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2024 Annual Conference

Leading Into the Future

March 19-22, 2024 | Waco Convention Center, Waco, TX

Tuesday, March 19 | Wednesday, March 20 | Thursday, March 21 | Friday, March 22
Tuesday - March 19, 2024

9:30 am – 11:30 am

TFCA, TIFMAS, TFS Stakeholder Annual Meeting

Location: Ranger Room

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Set Up

Location: Chisholm Hall

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Pre-Conference Education Session - Wellness – Teamwork and Mental Toughness

Riley Harvill, PhD - Founder, The HarBeck Company

Location: Ranger Room | Additional $100 Registration Fee Required. | Sponsored by Essential Personnel, Inc.

1:00 - 4:00 pm

TFCA Board of Directors Meeting

Location: Lone Star 103

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Attendee Registration

Location: Brazos Foyer | Sponsored by NAFECO/ EMS Management and Consultants

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening/President's Welcome Reception

Location: Brazos Foyer/Chisholm Hall | Sponsored by NAFECO/ Lion

8:00 - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite

Location: Poolside Suite 120 | Sponsored by Blauer Manufacturing

Tuesday, March 19 | Wednesday, March 20 | Thursday, March 21 | Friday, March 22
Wednesday - March 20, 2024

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by NAFECO/ EMS Management and Consultants

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by LION Featuring Elbeco

8:00 - 8:15 am

General Session - Welcome/City of Waco

Location: Brazos Ballroom | Sponsored by Casco Industries, Inc.

8:15 - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote Session - 12 Strong: An Extraordinary Mission of Commitment, Purpose, Heroism and Hope

Mark Nutsch - Maj. Mark Nutsch, US Army Special Forces, Ret.

Location: Brazos Ballroom | Sponsored by Front Line Mobile Health

9:30 - 9:45 am

Morning Break

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by BKV Group

9:45 - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session - Cultural Attitudes and How it Affects Us

Daniel DeYear - Deputy Chief, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department

Location: Texas Room 113 | Sponsored by First Due

Breakout Session - Speaking to your City Council/Board

Mackenzie Kelly - City Council Member, City of Austin

Location: Texas Room 114 | Sponsored by Komatsu Architecture

Breakout Session - Data Driven Decisions

Joe Beauchamp - The Brigade Management Inc.

Location: Texas Room 116 | Sponsored by Michael Rainey And Associates

Breakout Session - Filling the Gap: Using Community Health Paramedics to Reduce Repetitive Callers

Rob Luckritz - Chief, Austin-Travis County EMS

Location: Texas Room 117 | Sponsored by Texas EMS School

10:45 - 11:00 am

Break

Location: Texas Foyer | Sponsored by BKV Group

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Business Meeting

Location: Brazos Ballroom | Sponsored by Michael Rainey And Associates

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Dessert in Exhibit Hall

Location: Chisholm Hall | Sponsored by CORE Construction

1:30 - 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Extravaganza - Golf Simulator, Snacks and Drawings (must be present to win)

Location: Chisholm Hall

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Networking Dinner and Casino Night

Location: McLennan Hall | Sponsored by Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc.

9:00 - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite

Location: Poolside Suite 120 | Sponsored by Blauer Manufacturing

Tuesday, March 19 | Wednesday, March 20 | Thursday, March 21 | Friday, March 22
Thursday - March 21, 2024

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by NAFECO/ EMS Management and Consultants

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by Darkhorse Emergency Corp.

8:15 - 9:30 am

General Session - Preventing Targeted Violence

Josh Thomas
Sam Ukeiley - Special Agent, FBI

Location: Brazos Ballroom | Sponsored by On Duty Health

9:30 - 9:45 am

Morning Break

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by IamResponding

9:45 - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session - Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Shared Responsibilities

Kelly Kistner - Fire Marshal, City of Frisco
Les Stephens, CPM, CFO, EFO, CFE, and FSCEO - Fire Chief, City of San Marcos

Location: Texas Room 113 | Sponsored by First Due

Breakout Session - Managing Personnel Risks and Litigation Prevention: Never More Difficult Than Today

Mike McCall - MJ Consulting

Location: Texas Room 114 | Sponsored by Komatsu Architecture

Breakout Session - The Fire Service Culture Change Dilemma

Daniel (Danny) T. Kistner, Dr. - Principal, DTK Consulting

Location: Texas Room 116 | Sponsored by Michael Rainey And Associates

Breakout Session - A Fire Chief and a Medical Director Walk into a Bar

Taylor Ratcliff, Dr. - Medical Director, Williamson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Location: Texas Room 117 | Sponsored by Texas EMS School

10:45 - 11:00 am

Break

Location: Texas Foyer | Sponsored by IamResponding

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Awards Lunch

Location: Brazos Ballroom | Sponsored by BRW Architects

1:30 - 2:30 pm

General Session - Lithium Ion Panel Discussion

David Coatney - Agency Director/CEO, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Chris Greene - Captain (Ret), Seatle Fire Department
Gordon Lohmeyer - Division Director, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dalan Zartman - COO, Energy Security Agency

Location: Brazos Ballroom | Sponsored by School of EMS

2:45 - 3:45 pm
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Breakout Session - TFCA Best Practices

Paul Henley - Fire Chief, City of Flower Mound
Neil Howard - Fire Chief, Rowlett Fire Department

Location: Texas Room 113 | Sponsored by First Due

Breakout Session - Fire Service Budgeting and Finance - Part I & II

Les Stephens, CPM, CFO, EFO, CFE, and FSCEO - Fire Chief, City of San Marcos

Location: Texas Room 114 | Sponsored by Komatsu Architecture

Breakout Session - Leadership - Building New Programs

Jason Tharp, FSCEO, CFE, ECO - Division Chief, Community Risk Reduction

Location: Texas Room 116 | Sponsored by Michael Rainey And Associates

Breakout Session - EMS Compliance

Kevin Fairlie, JD,MHA - Attorney, EMS Compliance, LLC/Fairlie Law, LLC
Anthony W. Minge, Ed.D. - Senior Partner, Fitch & Associates

Location: Texas Room 117 | Sponsored by Texas EMS School

3:45 - 4:00 pm

Break

Location: Texas Foyer | Sponsored by Eagle Engraving, Inc.

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Evening Networking Dinner

Location: Hilton Waco Outdoor Pavilion & Garden | Sponsored by Siddons-Martin

8:00 - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite

Location: Poolside Suite 120 | Sponsored by Blauer Manufacturing

Tuesday, March 19 | Wednesday, March 20 | Thursday, March 21 | Friday, March 22
 Friday, March 22, 2024

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Registration

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by NAFECO/ EMS Management and Consultants

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by Brandstetter Carroll, Inc.

8:30 - 9:45 am

General Session - The Future of the Fire and Emergency Services

Denis Onieal, Dr. - Principal, Onieal and Associates

Location: Brazos Ballroom

9:45 - 10:15 am

Morning Break

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer | Sponsored by GRAIL

10:15 - 11:30 am

Closing Keynote Session - Leadership: What Matters Most

Thurl Baily - Professional Speaker, Broadcast Analyst, Actor, and Award-Winning Singer/Song Writer

Location: Brazos Ballroom

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