Welcome to AFCA/AFDA Fire & EMS Leadership Conference & Expo 2024

Welcome to the 2024 Edition of the AFCA/AFDA Fire & EMS Leadership Conference & Expo  and Glendale / Westgate - home to the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa, Westgate Entertainment District, Tanger Outlet Mall, Gila River Arena and State Farm Stadium. The host hotel for the 2024 Conference will again be the the Renaissance Hotel. With 320 rooms this 4-star hotel is at the center of the active and growing Westgate Entertainment District.  The hotel is a short walk to Westgate, Tanger Outlets and a variety of other shops and restaurants in the immediate area.  This year's conference features exciting general session presentations, 24 individual workshop presentations, AFDA statutory presentations, a continuation of the NextGen series, a special track for fire marshals and a 1 day seminar for the Administrative Professionals Section. 2024 is a conference you won't want to miss.

Event Details

Questions? Who to Contact

Conference Coordinator
Jim Ford, AFCA Executive Director

AFDA Coordinator
John Flynn, AFDA Executive Director

AFSAP Seminar
Linda Annoreno AFSAP Chairperson

Expo Coordinator 
Keith Eaton

Hotel Questions
Andrea Glass
480-858-7201 (w)
480-600-6927 (c)

Golf Tournament Co-Chairs
Dave Niehuis

James Hernandez

 Host Hotel

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa
9495 W Entertainment Blvd
Glendale, AZ  85305


As in the past a variety of networking opportunities will be available at this year's conference including a variety of meal functions, interactive workshops, sponsored events and an evening at TOP GOLF to support conference scholarship funding.

See information on the Taco Tuesday and Top Golf events below.


A number of awards are presented during the conference opening ceremonies including the Alan V. Brunacini Chief Officer of the Year and the Bob Weber Lifetime Achievement Awards.  For information on how to nominate an individual for either of these two awards open the PDF below.  To nominate an individual use the Nomination Link below.

AFCA Awards Nomination Worksheet


Special Recognition

AFCA Is pleased to announce that the Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Foundation will be recognized this year during the conference opening ceremonies for their generous contribution in support of the Arizona L.A.S.T.  



The AFCA/AFDA Fire/EMS Equipment & Technology Expo features over 120 exhibitors with the latest in emergency service equipment and technology.

Expo Hours
July 17 - 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
July 18 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2024 AFCA W-9

Golf Tournament

21st Annual Steve Alley Memorial
Golf Tournament

Sponsred by:
CORE Construction

The 21st Annual Steve Alley Memorial  Tournament will be held again this year at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.  

Use the  registration links below if you wish to play golf or
become a golf sponsor

but WILL NOT be attending the conference


2024 AFCA W-9

Keynote Presenters

Dr. Patricia Moore



Patrick Kenny

Fire Chief (ret), Speaker, Author

Jessica Cox

Motivational Speaker & Life Coach


Taco Tuesday



2024 AFDA/AFCA Top Golf Scholarship Challenge



Hosted By

Tuesday , July 16   6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Back Again This Year ! !

Enjoy an evening of tacos, drinks,  networking and Fun at Carousel Westgate Arcade Bar  in the Westgate Entertainment District.

A retro arcade bar with a selection of games, pinball machines, ping pong tables and a themed cocktail menu.  The facility will be open to conference attendees only.

There is no cost to attend the event and all conference registrants are welcome

Signature Sponsor

Wednesday,  July 17   6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Transportation from the Renaissance Hotel and back beginning at 5:30 p.m. courtesy of VFIS of Arizona

Bay sponsors include  Northern Arizona Inspectiion Services,  Guardian Air,  Brenckenridge Group Architects,  First Due, CORE Construction, Banner Air, and 7710 Insurance.

Dine on a buffet of Nashville Hot Chicken and Beef Brisket with all the fixins - then move on to play in different challenges set up by our bay sponsors. Visit each sponsor for additional refreshments and play for prizes.

Cost for the evening is $50 per person.  All ages are welcome.

Select the "Top Golf" option in the conference registration system or update your current registration


Download the App

Get the powerful, easy-to-use mobile app that will make sure you get the most out of this year's conference.

For presentation information, speaker bios, session locations, session ratings, exhibitor information and locations up-to-the-minute updates and notificatinos and to get the most from your conference experience download the 2024 Conference Mobile App. Available at no charge for conference attendees for iPhone and Android mobile devices.

How to Get the Moble App

1.  Go to the App Store on your mobile device
2.  Download the "Aventri Events" app
              NOTE: be sure to allow location and push notifications while in the app
3. Enter Access Code:  359900
4.  Enter the email address you used to register for the conference as your user name
5. Enter your 8 digit Registration ID as your password  (your registration id can be found on your registration confirmation or your conference badge)


Your Input Is Important - Please Use the App and Rate the Sessions You Attend

Please use the “Session Rating” feature located on the home screen of the mobile app to rate the sessions you attend. This will help us in determining whether or not we hit the mark for this year and in planning for next year’s educational sessions. For repeated sessions please be sure you select the correct session for your rating (i.e. the first session listed is session 1, the second listing is session 2). It’s quick and easy to give us valuable feedback.

2024 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to this year's sponsors - without you the conference would not be possible

Platinum Sponsor



Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors