Ohio Fire & Rescue Officer Development Conference
by the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association

1167 2019ofcaconfMark your calendars and plan to attend the 2019 Annual Conference July 11-15, 2019 at the Hilton at Easton. Stay tuned to this page for updates as made available.


Registration is now open for the 2019 Annual Ohio Fire & Rescue Officer Development Conference.

          To register online: Click Here.

          To print off and mail your registration: Click here.


We look forward to seeing you for another stellar trade show in 2019. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get your goods and services in front of those who make the buying decisions in their departments. All the information you need to register for this year's show can be found here. To access the 2019 Vendor Packet, Click Here. 

The vendor maps will be updated each Friday, you can check to see which spots are still available. The yellow highlighted booths have been spoken for.

(Current as of 4/1/19)
Outside Vendor Map

Inside Vendor Map


Hotel Accommodations

Below is the Hotel Group Information in order to book your room for next year's conference. 

Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

Group Name:  Ohio Fire Rescue Officer Development Conference
Group Code:  OFR
Click Here to be taken to the group page to reserve your room! Rooms may sell out quick, so reserve your room early!

Conference Scholarships 

Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Scholarship:

We are pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for this year's 2019 Ohio Fire & Rescue Officer Development Conference, generously funded by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). 

The OOGEEP Scholarship will provide for coverage of your overnight stay at the Columbus Hilton at Easton during the 2019 Ohio Fire & Rescue Officer Development Conference and your registration for either a Full Conference package or a Weekend Conference package. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible: 

1. MEMBER of the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association serving in a career, combination, or volunteer department; 
2. Work in a county in OOGEEP's defined territory (See page 3 of the application for the list of counties);
3. Commitment to register for either a Full Conference package or Weekend Conference package; 
4. Commitment to actively participate in one OFCA committee during the 2019 - 2020 year;
5. Hotel reservations will be made for Thursday, July 11 - Monday, July 15, 2019 for Full Conference packages and Saturday, July 13 - Monday, July 15, 2019 for Weekend Conference package. 

Preference will be given to First Time Conference attendees and departments showing financial hardships. 

For more information about the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Conference Scholarship, and to apply, click here! The application deadline is March 31, 2019. We will be awarding 6 Full Conference scholarships and 5 Weekend Conference scholarships. 

Essay Contest to Win Conference Scholarship

Again this year for the Ohio Fire & Rescue Officer Development Conference, you will have a chance to win a full conference scholarship! The scholarship will cover a 4-night stay at the Hilton Columbus at Easton and a full conference registration for you and a guest. 

To enter for the chance to win a full conference scholarship, you must: 

  • Submit an essay of 500 words or less outlining how you and your department would benefit from this opportunity. Your essay must include specific educational and financial benefits; 
  • Completed entries must be postmarked no later than Wednesday May 1, 2019;
  • Scholarships are non-transferrable. 

There will only be one full Conference Scholarship awarded. Essays must be submitted to the OFCA Office via mail (450 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 150; Worthington, OH 43085). 

Special Classes (Separate Registration Forms & Fees)

ISO and VCOS - Partnering with the Fire Service
Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Cost of Class: $95.00 (includes lunch)

For some time, ISO has been asked what really happens when they visit your community. ISO has strived in the past to answer this question, and with their relationship with VCOS, they are moving forward. ISO will interject how VCOS has helped them with their mission, and how they have impacted the fire service, including the recently released Lavender Report. This class is geared to all members of the fire service. 

Click here to register and pay online, or Click here to print off and mail in your registration form and payment. 

Firefighter Cancer Prevention
Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM and
Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM 

Cost of Class: $95.00 for non full Conference attendees (includes breaks and lunch on Sunday, July 14th). If you are a full Conference attendee, the class is included in your package, and you don't need to register. 

On Saturday, July 13th, you will learn about Firefighters Attacking the Cancer Epidemic; Firefighter Cancer and Statistics; Best Practices in Cancer Prevention; and Post Fire Gross Decon Demonstration. On Sunday, July 14th, you will learn about Carcinogens in PPE; Firefighter Cancer Support Network; Canadian Fire Service Prevention; Science Behind Cancer in Fire Service; and Post Fire Gross Decon Demonostration. 

Click here for more detailed information on the Firefighter Cancer Prevention workshop! 

If you are not a full Conference registrant, click here to register and pay online, or click here to print off and mail in your registration form and payment. 

Golf Outing

The Golf Outing will once again be held at the New Albany Links Golf Club on Thursday, July 11th with an 8:00 am shotgun start. To sign up for the golf outing, click here.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the 2019 Annual Conference please contact Chief Tom Wallace, Conference Director: (937) 696-2863 or chiefwallace@station67.org.