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2024 MSFA Annual Convention & Conference

Each June, the Maryland State Firemen's Association gathers for its annual Convention and Conference to conduct the business of the association and to provide insightful training and educational sessions for its membership. The MSFA welcomes you, your department, your business to take part in this annual meeting and educational event.

Department Registration

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Location: Convention Center Room 208 Upper Level

Executive Committee Meeting

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Location: Convention Center Room 201 Upper Level

Instructor PDI; TBD

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: MFRI Room 201 This is a 3 hour PDI. Registration is through the MFRI website.

Maryland EMT Skills Recertification (2nd of 2 sessions)

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

This is the 12-hour psychomotor skills session required for Maryland EMT recertification. Class will be conducted in two six-hour sessions. PLEASE NOTE – The student will still need 12 hours of continuing education either online through MFRI or physical attendance at several available sessions.

MSFA/LAMSFA Bingo

Convention Center Dockside Hall 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, United States

Location: Dockside Hall, Convention Center

Miss Fire Prevention Contest

Performing Arts Center, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD, United States

The Miss Fire Prevention Contest will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Instructor PDI; TBD

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: MFRI Room 201 This is a 3 hour PDI. Registration is through the MFRI website.

MSFA/LAMSFA Joint Memorial Service

Bay Front Ballroom, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City

The MSFA/LAMSFA Joint Memorial Service will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center in the Bay Front Ball Room on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Firefighters Nite

Fish Tales Bar & Grill 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City, MD, United States

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services will be hosting Firefighters Nite at Fish Tales Bar & Grill on June 18th at 7:00 PM!

Department Registration

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Location: Convention Center Room 208 Upper Level

Babysitting Safety Workshop (4 hours)

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Lisa Wilson EMT BA is the Family Advisory Network (FAN) Chair for the Maryland EMSC Department and State Partnership Grant Room 202 Child and Babysitting safety is intended for teens and young adults (13-18 years) interested in babysitting as a business, or who have responsibility for younger family members. This course gives teenagers […]

Maryland Recruitment Showcase

Performing Arts Center, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD, United States

Location: Convention Center Performing Arts Center Lobby  

Traffic Incident Management and Post Crash Care for EMS – National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS)

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Joseph Tebo, FHA, Office of Operations; USDOT Program Manager; Todd Leiss, Traffic Incident Management Specialist at Jacobs Engineering Room 201 Joe Tebo will cover how to enhance the survivability of crashes through expedient access to emergency medical care, while creating a safe working environment for vital first responders and preventing secondary crashes through […]

College Degrees: What, When, How

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: John Todaro BA, NRP, RN, TNS, NCEE, CHSE, CHSOS Director/Principal Consultants with Eagle Emergency Education Consultants Room 203 This presentation will discuss what a degree can do to enhance an emergency services provider's career. What degree majors are available and the value they can add to an emergency services provider’s career. How to […]

Neurodiversity & the First Responder

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Dr. Jenelle Abnett; Professor at Neumann University in Aston, PA.; Advisor for the Neumann University Branch of the Philadelphia Eagles Autism Foundation College Program Room 204 Neurodiverse individuals make up 15-20% of the population. This group includes people with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and processing disorders such as dyslexia and dysnomia. Unfortunately, individuals […]

Ready, Set, Go-Team

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Michael Broussard, CRNA; Anesthesia Lead STC Go Team; Shannon Hagan, CRNA Room 205 The Shock Trauma Go Team exists to assist field providers with advanced care. This session will cover the training, capabilities, and the inner-workings of the Shock Trauma Go Team. There will be some case presentations and interactions from the audience.

