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The 1st Annual Illinois Fire Service Conference  is right around the corner!

Conference Dates:  June 14-17, 2023,  Exhibitor Days:  June 16-17, 2023

We are excited to promote the theme:  Coming Together - Driven by Leadership, Service & Dedication


It's Here.   After many years of discussion and speculation, the IFSC is now a reality. This collaborative endeavor will benefit Illinois fire services now and in the future. We want to thank the many organization leaders, volunteers, committee members, staff, vendors, sponsors, speakers, and attendees who are committed to making this event possible. If you are a Chief Officer, Trustee, Commissioner, Firefighter, or involved in the fire service in any way, this conference is for you as we strive to bring educational content for everyone.

This is your IFSC! Follow the IFSC website and your email for registration and conference updates.  The website will continue to update information.  Check It often. 


Attendee and Vendor Registration is available on the Conference Website


On behalf of the IFCA and the IAFPD, thank you for being a part of this historical event
Damon Schuldt                                                                           John Kachanuk 
IAFPD                                                                                          IFCA 
IFSC Co-Chair                                                                            IFSC Co-Chair


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Updated Hotel Information as of May 22, 2023.

The Four Points Sheraton room block has filled but they will take reservations at the discounted rate (until May 24)

by contacting group sales director Peggy Maloof 309-306-3424


Par-a-dice Hotel & Casino East Peoria (limited shuttle service)

$103/nt free parking Reference Code:   FIRF23C

Guests can call 309-699-7711

Online reservations: and enter code FIRF23C


Residence Inn East Peoria (New hotel located near the I-74 Bridge, a 7 minute drive to Peoria Civic Center_

$149/nt free breakfast and parking

Online reservations link:



See you in Peoria



Future Conference Dates

To Be Announced


In the early years of The IFCA Annual Conference traveled around the State of Illinois.  Departments submitted proposals to host the Annual Conference.  The Chief and his department planned the evening events and chose the Conference Gift to represent their city.  The Chief’s wife planned and hosted the Women’s program.  Exhibits at conferences began with a few table top displays setup in a hotel hallway then to a larger room within a hotel and maybe a few apparatus outside to today where we occupy over 108,00 square feet of the Peoria Civic Center with everything under one roof.

In 1991 the Executive Board determined that the Annual Conference would only be held in fully sprinklered buildings.  Peoria’s Civic Center and adjacent hotels fit the requirement, was centrally located and the Peoria Fire Department welcomed the opportunity to host the Illinois Fire Chiefs on an annual basis.

1951 Bloomington 1973 Collinsville
1952 Springfield 1974 Mattoon
1953 Danville 1975 Arlington Heights
1954 Rockford 1976 Belleville
1955 Peoria 1977 Joliet/Arlington Heights
1956 Bloomington 1978 Rockford
1957 Decatur 1979 Elgin
1958 Mattoon 1980 Rockton
1959 Peoria 1981 Oak Lawn
1960 Danville 1982 Peoria
1961 Quincy 1983 Mundelein
1962 Springfield 1984 Oak Brook
1963 Waukegan 1985 Peoria
1964 Joliet 1986 St. Charles
1965 Kankakee 1987 Rockford
1966 Springfield 1988 Peoria
1967 Galesburg 1989 Champaign
1968 Rosemont 1990 Rockford
1969 Rock Island 1991 Peoria
1970 Effingham 1992 Decatur
1971 Danville 1993-- Peoria
1972 Elmhurst


General Mailing Address:                       Remittance/AR  Address:

PO Box 7, Skokie, IL 60076-0007           PO Box 4424, Lisle,IL 60532
Tel: 847.966.0732
Fax: 847.966.0782

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