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Located in Orange County, Florida, the city of Orlando is a perfect blend of sleek sophistication and ultimate adventure.

As the number one tourist destination in the country, Orlando features breathtaking entertainment, legendary theme parks and attractions, and exceptional dining experiences. In the Sunshine State, it’s not only our year-round warm weather and endless rays that charge you up. It’s our world-class golf courses, shopping and shows that will keep you coming back for more. Get ready to experience unique performances and awe-insprining adventures that delight the senses in downtown Orlando and on the one-and-only International Drive, the heart of Orange County’s visitor district.

Join us to create the unforgettable memories only Orlando can provide at the 2017 Metro Fire Chiefs Conference.

We look forward to hosting you and showing you the many wonders that drive more than 66 million visitors annually to the thriving recreation, cultural and entertainment scenes of The City Beautiful and Orange County, Florida.

See you soon!

Icebreaker Beach Reception and Dinner at Discovery Cove
Saturday Evening – April 8, 2017
Exclusively Sponsored by: E-ONE

Get ready for a one-of-kind beach party filled with music, entertainment and delights for the senses. Our exclusive Discovery Cove event will feature an authentic Hawaiian luau performed by firefighters from both Orange County Fire Rescue and the Orlando Fire Department. Dine on exquisite food, enjoy specialty cocktails and even experience exotic animal interactions. This will be a night you will never forget!

Golf Tournament at Shingle Creek
Sunday Morning – April 9, 2017
Current Sponsors Include: LION, Emergency Reporting, and W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

The 2017 Metro Fire Chiefs Golf Tournament will be held at Shingle Creek Golf Club. The beautiful new course opened December 1, 2016, and is an Arnold Palmer Signature designed 18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Course. The challenging yet enjoyable course provides panoramic vistas in a relaxing natural environment alongside historic Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Shingle Creek Golf Club is the home of the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, and this year’s tournament includes a custom swing analysis by Brewer himself, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructor and author of “Mentored by the King,” a tribute to the legendary Arnold Palmer.

Universal Studios Behind the Scenes Tour
Sunday Morning – April 9, 2017

Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Universal Studios®, the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park. Take this opportunity to experience Universal Orlando’s newest and signature rides, walk The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™, and learn about the history and everyday operation of the parks.

Opening Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Orlando
Sunday Evening – April 9, 2017
Current Sponsors Include: W.S. Darley & Co., Pierce Manufacturing, Oshkosh Airport Products, Fire-Dex, and Scott Safety

This event is the formal opening and dinner to the 2017 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference. All members and their accompanying spouse/partners are invited to attend. Attire should be Class A. The group photograph of all the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs members takes place during the opening, so look your best!

Sponsor Appreciation Reception
Monday Evening – April 10, 2017
Sponsored by All Conference Vendors

This reception, with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres served, takes place in the vendor gallery where sponsors display and offer information about their products and/or services. Get acquainted with the brands that made the 2017 conference possible and during this evening only, sponsors may invite Fire Chiefs to discuss any potential business opportunities further.

Evening Social at Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Tuesday Evening – April 11, 2017
Exclusively Sponsored by: Deccan International

Mango’s Tropical Cafe is the largest, most exciting Restaurant, Banquet Facility & Nightlife Destination on Orlando’s International Drive. The world famous Mango’s Dancers continue to entertain millions of guests each year and have been televised on ABC, CBS, Travel Channel and many others. At Mango’s, entertainment is paramount – with live bands and dance performances continuous throughout the entire venue. An unforgettable event experience awaits you at Mango’s!

Closing Ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center
Wednesday Evening – April 12, 2017
Exclusively Sponsored by: Motorola Solutions

Located in the heart of the area’s tourism district, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) currently ranks as the second largest convention center in the United States and will host the formal closing and dinner to the 2017 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference. All members and their accompanying spouse/partners are invited to attend. The ceremony will recap the events of the past week’s conference, and announce the next year’s conference destination.

Monday, April 10, 2017
Exclusively Sponsored by: AT&T Public Safety Solutions

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast - Sponsored by AT&T
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Housekeeping and General Announcements
8:05 AM - 8:15 AM Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, Metro President – Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, Metro President – Introductions of Sponsors, members and Recognition of First Timers
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Jim Pauley, President & CEO, National Fire Protection Association – NFPA Update
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM USFA Administrator, TBD
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Dr. Raj Nagaraj, Chief Technology Officer, Deccan International – Recent Advances in Using Predictive Modeling and Other Techniques for Effective Prevention Programs
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break - Sponsored by AT&T
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Chiefs Richard “Smokey” Dyer & Joe Jardin – NFPA 1700, Preparing SOPs for Structural Attack
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Stephen Kerber, Director, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute – Research Update
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch - Sponsored by AT&T
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Dr. Denis Onieal – Fire Incident Data
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell – FireCARES, NFORS, Exposure App
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM CFO Mark Jones – Capital Investment: The challenges of protecting Australia's Capital City
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Business Session #1
9:00 PM- 12:00 AM Welcome Suite - Sponsored by Blauer


