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The 2021 KSAFC conference will be held in Topeka, KS October 22-24.

The KSAFC will be holding our 105th annual conference in Topeka, KS, October 22, 23 & 24. We will be hosting a pre-confrence program "Taking Care of our Own" on Thursday. This program is available to anyone. The programs and schedule are being finalized and registration is open below. The Saturday conference program will feature Mr. Mark vonAppen and his "FULLY INVOLVED Leadership" program click here to learn more.

“Fully Involved Leadership is just the thing to give your moral compass a shot in the arm. The program inspires the participants to take charge of their attitude and effort, regardless of their situation, and strive for the common goal of carrying out the mission we swore to complete. This program rekindled a fire in me that I haven't felt since I was a firefighter. It is applicable to all levels of the organization. I highly recommend attending this program.” Christopher W. Cross Chief 

Upcoming events

    • October 21, 2021
    • 09:00 - 16:00 (CDT)
    • Topeka, Kansas
    Register

    The 2021 Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference will be held October 22-24 in Topeka, KS at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center.

    This registration is for a pre-conference workshop that will take place Thursday October 21, 2021. This workshop is free but your registration confirmation will provide access to a special code for a $50 discount for full conference registration or $25 discount for Friday or Saturday.

    Taking Care of Our Own class workbook download

    Taking Care of Our Own®

    Overview

    A fire department does not know when it will have a line-of-duty death or serious injury. Does it have a plan in place? Are personnel records current? Does the department know how to make timely and proper notification to the survivors? Fire chiefs and survivors tell us that most fire departments are not prepared for a line-of-duty death. “Taking Care of Our Own” provides specific information and valuable insights.

    In Module One participants assess their own views and attitudes on key points that the training will cover. Throughout the training, the participants can compare these with some of the principles and procedures being suggested. The first module concludes with first-hand experiences of a chief and a family member whose stories set the stage for the rest of the day.

    Module Two focuses on the importance of pre-incident planning.  It covers: 1) putting together a pre-incident plan for line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries; 2) maintaining up-to-date employee emergency contact information.  Class participants discuss ways to support the family immediately after the death, during the funeral planning and service, and long term.

    Module Three deals with notification of the survivors. It discusses the five basic principles of notification and lets the participants suggest ways to handle difficult situations.

    Module Four covers benefits that may be available to survivors, including the Public Safety Officers' Benefits and State and local support. 

    Module Five presents the basic concepts associated with grief and mourning and explores the challenges of dealing with sudden death. It ends by asking the participants to reframe inappropriate statements commonly made to persons who are grieving.

    The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website www.firehero.org contains extensive information on survivor benefits, ways to support the family, examples of fire department line-of-duty death SOPs, funeral protocols, investigations, and other useful resources.

    • October 22, 2021
    • 08:00 (CDT)
    • October 24, 2021
    • 12:00 (CDT)
    • Topeka, Kansas
    Register

    The 2021 Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference will be held October 22-24 in Topeka, KS at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center. All vendors are required to complete a registration to ensure there is space available.

    Learn more about the Saturday Program and Speaker

    Conference Program - Friday includes updates from around the state and breakout presentations in the afternoon as well as election nominations, vendors and more. Saturday includes and exciting speaker and program (linked above) elections. Sunday concludes with the business meeting - Full Program Coming Soon

    Partner Program - Itinerary includes the historic North Topeka art district (NOTO), The State Capitol, Topeka Vendors Market (NEW) - Full Program Coming Soon

    Lodging -  Guests  need to contact the hotel directly at 1-800-432-2424 or 785-234-5400. The rate is $87 plus tax. You must request "FiRE CHIEFS" rate at time of booking to receive the group rate. Cut off date for group rate reservations is September 29.
    • October 22, 2021
    • 08:00 (CDT)
    • October 24, 2021
    • 12:00 (CDT)
    • Topeka, KS
    • 28
    Register

    The 2021 Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference will be held October 22-24 in Topeka, KS at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center. All vendors are required to complete a registration to ensure there is space available.

    New for 2021 - Sponsorship Options - We have been asked many times for sponsorship options and based on that feedback we have developed options that you may be interested in. Please visit our 2021 Conference Sponsorship page.

    Vendor Introductions will occur during the main conference on Friday morning approximately 10:30 a.m. - you will be notified to line up prior to the scheduled time.

    Vendor Display Hours - Vendor displays are open to attendees from Friday October 22 at 07:30 am until 4:30 pm and Saturday October 23 from 7:30 am until 12 pm (noon).

    Vendor Set-Up - Set up will occur Thursday the 21st starting at 11 am and teardown on Saturday the 19th after 12PM. 

    Vendor Product Demonstrations - 5:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. Friday - To be held at the Topeka Fire Training Facility. This facility is located one block north of the hotel.

    Lodging -  Guests  need to contact the hotel directly at 1-800-432-2424 or 785-234-5400. The rate is $87 plus tax. You must request "FiRE CHIEFS" rate at time of booking to receive the group rate. Cut off date for group rate reservations is September 29.

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