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Annual Symposium

IFCA 52nd Annual Symposium

October 18-20, 2023

The IFCA 52nd Annual Symposium is being held October 18-20, 2023, at the Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria IL. Different time of year but the committee is working hard to include all the favorite events including the Attorney’s Forum and Reception, Thursday Evening Activity and a jammed pack Program for the Illinois Fire Service.

This year will include a luncheon on Wednesday October 18 to install the 2023-24 IFCA Board of Directors.  The luncheon will also recognize the Fire Chief of the Year, Chief Emeritus and Service Awards.

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Please contact the Hotel Directly  A block of rooms has been reserved for the Symposium at the Par-A-Dice Hotel @ $105 per night + 12% tax. Call the hotel direct at 800.547.0711 (Group Code FIRJ23C) or  click on the button above, scroll down to group code and enter FIRJ23C .  Advance Registration Required. Deadline for hotel block rate September 25, 2023. 

Invited speakers include:

Kelvin Cochran

"Shaping the Future of Your Fire Department: Doctrine Never Dies"

"Life After Being a Fire Chief"


Assistant Chief David McGlynn. Letterkenny, PA, Fire Department

“Leadership Lessons: Marionette Managers vs. Real Leaders”


David Hughes, One Digital

“America’s Labor Pool Is Drying Up”


Erik Gabliks, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy (NFA)

“Working for You: The United States Fire Administration's National Fire Academy”


Paul Darley, Chairman, CEO & President of W.S. Darley & Co.

“Using Emotional Intelligence & Authentic Leadership to Create Followers and Leaders in your Fire Department”





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