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

2020 AFDSNY Annual Meeting

Direction   Determines   Destination

Where Is Your Fire District Headed?
Keynote Speaker: Deputy Chief Tom Richardson
April 30 - May 2, 2020
Marriott Long Island
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553

Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale NY 11553

Rate: $169 per night
Two (2) night minimum required
Breakfast NOT included

Reservation link and information will be sent to you in your conference registration confirmation email.
Reservation Deadline:
Reservations must be received on or before 12:00am on April 15, 2020.
Cancellation Policy:
An Individual guest may cancel a room reservation, and not be charged for the reservation guarantee, if notice is received 72 hours prior to day of arrival.
Breakfast is NOT included in Hotel room. 
See Registration Options
PDF Attendee Registration Packet
Fast, Easy, Secure Online Registration
For questions or assistance call 800-520-9594 or email program.coordinator@afdsny.org
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Thursday Line Up
The first step to ensure your district is moving in the right direction is to be sure ALL members of your team have the proper training.

Secretary Training               
 $75 - Pre-registration required or $140 Sec/Tress. Combo pkg.
 8:30am-  12pm

In this session we continue with the secretary's responsibilities as it relates to budget reporting and the annual election, expand on the MU-1 schedule, touch upon PESH reporting requirements, and talk about what the new volunteer Firefighter Gap Coverage Cancer Disability law means to you.  And as always, we look forward to where YOUR questions/comments may take us! 

Treasurer Training
 $75 - Pre-registration required or $140 Sec/Treas. Combo pkg.
1pm -  4pm

Join us as we expand on previous training, beginning with the calculation of Statutory Spending Limitation, finalizing the annual budget and tax cap filing with OSC.  Then we'll move on to the  year-end closing process, followed by AUD and audit preparation. Bring your budgets, pencils, calculators and questions! Join Kyle Brengel, CPA as he takes you through the world of the Fire District Treasurer.
Commissioner Training  
$125 Pre-registration required
9:00am - 4:00pm
As required by NYS Comptroller,  the AFDSNY offers Commissioner training for new or returning Fire Commissioners. Registration will include a Slides & Notes manual, Reference Manual, a certificate of completion and lunch.    
Can’t We All Get Along
8:30am –12pm  -  Panel Discussion

 Do you know how to have a good working relationship with your Fire District? Do you have policies in place? How do you handle Chiefs requests? Are you getting the most out of your fire chief? Commissioner Jack Blaum, Commissioner Don Hodgkinson, Commissioner Tom Link, Chief Rudy Sunderman, and Chief Joe Badala, join them as they discuss the need for Commissioners and Chiefs to know and understand their role in a shared vision for the future of the Fire District.

Cancer Risk Reduction
Reducing Occupational Exposure to Fireground Contaminants
1pm - 2:30pm  -  Frank Leeb

 It’s no secret that cancer is one of the most dangerous threats to firefighters. The toxins and carcinogens firefighters are exposed to on scene and through residual effects of firefighting are better  understood now than ever before and require immediate changes in the fire service to reverse the upward trend.
Know your risks and the steps you and your department should be taking to minimize this risk.  This session will discuss best practices and latest studies to provide you with the knowledge necessary to better protect you, your family and your department.
Frank Leeb has served the FDNY since 1992, currently serving in the rank of   Deputy Chief. Frank is the current chair of the FDNY’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup. He holds a BS degree in Fire Service Administration from SUNY and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). He serves as an advisory panel member for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s (FSRI) “Study of Coordinated Attack in Acquired Structures” and is a principal on the NFPA Technical Committee Fire and Emergency Service Organization and Deployment-Career (NFPA 1710). Frank is also a 35 year member and Ex-Captain of the East Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Legislative Updates
2:45pm - 4:00pm

AFDSNY Lobbyist, Todd Vandervort,  along with AFDSNY Directors and Counsel will give a detailed update and answer questions on the current legislative issues.

Friday Line Up
2020 Memorial Service & Annual Meeting
8:30am - 9:45am   
You are cordially invited to attend the AFDSNY 2020 Memorial Service to pay homage to our fallen fire district officers, which will being promptly at 8:30am.  At the conclusion of the services we will have a brief intermission followed by the 2020 AFDSNY
Annual Meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  
Click here to submit an Honoree for the Memorial Service
Keynote Speaker
Deputy Chief Tom Richardson
Direction Determines Destination
Are We Adapting to the Times?
10:00am - 12:00pm

The challenges facing the fire service are many, particularly concerning the volunteer ranks. Join Chief Richardson in an open and  honest presentation and discussion about what we might consider in shaping the   future of the volunteer fire service. What are our options? What are the challenges ahead? Can we afford to doing business as usual?

