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This Weekend--New England F.O.O.L.S





The Northeastern Fire Summit is THE premier Fire Conference in New England.  Hosted annually since 2012 by the New England FOOLS, it is ever adapting, evolving, and simply getting better each year.

2024 will prove to be no different.  A three-day weekend packed full of firehouse culture, firefighter behavioral/mental health awareness, leadership on and off the fire ground, building construction, fire ground tricks, tips, and tactics, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. An array of topics brought to you by a line-up of nationally recognized instructors and fire service leaders from across the country.

Friday to Sunday March 8-10, 2024 at the Village By the Sea in Wells Maine.

Friday March 8th, Doors Open at 1400 with access to the vendor area, lectures beginning at 1500.  1800, doors reopen for pizza & beer and our keynote speaker in the Maine Ballroom.

Saturday March 9th, doors will open at 0745 with access to the vendor area, coffee, and pastries.  Lectures will begin by 0815 with the Leadership track in the Board Room and the Tactical Track in the Maine Ballroom.  Lunch will be served.

Saturday evening’s speaker will be over drinks following a buffet dinner in the Maine Ballroom.

Sunday March 10th, doors open at 0745 with access to the vendor area, coffee, and pastries.  Attendees will gather in the Maine Ballroom for two separate lectures before we say our ‘see you next times’ and head our separate ways.

Three-day conference: $185.00 For FOOLS Members and SMCC Fire Science Students; $200.00 Non-FOOLS Members. Saturday day lectures only; $155.

The Village By the Sea has reserved their entire facility for us this year.  There will be refreshments available all weekend, with lunch and dinner included on Saturday.

Speakers and Classes

Friday Evening Keynote Address Captain Michael Dugan; “Damn That Was Close”.

Weekend Tactical Track:

DC Nick Randall; Solar Emergencies

BC Jim Duffy; It’s Just a Routine House Fire – OR IS IT?

DC Jack Murphy; Community Buildings Are Evolving: Old Mill Buildings vs. Lightweight ‘Toothpick’ Occupancies

BC Chris Sleigher; The Exponential Engine

Lieutenant Steve Holmes; The Weight We Carry

Weekend Leadership Track:

  • AC Walter Lewis; Managing Critical Incidents on the Fireground

  • Captain Rich Stack; Lead From the Front With Actions: Are You the Type of Officer or Firefighter You Want Saving Your Family???

  • DC Anthony Avillo; Full Contact Leadership:  Meeting the Prime Directive

  • Tom Zuppa; Communications for First Responders: How Public Relations Builds Community, Recruitment, and Retention

  • Chief Robert Moran; Developing Effective Leaders: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Gold.

Saturday Evening Dinner & Drinks Presentation Special Agent Wayne Miller; Burn Boston Burn: The Largest Arson Case in the History of the Country

Sunday Presentation Captain Andy Ruiz and BC Tim Kelly; Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Boyd Street Fire

If you are a business owner, vendor or representative and would like to become a vendor for our Northeastern Fire Summit 2024 fill out the forms below.

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