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2015 Piedmont Fire Expo Vendor Registration has open!!

Online Vendor registration has begun. Click Here to download a vendor packet. Please read all materials carefully and fill out the application completely. Applications and payment should be submitted on-line by Friday October 31, 2014; to be added to our show program.   All reservations will be confirmed by e-mail. An exhibitor packet will be mailed to you by November 28, 2014. Please indicate the mailing address on the exhibit space contract to send the exhibitor packet. Included in the exhibitor packet will be your confirmation letter with booth space number(s), and other important information. You will need to check-in at the information booth to receive your vendor badges. All spaces are assigned on a “first-come-first-serve” basis.  The Association reserves the right to arrange spaces to accommodate the facilities’ features, life safety codes and other needs to enhance the exhibits.  The numbers of truck spaces inside the buildings are limited to accommodate multiple vendors.



2015 Piedmont Fire Expo



2015 marks the 40th Annual Piedmont Fire Expo. We have returned to the Twin City Quarter (Benton Convention Center) on Friday 10:00AM – 5:00PM & Saturday 8:00AM – 5:00PM.  This two day event is sponsored by the Forsyth County Fire and Rescue Association.

We have two hotels that are proud to host the 2015 Piedmont Fire Expo: Marriott at 425 North Cherry is located across the street from the Expo site. Special Expo room rate of $119.00 per night for any occupancy has been arranged. You may contact the Marriott at (336) 725-3500;  The Embassy Suites at 460 North Cherry Street, it  is located across the street from the Expo site. Special Expo room rate of $129.00 per night for any occupancy has been arranged. You may contact the Embassy Suites at (336) 724-2300.  Make sure you ask for the Forsyth County Fire & Rescue Association rate.



We are proud to announce that Retired Fire Chief of the Lewisville Texas F.D. Rick Lasky will be our keynote speaker on Saturday January 17th at 830AM. Chief Lasky will also be speaking ot a breakout Session on Saturday afternoon at 1:00PM. See below for more information about our keynote speaker and the information he will pesent at each session.




Fire Chief Rick Lasky  




Chief Rick Lasky (ret.) a 34-year veteran of the fire service, served as chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department for 12 years.  Rick followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and while in Illinois received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year”award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program.  Throughout his 30-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter.  He served as the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Survival program at FDIC for over 10 years, is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine and also serves on the FDIC advisory board.  Rick is the author of the best-selling books “Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground” published by PennWell Books and is the co-host for the radio show “The Command Post” heard on Fire Engineering Talk Radio.




Keynote Address: Saturday January 17th 8:30AM


Our History: This Should be Day 1 in the Academy!


 Year after year fire departments all across North America see their new firefighters attend and graduate the fire academy.  But after graduation just how many “get it” and how many truly understand why they are here, why WE are here?  The answers are all in our history.  Join Chief Lasky as he revisits where it all started and where “it” is going.  If you truly want to see where the fire service is headed, then you have to look back at where at all began.




Breakout Session: Saturday January 17th 1:00PM




I am Your Firefighter


Please allow me to introduce myself. I am your firefighter. I'm the one who shows up at the firehouse for my shift, and I'm the one who shows up when the pager goes off. If we passed each other on the street, you most likely wouldn't recognize me. My face may not be familiar. But rest assured, I am your firefighter. I am a brother; a sister; a mom and a dad; a son and a daughter; and, yes, a grandfather and grandmother…




West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Disaster Response and Recovery (Saturday January 17th 9:30AM)


Frank Patterson, Emergency Management Coordinator will discuss the response to the incident from a local perspective as well as discuss challenges that presented themselves during the response and days after


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The presentation will conclude with Lesson learned and ongoing objectives to as we refine our planning efforts


On the night of April 17, 2013, our speaker was called for mutual aid for a fire at the West Fertilizer Company plant.  By the time he arrived, the plant had exploded, killing 12 first responders and 3 civilians.  He was asked to take Incident Command of the chaotic scene.


In the hours, days and months that followed, he established a command structure that carried out fire suppression, search and rescue, public safety, mass casualty, line of duty death, utility restoration, reintegration, demolition, incident investigation, and FEMA assistance functions.






 NCSFA Excutive Director Tim Bradley - Fire Service Legislation (Friday January 16th 1:00PM)


This class will cover the latest in Legislation regarding the Fire Service




Tim Bradley has been in the fire service for 40 years. He began his career on the Mebmane Fire Department holding the position of Chief for deven years. In 1985, he became Excutive Director of the N.C. Fire & Rescue Commission, which handles carious fire and rescue related programs, including all levels of professional certification and qualification. In 1994, he was promoted to the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance in charge of the newly formed Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). He also served as N.C. State Fire/Rescue Training Director. Tim retired from OSFM in 2013 and was hired as the Excutive Director of the NCSFA in the same year. 




Click on the Piedmont Fire Expo tab for additional information, including classes and times.


Awards Presented


On March 11th 2014, the FCFRA held its annual awards dinner. Congratulations to all winners.
Pictured left to right:

Rescue Member of the Year will be posted at a later date upon notification to the winner.

Member Departments