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

Welcome to Davenport, Iowa!

It is an honor 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 mental health awareness, 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 citites region will offer you both the opportinity 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                   Chief Mike Carlsten                      Chief Jerry Ewers                         Lynn Washburn-Livingston

Clinton Fire Department         Davenport Fire Department            Muscatine Fire Department          Conference Coordinator

Sponsored By

Platinum Sponsor- FirstNet Built with AT&T

Gold Sponsor – Rosecrance Health Network

Gold Sponsor- 1-800-BoardUp

Silver Sponsor - Panther Uniforms, Inc.

Silver Sponsor - PCC - Ambulance Billing

Bronze Sponsor - Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects

Bronze Sponsor- Sandry Fire Supply

Bronze Sponsor- Veridian Fire Protective Gear

Platinum Sponsor

Thank you to FirstNet Built with AT&T for being a platinum sponsor.

Gold Sponsors

Thank you 1-800-BoardUp & Rosecrance Health Network for being Gold Sponsors.

Silver Sponsor

Thanks you to our Silver Sponsors!

Bronze Sponsor

Thank you to Sandry Fire Supply Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, and Veridian Fire Protective Gear for being Bronze Sponsors.

Attendee Lodging


Attendee Lodging

Please note: If you are an Exhibitor, please see the Exhibitor Lodging tab for hotel reservation information.

There are now two hotel options for attendee lodging. If you need to include Friday night 7/20 in your reservation, the Blackhawk Hotel will be the best option.

Radisson Quad City Plaza

1) Radisson Quad City Plaza

The host hotel for conference attendees is the Radisson Quad City Plaza. In the heart of downtown Davenport and just two blocks from the mighty Mississippi, it is across the street and connected to the River Center conference center. Parking is available in the hotel lot, in lots across the street to the south of the hotel on River Dr., or in the city parking ramp connected by a skywalk to the hotel. 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: $129 standard and $179 suite with riverview rooms available.

Register now!  Rate Code: CHIEFS

After entering your dates, click on “More Search Options” and enter “Chiefs” in the Code box.

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

Hotel Blackhawk

2) Hotel Blackhawk

Voted the #1 hotel in Iowa, the historic Hotel Blackhawk is on the opposite side of the conference center from the Radisson. Walk across the street or take the skywalk to the conference, Parking is available in the hotel parking lot or the River Center parking ramp across the street. This boutique style hotel has a bistro, spa, indoor pool, and martini bar/bowling alley on the lower level. There is a complimentary shuttle from the Quad City International Airport.

Room rates: $149

Register now! Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Conference Block No rate code is needed.

Exhibitor Lodging

Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

Due to expected strong attendance at the conference, a separate block of rooms for Exhibitors has been secured for $99 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rock Island. Frequently designated as the overflow hotel, the Holiday Inn is a quick 6 minute drive across the river from the Radisson. Please secure your rooms at this hotel. Please contact the Conference Coordinator if you have any questions.

2018 Missouri Valley Chiefs Conference

Register for the 2018 Conference in Davenport, Iowa

If you need to pay for guest meals/activity separately, the guest must have her/his own registration. If you need to pay for golf separately, please do a separate registration or contact the Conference Coordinator.

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.     

                                          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.

Agenda (Updated 2/9/18)

Tuesday, July 17

     1300-1600 Registration

     1500-1700 Division Executive Board meeting

Wednesday, July 18                                     

     0800-1600 Registration                                  

     0900-1500 Golf outing

     1400-1600 ISO PPC Classification Updates        

     1500-1700 Exhibitors open                           

     1730-2100 Welcome reception                      

Thursday, July 19                                             

     0700-0800 Registration                                  

     0700-0800 Breakfast with exhibitors                    

     0800-0915 Opening ceremonies                                                                

     0915-1000 Break with exhibitors

     1000-1200 Keynote speaker – Jeff Dill, “The Importance of Internal Size-Up”

     1200-1315 Lunch with exhibitors

     1315-1430 Speaker – Asst. Chief Nathan Stoermer, “A Survivor’s Story”

     1430-1500 Break with exhibitors

     1500-1700 Speaker – Dr. Corey Ciochetti – “Inspire Integrity”

     1730-2100 Dinner river cruise

Friday, July 20

     0700-0800 Breakfast with exhibitors

     0800-1000 Speaker – Dr. Cassi Fields, “Inclusive Leadership”

     1000-1030 Break with exhibitors

     1030-1200 Speaker – Dr. Fields continues

     1200-1300 Lunch with exhibitors

     1300-1430 Speaker – Battalion Chief Dan DeGryse, “Addressing Behavioral Health in the Fire Service”

     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

* Dinner, ballgame, and amusement rides in Modern Woodmen Park

* See the River Bandits, a Houston Astros Class A affiliate team

* Stunning views of the Mississippi River from the Ferris wheel

* Carousel, bumper cars, thrill rides for children

* Additional ticket cost $35

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

Dinner Aboard the Celebration Belle

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

Thursday, July 19

* Celebration Belle paddlewheel river cruise on the Mississippi

* Captain’s dinner featuring prime rib and cranberry glazed chicken breast

* Music and dancing after dinner. Cruise band plays a wide variety of music from Country to Rock ‘N Roll

* Cruise time 6:30pm – 9:00pm

* Additional ticket cost: adult $50, children (3-10) $40, under 3 free

* Shuttle provided


Sara LaPacka - “Finding the Light: The Importance of Increasing First Responder Mental Health Awareness.” Dr. Lapacka is employed in private practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex specializing in clinical and forensic psychology. She has presented nationally and internationally to audiences regarding mental health awareness and treatment. Her focus is on increasing first responders’ mental health awareness and to bridging the gap between mental health providers and first responders via her work with the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.

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 - Dr. Fields, Vice President of Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI)’s Human Capital Division, is a PhD level Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who 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 also 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.

Randall Downs – Randy is the Midwest Public Protection Class (PPC) Manager for ISO. His presentation will introduce individuals to the grading schedule components of the updated PPC. The newest sections of the grading schedule, which include fire codes, fire investigations and public education, will also be discussed.

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. The course was the winner of the “Locals Love Us” best golf course award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. A variety of teeing options make the hills and water a challenge that is playable for golfers of all levels.

The course is 15 minutes from downtown Davenport. The planning committee is working to arrange shuttles to transport golfers who do not drive on their own. Tee off will be every 15 minutes starting at 8:00 am with all golfers finished by approxiately 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided and you can participate in raffles for more fun.

Palmer Hills dress code: no clothing with any offensive slogans, logos, pictures, or content and no metal spike golf shoes.

Weather for the golf outing is expected to be beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid-80s. However, if rain decides to prevent the outing from happening, a contingency plan will go into effect. Golfers will have the option of donating participant fees to the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation ( and Rosecrance Florian Program ( or receiving a refund. Details of how to select an option will be provided to golfers after the conference concludes.

Choose this activity on the registration form. If you need to pay for this separately, please do a separate registration or contact the Conference Coordinator. Cost $60 includes round of 18 holes, green fees, cart, and lunch.

Family 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 & Sponsorship

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:

Exhibitor lodging through this link:

2018 Missouri Valley Chiefs Conference

Please see the Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus 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, CO          

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 Rod Seals, 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 Chief Mike Carlsten, 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 2017, the Department had 5,100 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