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MVD Fire Chiefs Conference 2018 date_range Wed, Jul 18, 2018 - Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Welcome to Davenport, Iowa!

Welcome to Davenport, Iowa!

We are honored to be the host city for the IAFC 2018 Missouri Valley Division conference. The focus of the conference will be Taking Care of Our Own with speakers on the importance of behavioral health, surviving PTSD, and inclusiveness. In addition, Corey Ciochetti, a popular speaker in Breckenridge will be with us again. We hope you will be joining us for exciting speakers, networking with colleagues, and hearing what the Division Board is doing to support you. Davenport and the Quad Cities region will offer you both the opportunity to learn and to have fun!

Everything you need to now about the conference is available in the Attendee Prospectus and within this conference site. Links for registration and lodging are provided. Please be aware that some information is tentative so check back for updated information. If you have questions, please contact the Conference Coordinator.

We look forward to seeing you in July!

Chief Mike Brown                  Interim Chief Jim Bickford            Chief Jerry Ewers              Lynn Washburn-Livingston

Clinton Fire Department       Davenport Fire Department     Muscatine Fire Department     Conference Coordinator   

Radisson Quad City Plaza

The Radisson Quad City Plaza is in the heart of downtown Davenport just two blocks from the mighty Mississippi. It is across the street and connected to the River Center conference center and a city parking ramp by a skywalk. This atrium style hotel has a restaurant, bar lounge, indoor pool, and outdoor pool deck. For your convenience, there is a complimentary shuttle from the Quad City International Airport.

Room rates are $129 standard and $169 suite with riverfront view rooms available.

Register now!  Rate Code: CHIEFS 

Or, you can call 563-322-2200 and mention the MVD Chiefs Conference when making your reservation. Download the lodging flyer here.

Register for the 2018 Conference in Davenport, Iowa

Attendee registration includes the welcome reception, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, all breaks, and the dinner river cruise. Family members are welcome to join you at the meals according to the pricing below.

Please enter Guest name(s) on the attendee registration page.

                                          By May 13     After May 13

IAFC member                        $350                $375

Non-Member                          $375                $400

Lifetime member                    $125                $150


Optional meal registration

Breakfast                                                        $22 (Th)          $24 (F)

Lunch                                                              $22 (Th)         $24 (F)

Welcome reception and ballgame                  $35 (W)

Dinner banquet river cruise                            $50 (Th)


Activity registration

Golf outing                        $60

LeClaire excursion            $15


Registration and payment through this link:      


The RiverCenter is also located in the heart of downtown Davenport with over 30,000 square feet of space. It is connected to the Radisson Quad City Plaza and the parking ramp. It has complimentary wireless internet and contains a visitor information center with gifts and souvenirs.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, July 18                              

0900-1600 Registration                              

0900-1600 Golf outing                              

1500-1700 Vendor exhibits open                 

1700-2100 Welcome reception                    

Thursday, July 19                                     

0700-0800 Registration                                

0700-0800 Breakfast with exhibitors           

0800-0930 Opening ceremonies                                                                

0930-1015 Break with exhibitors

1015-1200 Keynote speaker

1200-1315 Lunch with exhibitors

1315-1430 Speaker

1430-1500 Break with exhibitors

1500-1630 Speaker

1630-1730 Open

1730-2100 Dinner river cruise

Friday, July 20

0700-0800  Breakfast with exhibitors

0800-1000 Speaker

1000-1030  Break with exhibitors

1030-1200  Speaker

1200-1330  Lunch with exhibitors

1330-1430  Speaker

1430-1600  MVD business meeting

1600 Conference adjourns

Welcome Reception: Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park

This event is included in attendee registration. Additional tickets are available through the registration link.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Get ready for an evening of fun with friends, dinner, and a ballgame at Modern Woodmen Park! Watch the 2017 Midwest League champion River Bandits, a Houston Astros Class ‘A’ affiliate team, take on the South Bend Cubs. There will even be a chance for you to throw out a first pitch! For more fun, ride the Ferris wheel to see stunning views of the park and the Mississippi. For the children you bring along, other amusement rides at the park include a double decker carousel, bumper cars, zip-line, and drop-n-twist.

