2021 Virginia Fire Rescue Conference

As a result of the cancellation of the 2021 Virginia Fire Rescue Conference, the traditional Annual Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Service will not be possible.  However, the VFCA does plan to publish teh names of our fallen fire and rescue personnel during the winter of 2021.  Therefore, if your department has had a member pass away during the calendar year 2020 (active or retired), you are asked to provide that information to the Chair of the VFCA Health & Safety Committee, Chief Stephen P. Kopczynski.  If you have any questions, please email Chief Kopczynski at [email protected]

To access the online form:


For a downloadable version, click here.

Please submit on or before January 31, 2021.

If you need to fax, send to: 757-890-3609

If you need to mail your form send to:

Chief Stephen P. Kopczynski, York County Dept. of Fire & Life Safety
PO Box 532
Yorktown, VA 23690

2021 Virginia Fire Rescue Conference - CANCELLED

The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Conference Committee has been working diligently to plan for the 2021 Virginia Fire Rescue Conference (VFRC) since March 2020 in these very uncertain times. The committee was working and planning with the intent the 2021 VFRC would proceed in person. We had recognized the conference would not look like past conferences as we realized there would likely be no social events to minimize large crowd gatherings.

The intent, as in past conferences was to host a number of training sessions at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach Fire Training Facility, and potentially, one or two other locations in close proximity to the Convention Center. Conference members had been communicating with local officials and we had been advised that they would allow up to 1000 people in the Expo area. All things seemed to be on track to allow for the 2021 VFRC. However, as time and this pandemic has progressed, the rate of infections has risen substantially, modifications to crowd gatherings have been made by the Governor’s Office to help stem the spread of COVID in the Commonwealth.

As a result of the State of Virginia Government Restrictions and Regulations and not knowing what the landscape will look like in February 2021, the VFCA Board of Directors decided to cancel the 2021 VFRC. We can assure you this decision was not reached in haste but is being done in an abundance of caution.

For our vendors that have made payments, you will be contacted soon and offered a full refund if desired or the opportunity to apply your payments to the 2022 VFRC in part or in total.

Attendees that have registered will be offered a full refund. Instructors will be invited to participate in the 2022 conference. Planning will begin immediately for the 2022 VFRC and it is our intent that this event will be among the best conferences the VFCA has ever sponsored. It is our hope you will understand and will be ready to get reconnected with your brothers and sisters from all across the Commonwealth in February 2022!

If there are any questions please contact Executive Director Chris Eudailey by email at [email protected] or by phone at 540-809-9397.

A message from VDFP: 

We recently received confirmation that the 2021 Virginia Fire & Rescue Conference was cancelled due to the pandemic. In an effort to ensure that our stakeholders are able to maintain training hours vital to their certifications, the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy will be offering several courses that were scheduled for presentation at the conference virtually. These offerings will be available in the original time slots scheduled on February 24, 25 and 26, 2021. Due to limited space the virtual classes will be limited to uniformed and civilian personnel assigned to fire and rescue departments in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Many of you know that we are using a new learning platform named Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD).  This platform will be utilized in the course registration process for the classes available. Stakeholders need to be sure to log on to CSOD and create their profiles so that they can access their transcripts and be prepared to register for this event. There is more information regarding CSOD and a user guide available on our website providing updated information to guide users through the steps necessary to build a profile. Once registered for the class, dial in information will be provided.

Please refer to the VDFP website for updates on the virtual course offerings and handy how-to's on using our new learning platform.  We are working very hard to get these courses up and running so that there are no delays in maintaining compliance with your continuing education requirements for this calendar year.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting me. 
M. Anthony Barrero, Jr.
Virginia Fire Marshal Academy, Chief
Virginia Department of Fire Programs