The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, a not-for-profit corporation, works to improve the fiscal responsibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the fire district management through education, training and advocacy for commissioners and other fire district officials in the 57 counties outside of the City of New York.

Annual Meeting and Conference

Each year the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York hosts the Annual Meeting and Education Conference in the spring and an Education Conference and Vendor Expo in the fall. This year your 74rd Annual meeting and Education Conference will be held Thursday April 20th - Sunday April 23rd, 2017, at the The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211.  We have planned a full schedule of meetings, workshops and social activities. We hope your stay will be educational as well as enjoyable.

The Association is dedicated to the education of Fire Officials throughout New York State. The selection of workshops is based on recent results of publicized financial and managerial issues facing our own Fire Districts, and subjects that present ongoing problems to Fire Districts. We endeavor to schedule workshops that will be of interest to Fire District officials from Fire Districts of all sizes.

Following was the schedule for the Annual meeting and conference. 
                              2017 Annual Conference Schedule
                                        (Schedule is subject to change without prior notice)

Thursday Morning, April 20th
Separate registration and fee is required for Thursday's Commissioner and Secretary Training*

Commissioner’s Training* (1 day long session )
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Joe Frank & Bill Young

Treasurer Training*
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructors: George Person & Vince Caterina

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ethics - What is it, how do we comply with it?
Mark Stevens: NYS Comptroller Office?

Thursday Afternoon, April 20th
Separate registration and fee is required for Thursday's Treasurer Training*

Secretary Training*
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Joyce Petkus & Tim Hannigan

Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fire Apparatus Purchasing Strategies & Fleet Management for 2017
Mike Wilbur - Contributing Editor, FireHouse Magazine

This presentation will focus on fleet management strategies and apparatus acquisition. New Apparatus Purchases vs Apparatus refurb vs buying used apparatus will be reviewed.  Consideration, will be given to the ever evolving national standards. When buying new apparatus positives and negatives of Competitive bidding, Requests for Proposals (RFP’S), Leasing or Lease Purchasing, Buying off of the H.G.A.C., State Contract, Tag-On orders or some other purchasing authority.The role of a short term needs assessments in conjunction with fleet replacement, long term planning and fleet management. We will bring a common sense approach couple with everyday experience when discussing fleet management planning. Time will be incorporated into this program for a Q and A session and we encourage participants to bring their questions related to this subject matter. 

Thursday 2:00 p.m.
Guests Program—Wine Tasting Reception
(separate registration & fee required)

Thursday Conference Registration 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday Evening, April 20th,
7:00 p.m. - (Separate Fee required)
“More than 28 Year Representing the Fire Districts”
A Reception Honoring William N Young, Esq.

Friday Morning, April 21st
Registration 8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 21st,
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m

Friday, April 21st,
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome - Memorial Service - Business Meeting

Friday, April 21st,
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Timothy E. Sendlebach –Editor in Chief, Firehouse Magazine

Timothy E. Sendelbach is a 30-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Firehouse. He is responsible for the content and editorial direction of Firehouse® Magazine, Firehouse.com, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World and related products. He has served as an assistant fire chief with the North Las Vegas, NV, Fire Department, as the chief of training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services and as assistant fire chief for Missouri City, TX, Fire & Rescue Services. He is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer and has earned a master’s degree in leadership from Bellevue University, bachelor’s degrees in fire administration and arson and an associate’s degree in emergency medical care from Eastern Kentucky University.

Friday, April 21st,
12:00 Noon

Lunch (included with conference registration fee)
Guests Luncheon - (separate registration required)
Executive Board Luncheon of Fire Service Organizations (by Invitation)

Friday Afternoon, April 21st

Friday, April 21st,
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Sitting at the Front Table - Solving Problems
Directors Dave Denniston, Tom Link, John Wicka

Join two of your fellow commissioners as they discuss their experience handling what can be uncomfortable situations while serving on the board. The first mini session will look at how to deal with an unhappy member of your community. The second session will focus on how to deal with a member of the fire company who has a com-plaint against the organization or one of its officers.
Directors Dave Denniston, Tom Link, John Wicka

Friday, April 21st,
2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Supplementing Volunteer Resources
Meeting future challenges of staffing a volunteer fire department

Supplementing Volunteer Resources – Panel Discussion Participants

Moderator:                            Joe Frank, General Counsel - Districts
Panel of Experts:
Skip Nerney                           New York State Fire Administrator
Tom Rinaldi                           1st Vice President – Districts
John D’Alessandro               Secretary, FASNY
David Quinn                          CAO, FASNY
Matt Vehilies                        Fire Districts Mutual – VFBL
George Burke III Esq.          Workman’s Comp Attorney
Dale Lingenfelter                 Chief – Niskayuna Fire District
Joe Fahd                               President, State Chiefs and Chief Cohoes Fire Dept.
Bill Streicher                         Wyoming County Fire Coordinator, 3rd VP – Coordinators
Tim Yaeger                           Genessee County Fire Coordinator
One of the greatest challenges to the fire service today is sufficient staffing of both volunteer and career departments.  Its especially challenging to supplement staffing for volunteer departments when the AHJ is required to think about issues they never considered such as workman’s comp, human resource issues, changing leadership roles, VFBL issues, creation or adjustment of policies, legal issues, funding reallocations, combination staffing, PESH compliance, labor negotiations and a myriad of other issues that volunteer departments have not traditionally had to deal with.

Friday, April 21st,
4:00 p.m.

Election of AFDSNY Officers

Friday Evening, April 21st

6:00 p.m.

AFDSNY Officers Reception & Installation Dinner
(Separate Fee Required)

Saturday Morning, April 22nd 

Registration 8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 22nd,
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 22nd,
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
How Should You Procure Your Apparatus and Equipment in 2017?
What you wanted to know about leasing vs buying.
Presenter: Ken Parker

Saturday, April 22nd,
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Secretary Treasurer’s Round Table; A Panel Discussion
Moderator - Joseph F Frank
Kyle Brengel, Joyce Petkus and Rudy Sunderman

Saturday, April 22nd,
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Your Old Fire Station -Should you Renovate it or Tear it Down?
So your fire station is at the end of it’s life cycle. What are your options?
Presentor: Bob Mitchell
Weigh the risks and benefits of both renovation and rebuilding.

Saturday, April 22nd,
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Legal Issue for Fire Districts-The Attorney’s Panel
Moderator: - Joseph F Frank
Panel of Experts:
William N. Young 
Thomas Newman 
William Glass
Ray DiRaddo
Kyle Brengel

Saturday, April 22nd,
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (included with conference registration fee)

Saturday Afternoon, April 22nd 

Saturday, April 22nd,
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
“Can’t We all Just Get Along”
The Mock Board Meeting
Commissioners and Chiefs Interacting on Matters that come before the Board.
Moderator—Dave Denniston

This session will build on our past Chief/Commissioner training with the use of a mock meeting to set scenarios on areas of conflict that can arise if the Commissioners and Chiefs are not on the same page. We will also explore the often overlooked or underutilized role of the business officers of the fire company. The Instructors will break down each scenario and offer suggestions on how to get the team on the same page. Areas of discussion will include the budget, major purchases, and the membership process.