* Additional guest ticket cost $35 for dinner and the game (3 and under no cost)

* Shuttle provided or walk along the river (3/4 mile, 15 minutes)

* For information on the Bandits and the ballpark

Dinner Aboard the Celebration Belle

This event is included in attendee registration. Additional tickets are available through the registration link.

Thursday, July 19

Dinner tonight will be aboard the paddlewheel Celebration Belle river boat. The Captain’s dinner will feature prime rib and cranberry glazed chicken breast. After dinner, the cruise band will entertain with a wide variety a music from country to rock-n-roll.

* Cruise time 6:30pm – 9:00pm

* Additional guest ticket cost: $50 (adult and child over 3)

* Shuttle provided


Jeff Dill - “An Internal Size-Up: The Importance of Increasing First Responder Mental Health Awareness” is dedicated to educating attendees on the stress, anxiety, PTSD, and other behavioral effects on firefighters. Jeff Dill is the founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, whose mission is to collaborate, develop, and implement behavioral health awareness, prevention, and post-crisis strategies specifically for the fire service.   He holds a Master’s degree, is a licensed counselor, and as a retired Captain from Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, IL he understands the unique challenges faced by firefighters.

Nathan Stoermer - “My Battle with PTSD: The Danger We All Face.” As a firefighter who has struggled with PTSD, Assistant Chief Stoermer from Eudora, KS passionately shares his story in the hope that others may feel more comfortable sharing theirs.  In this session, you will hear from a suicide attempt survivor and now champion of first responder mental health awareness. Chief Stoermer will share his story in order to help others who are faced with their own behavioral health difficulties.

Corey Ciochetti - A favorite speaker at the conference in Breckenridge, Corey is joining us again to present another one of his energizing talks.  An Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the University of Denver, Corey speaks each year about “authentic success” and living an ethical life. He has spoken in over 125 cities and 34 states over the past five years and is adding Iowa to the list when he joins us. In his talks, Corey conveys his passion for a life filled with genuine contentment, strong personal relationships, and a solid character. The message Cory shares this year will again be energizing and motivating for all.

Cassi Fields - An organizational and industrial psychologist, Dr. Fields has worked in the performance assessment industry for more than 20 years. She is a nationally known expert in public safety testing projects, with special expertise in assisting departments that have been accused of bias in their personnel practices.  She founded the Limited Exposure Theory Corporation, which explains why barriers to advancement exist and suggests that some – most often females and those from disadvantaged backgrounds – lack access to the vital information/knowledge they need to get a job or advance in their careers. Dr. Fields presentation will help highlight the need to move past diversity to inclusiveness.

Dan DeGryse - Dan is the Director of Rosecrance Florian Program, dedicated to and specializing in helping fire service members who need substance abuse treatment and care for job-related PTSD, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues. He also has more than 27 years of experience as a firefighter and officer with the Chicago Fire Department, currently holding the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He served as the Coordinator of Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program and holds certifications in employee assistance and counseling. Dan operated in the capacity of peer supporter in New York after the terrorist attack on 9/11 and in Chicago following the E2 nightclub disaster.

Golf Outing

This optional activity can be booked through the registration link.

Thank you to the local 1-800-BoardUp for managing this year’s golf outing. Join friends at Palmer Hills Golf course in Bettendorf, IA for a day of golf, food, and fun. Palmer Hills is an award winning public 18 hole golf course designed by William J. Spear. Established in 1974, Palmer Hills is home to 100 year old oak trees, rolling hills, ponds, and a meandering creek that comes into play on 11 holes. A variety of teeing options make the hills and water a challenge that is playable for golfers of all levels.15 minutes from downtown Davenport. Choose this activity on the registration form. Cost $60 includes round of 18 holes, green fees, cart, and lunch.

Guest Activities & Tours

These optional activities can be booked through the registration link.

LeClaire, Iowa excursion - Visit historic LeClaire for boutique shops, wine-tasting or a stop at the distillery, wander in antiques shops, visit the chocolatier or Buffalo Bill Cody museum, meander into Antique Archeology the home of American Pickers, stroll along the Mississippi, and enjoy lunch in this picturesque river town. Shuttle service will transport you to this historic community just 30 minutes from downtown Davenport and have you back in time for the dinner river cruise. Choose this family activity on the registration form. Tentative time 10:00am – 3:00pm. Cost $15.