The Successful Short-Staffed Engine

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Tim O’Connor FF, Lead Instructor with Back to Basics FF Training Room 206 Short Staffing is becoming the norm across America. Instead of giving up, Fire Departments have created ways to overcome. This course focuses on the Engine and how they have overcome the handcuffs of short staffing. It discusses the responsibilities of […]

Death During Search

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Bill Carey, Assistant Editor FireRescue1, EMS1 Room 207 A detailed look at line-of-duty death data involving fireground search. This presentation will cover United States Fire Administration (USFA) data regarding search and rescue on the fireground. The information shared will explain the USFA data, common misconceptions, inaccuracies and deeper, factual details. Errors regarding the […]

Call to Order; Second Session

Performing Arts Center, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD, United States

Location: Bay Front Ballroom, Convention Center

It’s Ok to Say I’m Not Ok

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented By: David Lewis, Instructor; NFA, MFRI, and UMD; Susan Hilton, Damascus VFD, Maryland Room 201 As individuals, we carry the weight of everyday stresses around each day: work, family, financial status, having more time to enjoy life. Couple that with the mental stresses of emergency response: witness to life and property loss, sleep deprivation, […]

Building Communication Skills

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: John Todaro BA, NRP, RN, TNS, NCEE, CHSE, CHSOS; Director/Principal Consultants with Eagle Emergency Education Consultants Room 204 This presentation will discuss the concept of “Role-Play” as an educational tool and how it can be used to improve Communication Skills. Emphasizing role-play’s application in teaching communications skills to improve patient care and leadership […]

Commercial Fireground FACTS

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Chief Christopher J. Naum, SFPE; Chief of Training, Command Institute, Center for Fireground Leadership Room 204 The Buildings and Structures that provide occupancy and use for commercial functions and services continue to evolve at a rapid pace with emerging construction methods, new materials and innovated architectural treatments and emergent engineering practices. Presenting insights […]

Volunteer Fire Department Non-Profit Management

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Jerry Ozog; Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute Room 205 This seminar is designed for board members, administrative, and operational leaders responsible for volunteer fire or EMS organizations. Effective nonprofit management of membership driven organizations requires a unique set of knowledge, skill, and abilities. Leaders have a legal responsibility […]

Street Smart Extrication

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Tim O’Connor; FF, Lead Instructor with Back to Basics FF Training Room 206 Vehicle extrication is a puzzle. But it’s not a normal puzzle; it’s a puzzle with constantly changing rules. Manufacturers strive to make the best vehicles on the road so they can make the most sales. They design their vehicles to […]

Critical Assessment; Thinking About the Call Before It Happens

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Joe Cvach; Battalion Chief, Anne Arundel County FD Room 207 For both fire and EMS incidents, there are multiple assessment pneumonics and tricks to focus on assessment. However, the evaluation begins before the call is even dispatched. Knowledge of the area, familiarity with the community, and even previous interactions go into the assessment […]

Voting Opens

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Pet First Aid and CPR

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Mark Driscoll; Rescue Encore, LLC This is a hybrid course that offers a blended curriculum of Pet CPR & First Aid and Wag’N’s pet oxygen mask training. Because first responders are already trained in bleeding and wound management, we will cover the topic as a refresher. The time saved by reviewing the material […]

Victims, Firefighters, When They Are One and the Same

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Phil Davis Phil Davis is a Clinical Education and Resource Manager for MASIMO Corporation Room 201 This classes focus on firefighter safety and rehab, with an emphasis on carbon monoxide (CO). Additionally, departments are using the technology more and more to determine CO poisoning/exposure on EMS calls. Classes typically run 90 minutes to […]

Pediatric Medical Calls; Beyond the ABCs

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Danielle Joy, Paramedic; EMSC Education Specialist Room 201 Pediatric Medical Calls: Beyond the A-B-Cs. Through the presentation of case studies focused on childhood illness at different ages, this presentation will emphasize the importance of the across the room assessment and clear communication and keep observations skills to prioritize medical emergencies. Pediatric EMS calls […]

Commanding the Mayday

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Douglas Brinkley, Division Fire Chief at BWI Airport Fire-Rescue Department, Fire Chief at Lansdowne VFD in Baltimore County Room 203 This presentation raises conversation and thought about how you, as the incident commander, commands a MAYDAY. When one of your own members are down, what do you do next? Discussion will also include […]