Tom Richardson is the Chief of Operations for the FDNY with 39 years of service.   Chief Richardson was the Chief of the Deer Park Volunteer Fire    Department (1999-2000, 2009-2011), where he has been a member for 42 years. He has been a Deputy Chief Instructor at the Suffolk County Fire      Academy since 1991.He also serves as a Commissioner in the Deer Park Fire District. His formal education includes a Masters degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in addition to a   Bachelor's degree in Community and Human Services. He also completed FDNY's Fire Officer Management Institute, a Columbia University Executive  Leadership program and the FDNY/USMA at West Point Combating     Terrorism Program.
Emerging Concerns About PFAS:
What Every Fire District Needs to Know
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Dave Denniston & Rudy Sunderman

We have seen a lot of information in the press lately about possible exposure hazards linked back to PFAS found in firefighting foam. Currently, there are both state and federal initiatives to  address the issues and regulate fire department use of class B foam. Hear a from Chief Rudy Sunderman as he shares his first hand experience with dealing with this issue. This session will   provide information on this emerging topics and what your district should do to protect both your firefighters and your community.

Navigating Excel
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Excel can be a powerful tool to help you make sense of your data. In this class we will go over some basic principles of Excel, including formatting, sorting, filtering, formulas and shortcut keys.
The Shared Goals and Objectives of
Emergency Management and Emergency Response
2:45pm - 4:00pm

Join Steven Morelli, Nassau County Commissioner of Office of Emergency Management, as he discusses the best practices when interacting with your County Emergency Management Team.
Pivot Tables;
Using Your Data to Determine Your Direction
2:45pm - 4:00pm

Building upon Excel, learn how pivot tables can be used to analyze and present data in your Fire District. We know that once you start, you'll find so many ways to share data with your Commissioners and Fire Department.

2020 Officers Installation Reception
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$75 per person

You are invited to us for a cocktail reception to celebrate the installation of the 2020 AFDSNY officers.
Registration and fee is required

Saturday Line Up
Can’t We All Get Along? (repeat , in case you missed it)
8:30am - 10:15am
Do you know how to have a good working  relationship with your Fire District? Do you have policies in place? How do you handle a Chiefs requests? Are you getting the most out of your fire chief?

Secretary Treasurer Roundtable
8:30am - 10:15am

We are pleased to bring back one of  our most popular sessions; the Secretary Treasurer Roundtable. Join us for a moderated open discussion of whatever topics come up. Share you issues, concerns, and question as well as your ideas and solutions with your fellow Secretaries and Treasurers from around the State.
Attorney’s Panel
10:30am - 12:15pm

Once again we are pleased to bring back this always popular session. Attorney’s  this year will be; Joe Frank, Bill Young, Bill Glass, Kevin Wicka, and Peter Fishbein.
Discrimination, Diversity and Retaliation Panel
1:00pm - 3:00pm Panel Discussion

Lance Clarke, Esq., attorney for Roosevelt Fire District and Past President of the Nassau County Bar Association and Kevin Wicka, and Peter Weishaar
Excursion to
Nassau County Firemen’s Museum
2:00pm         $10 per person

Join us for a private tour of the nearby Nassau County Firemen’s Museum & Cradle of Aviation.

Vendor  Registration Information
Vendor Online Registration

Vendor Registration PDF

General Information

Displays: Include one (1) draped table, two (2) chairs. Vendors will be set up in the foyer area of the Ballroom. Vendors are not required to be at their booth at any given time, although it is highly recommended that you be present before sessions, during session breaks, meal times, and after sessions.
Setup: Thurs. 4/30 6:30 am -  8:30 am
Breakdown: Sat. 5/2 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Shipping: NO packages will be received prior to Monday 4/27.  All packages must be labeled with the name of the vendor ATTENDING the event. 
Vendors are required to secure their own return shipping.
Hotel Accommodation: Hotel reservations MUST be made by individuals, a reservation link will be embedded in your registration confirmation email. 
Meals:  Meals are not included in the Vendor registration fee. Meal tickets or bracelets will be required for breakfasts and lunches. 
Dinners will be on your own.
Officers Installation reception: $75 per person
Private Tour of Firemen’s Museum: $10 per person

Booth and Sponsorship Options

Gold Sponsorship & Booth    $1,000
Includes: Table top booth, One (1) skirted table, two (2) chairs, two (2) tickets to the Officers Installation Reception, Signage at the event, 1/2 page ad in the 2020 Annual Meeting Program

Booth Only     $300
Includes: Table top booth, One (1) skirted table, two (2) chairs,

Silver Sponsorship   $500
Includes: two (2) tickets to the Officers Installation Reception, Signage at the event, 1/4 page ad in the 2020 Annual Meeting Program

Bronze Sponsorship   $250
Includes: One (1) ticket to the Officers Installation Reception, Signage at the event, listing in the 2020 Annual Meeting Program

Meal Tickets - Breakfast and Lunch ticket may be purchases separately.  Dinners are on your own
Breakfast $45 per person per meal
Lunch $55 per person per meal

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