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2017 Annual Conference

October 18th-21st, 2017

Rochester, MN



MSFCA rochester conference a success!
Thanks to all of those that made the trip to Rochester. If you weren’t here, you should have been. With 487 registered attendees, we exceeded the all time attendance record for Rochester. The renovations to the civic center are awesome
and provided such a great atmosphere for the conference. The new classrooms and technology also added to the experience.
The major change to Thursday’s schedule drew several positive comments from vendors and attendees. We did
miss the mark a bit on advertising the industry education tracks and roundtable discussions that occurred on Thursday
afternoon. The committee will focus on some strategies to better communicate and advertise those sessions for future

Although the vendor space is relatively tight in Rochester, the arrangement was well organized and provided a positive
flow.The aerial apparatus parked outside allowed for active demonstrations on a warm fall day. What a great idea
that was. A job well done by Chief Madison Zikmund on working with vendors on the set up. Thanks to many of
our sponsors and several of the vendors for their support of the MSFCA conference. Several aspects of this conference
would not be possible without the continued support of the vendors that attend.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:
General Safety, Emergency Response Solutions, Custom Fire/Sutphen, Emergency Apparatus Maintenance, Fire
Safety USA and MacQueen Emergency Group. Platinum
Sponsor: Alex Air Apparatus. Gold Sponsors: Great Plains
Fire, Linstrom Restoration, Parr McKnight Wealth Management
and Clarey’s Safety Equipment.

Friday sessions were a great representation of the primary purpose of this conference; to provide quality education to Minnesota’s fire service professionals. The wrap up symposium on Saturday was a great way to close out MSFCA 2017 with Chief Halton and his views on the role of command. As always, Bobby’s message is driven home by his experience and passion for the fire

The memorial service included a special tribute to the late Chief Alan Brunacini by Ret. Fire Chief Crawford Weistling. We also recognized 14 officers that had passed during the service. This is always a meaningful and appreciated tribute
to the families that attend. Chief Andrew Heger from Victoria, assisted by Ret. Fire Chief Prillaman and other staff from the Victoria Fire, coordinated this year. The MN Pipe and Band, along with the State Fire Marshal’s Honor Guard
never disappoint.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients this year. Special honor to Chief Judy Thill and Chief David Kicker on
their awards for Fire Officer of the year. The awards banquet closed out with a presentation of a ceremonial gavel
from outgoing President Chief Esbensen to our new President Chief John Cunningham of Elk River. Good luck to
President Cunningham and Vice President Tom Miller of Pine City as they begin their terms with the closing of the

In the coming days all vendors and attendees will receive surveys about this year’s conference. These surveys are extremely
important to the committees that coordinate all aspects of your conference experience. Please consider taking a bit of time to fill them out. The conference and education committees will be convening very soon to debrief MSFCA 2017 and begin the planning for MFSCA 2018 scheduled for St. Paul.

Special thanks to Nyle and Theresa Zikmund and all the FSC staff that work so hard in advance of the conference to
make sure every detail is in place. I traveled to Rochester with Nyle and Theresa well over a year ago to meet with
the conference planning team in Rochester. There is a significant time commitment, and several details, that go into planning a conference. Both have worked hard to ensure your experience was an enjoyable one. Special thanks to the members of the conference committee for their support of the conference as well.


By Don Johnson, MSFCA Conference Committee Chair



Welcome to the ALL NEW Mayo Civic Center 



for Attendees:

Hotel Information

Tentative Schedule

Bobby Halton Slideshow (click to download)

Your Midwest Connection


For Exhibitors:

Register Here - we are now Sold Out.  Thank you to those attending!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Additional Purchase Items

Shipping Information - must

submit form and payment to MCC.  Shipping received 10/16-10/18.

Schedules (shipping, move-in, event times)

Civic Center Floor Plan


Event Contacts:

Attendees - MSFCA Office | (800) 743-0911 |

Vendors/Sponsors - Maddison Zikmund | (763) 498-1824 |

Speakers - Nyle Zikmund | (763) 218-5678 |


Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association • 6737 W. Washington St. Ste. 4210 Milwaukee, WI 53214
Jennifer Rzepka, CAE • 800-743-0911 •
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