Virginia Fire Rescue Conference
February 19-24, 2024 Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association has an excellent line of educational sessions being offered that cover almost all aspects of services provided by a modern Fire and EMS department. There is also a new focus on Hands on Training sessions being offered this year. The VFCA hopes to see you at the beach in February 2024 for another great Virginia Fire Rescue Conference!
Can I walk Through the Expo Hall even if I am not Attending Classes?
Expo Passes can be Purchased for $10/Person/Day
Expo Hours: Thu 1pm - 5:30pm | Fri 9am - 5:30pm | Sat 9am - 1pm
February 19-24, 2024
(includes pre-conference dates and associated training)
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Expo hall hours are as follows:
February 22nd – 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
February 23rd – 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
February 24th – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Click this link to see a summary of our Featured Presenters.
Last year this event attracted just over 2,400 attendees – there was record attendance for educational sessions with 830 in attendance and we had an additional 1,500+ that attended the show and walked the expo floor over the three days it was open.
We encourage you to consider registering sooner rather than later if you plan to attend!
VENDOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The Expo Floor is sold out!
We still have booths available in the lobby!
The VFCA greatly appreciates your past support, and we hope to see you at the 2024 VFRC!
Please let us know if you have any questions or if you need any further information, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navigating a New Role: Challenges and Opportunities for Fire Officers in Emergency Management
Thursday, February 22, 2024
In today’s mobile and agile work environment, it’s common to see uniformed fire officers assigned to a role in emergency management or to seek employment in emergency management as a second career. Some are well prepared for this transition and have gone to great lengths to educate and ready themselves for a new challenge. Others, however, founder when they realize just how unique and different these two disciplines can be. Being a seasoned fire or EMS officer is a great start, but to be a professional, competent emergency manager requires an enhanced skillset. This session provides an understanding of leadership, will provide the attendee with a roadmap to assist in becoming a professional emergency manager. Topics covered will include discussing how the roles of the two professions, which certainly can complement one another, are inherently different and require seeing though a different lens. The qualities needed for success such as problem solving, relationship building, strategic thinking, accountability, adaptability, and the ability to “connect the dots” will be discussed and insight into how to master these skills will be provided.
Michelle Oblinsky is VDEM’s Deputy State Coordinator and Chief of the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST). Michelle oversees the four divisions within the Commonwealth Coordination and Incident Management Assistance Team (COVAMAT).
- Planning, Training Education and Exercise Division (TEED)
- Operational Coordination and the Commonwealth of Virginia Incident Management Assistance Team (COVAMAT).
As Chief of the VEST, Michelle and her work with VDEM and other state agencies to ensure the readiness of the VEST and the Virginia Emergency Operation Center systems. She holds a master’s degree in geography planning from UNC Charlotte, as well as a bachelor’s degree in planning from VA Tech.