Downtown Davenport - Walking or biking along the river, museums, historic sites, art, micro-breweries, shopping, and Midwestern friendliness! Explore the downtown at your leisure! Information will be provided in family registration packets. No registration cost.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The Missouri Valley Division recognizes that our support for your company, products, and services is as important to you as your support is to us. Your participation in the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor provides that mutual benefit opportunity and is vital to our success. Benefits for you as an exhibitor include:


Sponsorship of the conference provides you with additional benefits according to the level of support. This will allow your company, products, or services to be highlighted. In addition to conference meals, sponsors will the dinner river cruise is also included with sponsorship.

Whether you are an old friend or a new one, we look forward to welcoming you to Davenport and seeing what products and services you have to offer that will help enhance our work in our communities.

Registration and payment through this link:

Please see the Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus for what the registration includes or contact the Conference Coordinator for more information.

Missouri Valley Division Leadership

The Missouri Valley Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs is dedicated to supporting the professional development of its members through educational, leadership, and networking opportunities while serving as liaison between state chief’s organizations and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Member states in the Missouri Valley are Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The Division Executive Board members and State Directors for 2017-2018 are:

Executive Board                             

President- Chief Mike Snyder, Liberty, KS

1st Vice-President- Chief Doug Hall, Westminster, CO

2nd Vice-President- Chief Lynn Washburn, Davenport, IA

Secretary- Chief Jack Taylor, Emporia, KS

International Director- Chief Jerry Rhodes, Centennial, KS

Past President- Chief Jim Wamsley, Rock Springs, WY   


State Directors

Colorado   Chief Ken Watkins, Grand Junction

Iowa   Chief Jerry Holt, Urbandale

Kansas   Chief Mark Bradford, Lawrence

Missouri   Chief Rick Poeschel, Lee’s Summit

Nebraska   Chief Brian Daake, Beatrice

North Dakota   Chief Joel Boepsflug, Bismarck

South Dakota   Chief Mike Maltaverne, Rapid City

Wyoming   Chief Craig Haslam, Riverton

Department Hosts

Your hosts for this year’s conference are the fire departments of three Mississippi river cities. Thank you to the Chiefs and their staffs for their collaborative effort in planning for a successful event.

Clinton Fire Department – Led by Chief Mike Brown, the citizens and visitors of Clinton are proudly served by forty-five full-time dedicated men and women of the Clinton Fire Department (CFD) who operate out of three stations strategically located throughout the community to provide rapid response to emergency calls for assistance. CFD responds to an average of 4200 fire, rescue and emergency medical services calls per year. They also provide a wide variety of non-emergency services that assist in reducing the loss of life and property including fire prevention education, home and business inspections, fire code enforcement, smoke detector installation, and blood pressure screening. CFD Credo: Honorable in our conduct – Loyal to our Mission – Trusted by our community CFD Vision: To be dynamic, critical thinkers. To remain highly trained and technologically advanced. To provide extraordinary customer focused prevention and emergency services always.

Davenport Fire Department – under the leadership of Interim Chief Jim Bickford, the Davenport Fire Department (DFD) is an Accredited Agency with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International that. DFD currently staffs eight engine companies and three truck companies with 133 personnel. Those companies respond to over 19,000 emergency incidents per year including structure fires, emergency medical calls, hazardous materials calls, technical rescues, and citizen's assists. The department is quite proud of its prevention programs that include education for all ages and comprehensive commercial inspections. DFD is also proud of its efforts to reduce the City’s ISO rating from 3 to 2 in 2017. DFD Mission: The Davenport Fire Department is a proud organization which exists to protect life and property through education, prevention and response.

Muscatine Fire Department

Chief Jerry Ewers leads the Muscatine Fire Department (MFD) in providing fire protection and ambulance services to the city as well as ambulance service for the surrounding townships and Western Illinois. The 43 dedicated members of MFD also provide fire protection and hazardous material response to contracted areas through automatic and mutual aid agreements. In 2016, there were over 4,700 responses. MFD Mission: It is our mission as members of the Muscatine Fire Department to safely provide quality emergency services to the community through the protection of life, property, and the environment from the effects of medical emergencies, fires and other hazards and to reduce these threats through fire prevention and public education. MFD Philosophy: Service and protection with Pride, Honor, Loyalty, Courage, Compassion, Respect, Teamwork, and Safety.

Conference Contact

Lynn Washburn-Livingston

Conference Coordinator