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Firehouse Expo 2023

Event Details

As Firehouse Expo celebrates its 40th anniversary in serving the fire service with education, training and networking, our theme for 2023 is “A Million Reasons Why.” What’s your “Why?” What inspired you to join the fire service? Who do you put the hours in for? What motivates you to answer the call, no matter the cost? In 2023, they salute your “Why” and are committed to providing you with the training, education, and tools you need – just like they’ve done for the last 40 years. 

Support the Foundation During the Convention
2019 Firehouse Expo 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
The Firehouse Expo 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a timed race, but a way to remember the FDNY firefighters who died on 9/11/2001. The event benefits FDNY CSU and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.


Sep 29 2023


Huntington Park
330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, OH

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 29 2023
  • Time: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Hourly Schedule

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Maximize Your Impact Within the Fire Service: Learn Effective Methods to Achieve Change and Become an Influence Among the Nation's Fire Service
This presentation will provide fire service leaders with an understanding of their individual ability to influence and empower them to achieve change and success. The combination of the presentation and small-group discussions will provide examples of successful implementation and influences among fire service agencies and organizations. Successes and failures both will be revealed, and each will be applied to the attendees’ understanding of how to overcome barriers and challenges. Opportunities that are available by working at the local, state, regional, and/or national level organizations will be highlighted to inspire leaders to become involved. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 16 Fire Life Safety Initiatives will be reviewed and applied during the presentation. Challenges and barriers faced in leading change among people, along with experiences and lessons learned, will be discussed, and tools to achieve change will be given to the attendees. Group discussion and feedback will be used to guide the presenters to meet the needs of the participants. Once the helpful steps are covered, the participants will be given information and examples of how they can become involved in fire service organizations and opportunities to become an influence in the fire service. Each participant will leave knowing that they can be successful in achieving change and be inspired to seek opportunities to become active in the fire service.
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Lessons Learned from a Firefighter Line-of-Duty Death: Company Officer Edition
A lot of lessons can be learned when a firefighter dies in the line of duty, from the technical aspects to the effects on personnel, and this presentation will look at a line-of-duty death incident to examine what happened. From the personnel aspect, the Company Officer is one position within the organization that can become isolated through the grieving and recovery phases due to a wide range of unique emotional, personal, political, social, legal, and relational aspects. Only someone who has experienced such an event can truly relate to these situations. To address the distinct need to support these individuals in their healing and recovery, and in an effort to ensure no one has to “walk alone” after a line-of-duty death, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has developed several uniformed peer support program initiatives. This presentation will also discuss the Chief to Chief, Incident Commander to Incident Commander, Company Officer to Company Officer and Coworker to Coworker programs. Speakers will include personnel who have experienced a line-of-duty death in their department to share their story, discuss lessons learned, and relate to the importance of the peer support programs.
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hours

Thursday, September 28, 2023

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hours

Friday, September 29, 2023

9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hours
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Firehouse Expo 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
Huntington Park


Sep 25 - 29 2023

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 25 - 29 2023


Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 South High Street, Columbus, OH
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