2014 Conference for N.C. Chiefs Feb. 5-9

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01/23/2014 -

The 2014 Mid-Winter Conference will be held Feb. 5-9, 2014 at the Concord Convention Center, Concord, N.C. Concord Fire and Life Safety and the Cabarrus County Firemen’s Association are hosts of the event.


New this year is the one-day exhibit hall pass. The cost is $10 per day, either Friday or Saturday, but does not include lunch on Friday.

The annual golf tournament will be held at the Rocky River Golf Club on Thursday, Feb. 6 with a 11 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $55 per player. Visit www.NCAFC.com for more details.

Dave Sanderson Keynote Speaker

Dave Sanderson is the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Fire Chief of the Year Banquet to be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8.

On January 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived “The Miracle on the Hudson.” When a bird strike hit U.S .Airways Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place and the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.

Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave Sanderson became the last person off of the back of the plane that day, and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. Exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, doctors feared that he would suffer a heart attack or stroke from the dangerous conditions. Miraculously, he returned to his job as a sales manager that following Monday, and has since become the face of the everyday American hero. To Dave Sanderson however, doing the right thing came naturally. When confronting potential tragedy, he remembered the words of his mother, “If you can’t, you must,” and summoned the inner strength to persevere.

An inspiring survivor, Dave Sanderson was an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. Sharing the lessons of that day with audiences around the country, he shows that in any circumstance, positive thinking and leadership can turn anyone into a hero. Dave is married to Terri and has four children, Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance and resides in Charlotte, N.C.

New Spouses Program

New for this year is a special Spouses Program on Friday, February 7, 2014, starting at 8:30 am with a welcome, invocation and introductions. At 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m., Dr. Mark Holland will give a keynote address to the spouses and present an exciting program designed specifically for the spouses of fire officers.

Mark Holland, PhD, is a native of Raleigh, N.C. He began his career in emergency services in 1983. He is credentialed as a paramedic, endorsed public safety chaplain, licensed professional counselor and ordained minister. He is currently serving full-time as the EMS division chief with Parkwood Fire/EMS in Durham, N.C. and assistant professor of graduate counseling at Liberty University. Dr. Holland serves as the chaplain with the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.ncfff.org) and is the founder/executive director of The Chaplaincy Institute for Emergency Services (www.cifes.org).

The program presented by Dr. Holland is a must for any spouse of a fire officer. Due to available space the seating will be limited. The spouse’s program attendee can join their spouses for the buffet lunch in the exhibit hall. Starting at 1:00 p.m., there will be a vendor area set up just for the spouses with a select number of independent specialty vendors from the local area. The cost of the program will be $30.00 to cover the expenses associated with setting up this program and lunch with their spouse in the exhibit hall.

Some Conference Classes Included

  • ISO/DOI 2014 Rating Schedule – Training Course by A.C. Daniels and Davie Summey
  • Continuing Education – Carolina B&C by Phillip Davis
  • “It’s About Cooperation” by Keynote Speaker Tim Bradley
  • “Fire Service and the Affordable Care Act – What’s the Impact” presented by Jeff Cash
  • “Ten Ways to Kill Your Fire Department and How to Prevent Them” presented by William Jenaway

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