Virtual Fall Winter Educational Series


Unfortunately COVID-19 forced us to cancel both the Annual Meeting and the Leadership Summit & Vendor Show. In true First Responder spirit, the AFDSNY has accepted the Challenge and created a new Opportunity to connect with and serve the Fire Districts of New York State.
As an alternative to our regular conference we are hosting a series of virtual educational sessions from October 2020 through March 2021!

2020/2021 Fall Winter Educational Series

9/21 @ 4:430pm
Annual & Special Elections
It's that time of year again, so join Donna Marano and Joyce Petkus as they discuss how to run the Annual and Special Elections.

Saturday - 10/3 @ 9:00am
The Presidents Message & Keynote Speaker

Deputy Chief Tom Richardson
Challenge to Opportunity - Are We Adapting to the Times?
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?

Date & Time TBD
Exposure Controls  "Don't Let Your Guard Down" 

Cancer & COVID-19;  do you have the proper policies in place?  Is your District following "Best Practices"? 
Thursday - 10/29 @ 10:00am
New LGS-1 Schedule; What is it?

Have you heard?  A revised records retention schedule from State Archives is on its way!  The new LGS-1 schedule will replace the current MU-1 schedule.  Join representatives from State Archives as they highlight important changes in the new schedule, explain what your district will need to do to adopt the new schedule, and answer any questions you may have.
Wednesday 10/14 @ 7:00pm

Amy Speach & Gina Marrone
 When it comes to running your Fire District Commissioner meetings even the most experienced Secretary can sometimes find it challenging.     
Join Amy & Gina as they address subjects such as; How to develop a proper Agenda, Publish vs. Post, Executive Session, Meeting minutes & recordings, and so much more!

Saturday - 11/7 @ 10:00am
                                   Law & Legislative Committee Meeting 
Chairman John Wicka will convene a meeting of the Law & Legislative committee to review all the action in Albany this past year, including the IUC Scorecard.  Share the status of any pending legislation and begin planning for 2021.
Wednesday, 11/18 @ 7:00pm
Organizational Meeting

With Amy Speach and Gina Marrone
Using your Organizational meeting to get your Fire District calendar Organized for the entire year!
Start the year off right by setting the schedule and marking your calendars for the entire year.  Gina & Amy will share with you some easy tricks and reminders to help you throughout the year.


Thursday, December 10 @ 7:00pm

HR and Difficult People
It has often been said that running a fire district would be much easier without people or personalities involved. Unfortunately, both come with any organization. Most every business the size of your district will have an HR department or at least an HR Director. That person has a ton of training and knows how to deal with difficult people. In the fire service we often pass that role off to a Chief, President or member of the board to handle. More often than not, the assigned person has little if any HR experience.  During this panel discussion we will look at some of  the challenges fire districts face when dealing with personal and difficult situations.  We will share some policies and plans that every fire district should consider to keep themselves and their members out of hot water.
Monday, December 14 @ 5:00pm
Secretary Round Table with The Ladies

Grab your coffee and breakfast and join Amy Speach, Donna Marano and Gina Marrone for the always interesting roundtable session!  We never know where your questions lead us, but the journey is always fun! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Policies, Procedures & Standards

Greg Serio will lead a discussion about WHAT policies we need and WHY we need them
Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Emerging Topics

Often times in the fire service we learn about emerging topics after our neighbors, or worse yet ourselves, have a series problem.This panel will discuss some emerging concerns for every fire district in the state and suggest actions that you can take to stay informed and out of tomorrows negative headlines in the local paper.
Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 6:00pm
                                             Navigating Excel & Building Pivot Tables
Excel can be a powerful tool to help you make sense of your  data.  In this class Joe Somma will go over some basic principles of Excel, including formatting, sorting, filtering, formulas and shortcut keys. 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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00pm

We know that purchasing new apparatus can be a very challenging task, so we're offering you an
Opportunity to join Mike Wilbur, Tom Rinaldi and Kit Thompson as they discuss apparatus purchases from start to finish!  Guided by the Expert, the Committee member, and the Fire Commissioner, they will walk you through the entire process from needs assessment to paying for the new apparatus upon delivery. 
Wednesday, March 3 @ 7:00pm
Attorney’s Panel

We're not letting COVID-19 stop you from attending the ever popular Attorney’s Panel.  Bring your questions to ask our panel of experts including Bill Young, Bill Glass, Bill Jackson, Pete Weishaar, and Kevin Wicka, along with the Counsel for the Association Mr. Joe Frank.
This is a
GOLDEN opportunity to get information directly from our knowledgeable panel of attorney’s from across NYS.

* NEW Date* Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Discrimination, Diversity and Retaliation; 
Recruiting, Retaining and
Managing Personnel in a Diverse Workplace
A panel of attorneys who specialize in employment practices and labor law will examine the impact that diversity has in the fire service workplace and discuss ways to let the diversification of your workforce assist you in serving your community.

Thursday, March 25th @ 7:00pm
Insurance Panel

Most of us would agree that we pay a lot of money for our insurance. But what are we getting? Do we have the right coverages and values for our exposures? How do we decide which companies are the best fit for our district? What are the value added services that come with your policy? What incidents should we report and when?  If you wait until after you have a claim to get these answers, it is probably too late. We are bringing together a panel of fire district insurance company representatives to answer your questions about coverages and offer suggestions on what to look for next time you are considering proposals.


How Does This Work?

How do I get my link for each session?

Once you've registered you will be listed to receive an email invitation approximately 1 week prior to each session you selected to attend. (every session of you selected to FULL registration). You will receive a reminder  email (also containing a link) 24hours prior to the start of each session.

What happens if I'm not available for the date & time selected for a certain session?
Every session will be recorded with a link that is good for 30 days.  So any registrant that is unable to attend the live session will have access to the video link so they can view it at their convenience.

If I decide to do a Fire District registration, Do I have to list Everyone's name and individual email?
Yes, this allows us to send email links to everyone listed on your registration

Is this replacing Coffee with Commissioners
Absolutely not.  Coffee with Commissioner has been quite popular and informative.  Dave Denniston, Joe Frank and CwC will continue right along  with the   Virtual Fall Winter Educational Series

Who do I contact if I have questions about my registration?
You can contact Cathy DeLuca at or
call 800-520-9594

Registration Options

Individual Registration Options
Full Registration - A single registration fee for ALL of the sessions offered
(Oct. - March 15 sessions)
                Early Bird Registration (9/12 - 10/18)    $110
                Regular Registration (10/19 and after)     $150

Individual Select Sessions Registration - Select and pay for ONLY the          sessions you wish to participate in.
                Early Bird Registration (9/12 - 10/18)    $15 per session
                 Regular Registration (10/19 and after)   $35 per session


Fire District Registration Options
Full Registration - A single registration for ALL educational sessions for up to seven (7) members of  your Fire  District. (Five (5) Commissioners, Secretary and Treasurer)
                Early Bird Registration (9/12 - 10/18)    $500
                Regular Registration (10/19 and after)     $650

Fire District Select Sessions Registration - Select and pay for ONLY the sessions you wish your Fire District to participate in. For up to 7 people
                Early Bird Registration (9/12 - 10/18)      $50 per session
                Regular Registration (10/19 and after)    $75 per session


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