145th Annual Convention

August 9-12, 2017
Syracuse, NY

FASNY invites you to join us at the 145th annual Convention as we work toward “Building a Healthier, Stronger and Safer Volunteer Fire Service.”

As the largest gathering of volunteer firefighters in the state, the Convention is your once-a-year opportunity to train, network and celebrate with your brothers and sisters in service.

We’ve planned informative seminars, hands-on training and social events that you won’t want to miss August 9-12 in Syracuse. We hope to see you there!

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Convention Schedule

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Event Location Time
Early Registration 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Past Presidents Barbecue 6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Event Location Time
Memorial Service 8:00 a.m.
Opening Session Immediately following Memorial Service
2% Tax Forum 1:00 p.m.
Michael D. Whelan Walk in the Park Onondaga Lake 4:00 p.m.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Event Location Time
Registration 7:00 a.m.
Ninth Annual Youth Day
Sponsored by
Syracuse Fire Department Training Center 7:00 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Program Starts
FASNY Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting Holiday Inn – Ballroom Center 8:00 a.m.
Eighth Annual Training Series
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8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fourth Annual FASNY Fallen Firefighters Golf Tournament
Awards Banquet Sponsored by
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Drumlins Country Club 10:30 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
6:00 p.m. Dinner with Guest Speaker,
Dan Conley (Previous Linebacker and Coach for SU)
Hands-On Training
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7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
FASNY Scholarship Fund Event 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Event Location Time
Registration 8:00 a.m.
Closing Session 9:00 a.m.
Heroes Award Ceremony
Sponsored by VFIS
11:00 a.m.


Eighth Annual Training Series – Friday, August 11, 2017

Operational Excellence on Today’s Evolving Fireground

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

By Chief Christopher J. Naum

There is an immediate need for today’s emerging and operating command and company officers to increase their foundation of knowledge and insights related to modern fire dynamics, building occupancy, building construction and fire protection engineering. This presentation teaches how to adjust and modify traditional and conventional strategic operating profiles using modern research-based tactics to safeguard companies, personnel and team compositions. This is an interactive and thought-provoking presentation that challenges conventional fire service paradigms and explores leading-edge theories and fire service discussion points from across the American fire service with direct application to today’s career, volunteer and combination fire departments and personnel.

Volunteer Fire 2025

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

By Michael Dallessandro

This presentation reviews differences in society between today, when some volunteer fire departments struggle, and past years, when the volunteer fire service flourished in most communities. A fast-forward look to the future will discuss how a volunteer fire department may look in 2025 and beyond, barriers to our long-term success and outside-the-box options for survival such as combination, county-wide, live-in and paid on call configurations.

Modern Firefighting … What Works for You?

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

By Chief John Salka and Chief Ed Buchanan with Moderator John S. D’Alessandro

Recent research from the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Safety Research Institute and National Institute of Standards and Technology shows modern fire behavior presents many new challenges. The presenters outline those challenges and lead discussion of many different viewpoints during this informative seminar. Topics discussed include using outside streams for fire attack; attacking fire from the unburned to the burned; how to handle ventilation of limited fires; keeping the wind at your back; considering flow paths; and controlling the door.


Hands-On Training – Friday, August 11, 2017

By Jerry Knapp of Rockland County Fire Training Center, Captain Chris Flatley of the FDNY, Past Chief Tim Pillsworth of Winona Lake Engine Co. No. 2, and Dave Walsh, Chair of the Fire Science Program at Dutchess Community College

This hands-on course teaches critical skills for effective fire attack in residential areas, including:

  • Target Flow – How to flow test a fire attack system (intake of engine to discharge of nozzle), things that impact flow, establishing target flow, the impact of quality and size of hose on flow, the effect of kinks on fire attack system flow, how to flow test all types of nozzles including automatic nozzles and demonstrate low flow nozzle streams
  • New Nozzle Techniques – New nozzle techniques based on UL research for exterior fires, basement fires, first-floor fires, second-floor fires and attic fires
  • Fire Attack Team – Hands-on review of critical skills for the following positions: engine officer, nozzleman, backup and door man
  • Nozzle Options – Solid bore, combination, automatic (low pressure and dial-able pressure), combination solid/combination and low-pressure combinations (50 and 75 psi) nozzle type advantages and disadvantages, demonstration of each and duties of the backup man and nozzle man will be reviewed and practiced to perfection

There is no live fire, so no SCBA is required on site. Full turnout gear and Chief’s training authorization form are required. There is no available PPE on site. Training consists of four stations with about two hours spent at each. Each station will have simulated fire attacks as time allows.


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