire Department • 36 Church Street • Worcester, NY 12197

October 1 – Jefferson County
Adams Fire Department • 6 North Main Street • Adams, NY 13605

October 22 – Cortland County
Cortland County Regional Training Center • 3577 Terrace Road • Cortland, NY 13045

October 23 – Oneida County
Maynard Fire Department • 9500 Maynard Drive • Marcy, NY 13403

October 29 – Rensselaer County
Pittstown Rescue Squad • 60 Parker School Road • Johnsonville, NY 12094

November 5 – Monroe County
Henrietta Fire District Training Center • Station 6 • 60 Erie Station Road • West Henrietta, NY 14586