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr - General Announcements
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Harold Schaitberger, General President, International Association of Fire Fighters: IAFF Update
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM Chief John Sinclair, IAFC President & Chair of the Board and Mark Light, IAFC CEO & Executive Director: IAFC Update
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Chiefs Ken Block, Dave Downey, Maurice Kemp, Daryl Osby and Commissioner Joe Finn - Cancer in the Fire Service: What We’re Doing and What Needs to be Done
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Casey Grant - Fire Protection Research Foundation: Continuation of Above with Casey Leading the Discussion on the Latest Research
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jay Tarley, Physical Scientist – NIOSH/NPPTL’s Post-Market Activities: Certified Product Investigation Process (CPIP) and the Importance of Evidence Collection
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM President/Senior Principal Paul Erickson – HOT Zone Design: Reducing Cancer in Firefighters
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Chief Tim Beckett – Our Journey to Workplace Mental Health
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Chief Steve Dongworth – Fire Fighter Mental Health: A Proactive Road to Mental Readiness Program (R2MR)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Chief Ted Collas – Mobile Integrated Health and the Fire Service
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Business Session #2
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Welcome Suite


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Housekeeping and General Announcements
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Chiefs Otto Drozd & Roderick Williams – The Pulse Attack (Including the counseling component)
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM CFO Roy Wilsher, Chief Fire Officers Association/Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council -- Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack (MTFA)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Chief John Butler – Active Shooter-Assailant & Public Access Bleeding Control Program
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell – All Hazards: Have a Plan
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Chief Ron Siarnicki – The National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation’s First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Chief Derrick Sawyer – An Integrated Approach to Risk Reduction: It’s Not What You Think It Is!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Chief Brian Cummings – Career Survival in the Fire House
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Business Session #3
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Closing Ceremony
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Welcome Suite


Winter Park Outing
Monday Morning – April 10, 2017
Exclusively Sponsored by: AT&T Public Safety Solutions

Start the day off with a scenic boat tour on Lake Osceola in the quiet suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando. The hour-long, guided tour cruises through three of the seven lakes and two narrow man-made canals on the tranquil Winter Park Chain of Lakes. The relaxing morning is followed by festive wine tasting at Quantum Leap Winery. Next, you will explore local shops and fresh food vendors, and then participate in a cooking demonstration and mixology class at the charming East End Market.

Ritz Carlton Day Spa
Tuesday Morning – April 11, 2017

Escape to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes, a luxurious spa where treatments are created from the herbs grown in the resort’s organic garden, from the honey produced by resident bees, and the citrus fruit plucked from local orchards. The 40,000-square-foot Spa features: 40 treatment rooms, 4,000-square-foot outdoor heated lap pool, co-ed relaxation conservatory, full-service salon, spa boutique, 6,000-square-foot Wellness Center, and café for the exclusive use of Spa guests. No guests under 18 permitted. Treatments available by appointment only, and must be selected in advance. Choose from four offered treatments:

  • Relaxation Massage – Unwind and de-stress with this aromatic bespoke treatment. This soothing aromatherapy massage uses light to moderate pressure and a blend of essential oils to melt away tension.
  • Deep Muscle Massage – Recharge your body with this powerful massage designed to alleviate deep-seated tension and muscular stress. Using deep movements and stretching techniques concentrate on specific areas of concern to alleviate common discomforts and sports related tension.
  • Stress Relief Massage – Revive tired and fatigued muscles with this traditional massage using moderate to firm pressure to leave a feeling of revitalization and relaxation.
  • Organic Facial – After a thorough analysis of the skin, a treatment is performed on all areas of the face, neck and décolleté, based on individual needs.
    INCLUDES Brush cleanse, extractions, mask, hydrating moisturizer

Disney Creative Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Disney Springs Shopping
Wednesday Morning – April 12, 2017

Meet the team and tour the facilities of the creative group at Disney that make the magic happen every day for park and hotel guests, both business and leisure. Learn more about the imaginative costumes, artistic hair and makeup, and custom set design that create the Disney experience. Settle in for a lovely lunch aboard a floating steamboat at Paddlefish Restaurant, and then create your own enchanted floral arrangement with the help of Disney’s creative geniuses. Finally, take some time to explore the all new Disney Springs with a wide variety of shops – each retailer offers a signature item only available for purchase at this location.

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