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NYSAFC Returns to Syracuse This July for the 115th Annual Conference & FIRE 2021 Expo

The highly anticipated event - featuring exhibits, hands-on training and classroom-based education programs, plus networking activities for fire and EMS personnel of all ranks – will take place from July 14-17, 2021, at The Oncenter in Syracuse, NY.

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs 115th Annual Conference & FIRE 2021 Expo will be held from July 14-17, 2021, at The Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. A full slate of programs and activities are scheduled for fire and EMS personnel.

The exhibit area at The Oncenter has been expanded to include the War Memorial Arena, in addition to the Conference Center next door and an outdoor display area. Hundreds of vendors will be participating. Free One Day Tickets for entry to the expo (Thursday – Saturday) are available from exhibitors.

NYSAFC's Hands-On Training program, led by some of the nation's most respected instructors, has been expanded to allow more students to participate. Training will be held from Thursday – Saturday at the Syracuse Fire Department Training Center. Eight diverse courses, most including live fire evolutions, will be delivered.

More than 40 classroom-based education programs, including eight EMS CEU sessions, will be open to Conference Full Term Registrants from Wednesday – Saturday at The Oncenter in the Ballroom area (lower level). This year's lineup of lecturers includes Mike Gagliano, Tim Klett, John Norman, Thomas Richardson, Dennis Rubin, John Salka, and many more! Dr. David Griffin of the Charleston (SC) Fire Department will deliver the keynote address “In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy” on Thursday at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

Special courses include NYSAFC Codes Training, where students can earn in-service codes hours, and a free Fire Investigation Training delivered in partnership with OFPC, where participants can earn course credits. Special pre-registration is required for both programs.

Other activities include the FIRE 2021 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Friday at a new venue – the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University. All proceeds will benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Special registration is required.

Network with conference attendees from across the country at the FIRE 2021 Block Party, held after show hours on Friday. South Warren Street will be closed in the area of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for the celebration, featuring live music, food, and beverages.

The Annual Conference & FIRE Expo helps support the not-for-profit NYSAFC in its mission to serve fire and EMS personnel across New York state year-round. The most up-to-date information on FIRE 2021 is available here.