Leadership Personnel Development

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Dustin Housewright, CFO, CEMSO, MIFireE Room 206 Organizations have ignored the responsibility to develop personnel for succession planning, and prepare their leaders to lead rather than manage. Often it is seen as a bad thing to develop others to your knowledge. We will discuss why this is imperative for a high-performing team and […]

The Art of the Company Chauffer

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Engineer, Driver, Technician, Chauffer, Wheelman. Call it what you want, but we can all agree that the driver operator must do more than just drive from the firehouse to the call. During this interactive lecture, we will discuss some of the following questions and topics. -What are some of the responsibilities of the Driver/Operator? Ethical […]

Not Your Garden Variety Fire: Multi-Family Operations

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Kevin Manhardt, Captain; Squad Co 8, Horry County FD Myrtle Beach, SC Room 201 With rapid changes to today’s socioeconomical landscape and the rapid growth of suburban communities, we are seeing more American’s forego the white picket fence to take up residence in a multi-family occupancy. These buildings are also following today’s trends […]

Reading the Building: Building FACTS and the Size-up on Today’s Fireground for Officers and Commanders

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Chief Christopher J. Naum, SFPE; Chief of Training, Command Institute, Center for Fireground Leadership Room 202 Today’s buildings and occupancies continue to present unique challenges to command and operating companies during combat structural fire engagement. Building and occupancy profiling, identifying occupancy risk versus occupancy type, construction methods, features, systems and components require new […]

Vehicle Crash Scene Cues; Size Up Through the Eyes of a Mechanical Engineer

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Dr. Janet Bahouth D.Sc. BMW and Hyundai Accident Research Program Room 203 Automotive vehicles are different today. Roadways are different today. Crashes continue to happen and if you know what to look for at the scene, your patient assessment will be well informed. This workshop will provide a new look at a crash […]

Insurance 101 for Fire and EMS Leaders

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: David Snyder; Risk Management Program Specialist at ESIP Room 204 Fire and EMS agencies have unique challenges when it comes to insurance. As leaders in these organizations, it is important to understand what you are paying for, and what you should expect from your insurance partners. Not every policy is the same, and […]

Implementing a Babysitting Safety Program

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Presented by: Lisa Wilson BA EMT is the Family Advisory Network (FAN) Chair for the Maryland EMSC Department and State Partnership Grant Room 205 This 90-minute didactic presentation is intended for members of Volunteer Fire/ EMS/ Rescue station who are interested in developing a program for babysitting or enhance an existing program. No limit on […]

Joint Installation of Officers

Bay Front Ballroom, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City

The Joint Installation of Officers will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center in the Bay Front Ball Room on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.

OC FOOLS Wicomico Street Block Party

The 13th Annual OC FOOLS Wicomico Street Block Party to Benefit the NFFF is being held on Tuesday, June 20th at 1900 hrs at The Cork Bar, The Bearded Clam, The Crawl Street Tavern.

Prayer Breakfast

American Legion Post 166 2308 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, United States

The Prayer Breakfast will take place at the American Legion Post 166 at 7:30 am on Wednesday, June 21st!

$16.00

$10,000 Raffle Drawing

Bay Front Ballroom, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City

The $10,000 Raffle Drawing will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center in the Bay Front Ball Room on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023.

MSFA Ocean City Annual Parade

Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot 809 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD, United States

The MSFA Ocean City Annual Parade will begin lining up at the Inlet parking lot on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023.

Annual Hair of the Dalmatian 5K

Firefighter Memorial Boardwalk & North Division Street, Ocean City, MD, United States

The 6th Annual Hair of the Dalmatian 5k, sponsored by O.C. FOOLS, starts at the Firefighters Memorial, located at the Boardwalk & North Division Street on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Register Now! $5.00 – $100.00

Executive Committee Meeting

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, United States

Location: Convention Center Room 201 Upper Level

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