MFCA Professional Development Conference

Date(s) - 03/27/2024 - 03/29/2024
All Day


The Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association will be hosting its annual 2024 Professional Development Conference at Sunday River Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center, in Newry, Maine on March 27-29, 2024.

The Maine Fire Service Institute and Maine Fire Protection Services Commission will be co-sponsoring the Professional Development Conference. The Annual Membership Meeting will take place Wednesday, March 27 at 3:15 p.m. in the classroom area in the back of the ballroom. The Maine Fire Chief of the Year award (MFCA), Best Practices award (MFPSC) and Instructor of the year award (MFSI) presentations will take place, followed by the Appreciation Hour with the Vendors in the exhibit area.

Keynote Speaker:

Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, Leadership & Team Building Specialist, “Step Up and Lead” Seminar

This conference has a long history of bringing together the region’s fire and rescue personnel, emergency managers, law enforcement officers as well as municipal officials and providing a great venue for learning and the sharing of ideas as well as best practices. Along with this years’ keynote presentation on Thursday, we are offering educational programs on “Fleet Maintenance: A Guide to Proactive Mental Health in Fire Service” and a “Legislative Update” on Wednesday, and sessions on Friday include a “Maine Cancer Data Review” and an “EV/Lithium Battery Presentation”.

Participants will be encouraged to visit the expanded vendor area to view and discuss with the vendors new products services that are available to Fire/EMS responders. Don’t forget to sign up for our signature event on Thursday evening, the “New England Barbeque,” which will take place on Sunday Rivers’ Jordan Hotel again this year. This, along with other networking opportunities, makes the MFCA’s Professional Development Conference at Sunday River the premier Fire/EMS Conference in the region. We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!


Chief Thomas Higgins, President of Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association

Details and Registration

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

  • Noon Registration
  • 12:45 pm Welcome Remarks
  • 1:00-2:30 pm “Fleet Maintenance: A Guide to Proactive Mental Health in the Fire Service,” Jason Mills, Master of Clinical Mental Health
  • 2:30-3:00 pm Legislative Update, Rebecca Graham, MMA Senior Legislative Advocate
  • 3:00-3:15 pm Break
  • 3:15-4:45 pm Annual Meeting & Award Presentations
  • 4:45-6:00 pm Appreciation Hour with the Vendors
  • Dinner on your own
  • 9:30-11:00 pm IPS Annual CAMP Restaurant Event!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

  • 7:00 a.m. Exhibitor Set up
  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration/Coffee & Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Area
  • 9:00-9:30 am Welcome Remarks
  • 9:30-10:30 “Step Up and Lead” Seminar with Keynote Speaker: Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, Leadership & Team Building Specialist
  • 10:30-10:45 am Break/Visit with Exhibitors
  • 10:45-12:00 pm “Step Up and Lead” (Cont.)
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Luncheon at CAMP Restaurant/Visit with Exhibitors
  • 1:00-2:00 pm Joint Board Meeting – MFCA, IAFC, & NEAFC
  • 1:00-2:15 pm “Step Up and Lead” (Cont.)
  • 2:15-2:45 Dessert Break/Visit with Exhibitors
  • 2:45-4:00 pm “Step Up and Lead” (Cont.)
  • 4:00 Adjourn
  • 6:00-8:30 pm New England Barbeque at The Jordan Hotel (optional, see registration form)
  • 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Networking Opportunities to be Announced

Dr. Ray Lankin with United Diagnostic Services will be providing cancer screenings throughout the day in the Simmonds Room. Further information and registration details will be provided.

Friday, March 29, 2024

  • 7:00 a.m. Exhibitor Set up
  • 7:00-9:00 a.m. Registration – Breakfast Buffet at CAMP Restaurant – Visit with the Exhibitors
  • 9:00 am Welcome Remarks
  • 9:00-9:30 am Maine Cancer Date Review, Ray Lankin
  • 9:30-10:45 EV/Lithium Battery Presentation, Scott Luciano, Specialty Response Solutions
  • 10:45-11:00 am Door Prize & Evals Prize Drawings
  • 11:00 am Adjourn

Exhibitor Information

Conference Sponsors

  • Major Sponsor – Fire Tech & Safety
  • Platinum Sponsors – Allegiance Fire & Rescue
  • Vendor Appreciation Social Hour – Fire Tech & Safety
  • Networking & Camp Events – Fire Tech & Safety
  • New England BBQ Social Hour Sponsor – Fire Tech & Safety