Guide to Conference

The following is a guide to get the most out of this year’s 86th Annual Conference & BC Fire Expo.  Here you will find all the information about what to do and where to go. We hope you will find this guide beneficial.  Please let us know if we can improve it.
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BC Fire Expo

BC Fire Expo

The BC Fire Expo will open at 1100 hours on Sunday, June 4. The BC Fire Expo will close at 1800 hours and re-open Monday morning at 0900 hours. Please plan to attend both days and support our Trades! They provide excellent support for our organization and they would love to meet and talk to each and every one of you. ...Hide.

Bringing a guest or your firefighters?

Bringing a guest or your firefighters?

Admittance to the BC Fire Expo is :
FREE for "uniformed" firefighters or $10 for others - this does not include any meals. ...Hide.

New Members Orientation

New Members Orientation

If you are new to the Association, a newly appointed senior officer, or a first time conference delegate, you should plan on attending this very informative orientation session on Sunday, June 4 at Kal Tire Place. This course goes well beyond what happens at the conference and includes information on legislation, LAFC's, training and education as well as the myriad of rules and regulations that face us every day.

This is a “must attend” for any New Chief!  There is no charge to attend this session on Sunday ...Hide.

BC Fire Expo Prize Draws

BC Fire Expo Prize Draws

There will be prize draws on both Sunday and Monday with CASH draws taking place as well. The big CASH Draw  takes place at 1445 hours on Monday on the trade floor. Remember to bring your ticket! You must be in attendance to win!  Various prize draws will be made by individual Trades at their respective display booths from time to time throughout the days.  The prize winners will be posted at these display booths making the draw(s).  The BC Fire Expo officially ends at 1500 hours on Monday ...Hide.

Regional Managers and
Airport Committee

Regional Managers and
Airport Committee

The Regional District Managers meeting will be held on Monday morning at 0800 to 0900 hours at Kal Tire Place. The Airport Committee will meet from 0900 hours to 1000 hours. These meetings are open for any delegate to attend and discuss issues that are relative to these two groups. ...Hide.

Women and Minorities meetings

Women and Minorities meetings

The Women and Minorities in the Fire Service meeting will be held on Monday from 1300 to 1400 hours at Kal Tire Place. This meeting is open for any delegate to attend. ...Hide.

IAFF Contract Chiefs

IAFF Contract Chiefs

The IAFF Contract Chiefs meeting will be held on Monday from 10:00am to noon at Kal Tire Place. This meeting is only open to Career Chiefs that manage a department with an IAFF Contract. ...Hide.

Security

Security

ALL PERSONS – wishing to have access to any event, meeting, meals, BC Fire Expo, and receptions must be registered for the FCABC conference.

The “BC Fire Expo Day Pass”, is so that partners, co-workers, and friends may gain access to these events and facilities without having to be a conference delegate, presenter, BC Fire Expo representative or enrolled in the partners program.

Please note, there is a separate charge for each day of the BC Fire Expo.  No access to the trade floor or  receptions will be given to anyone not having the appropriate supplied name badge.  Don’t forget to keep it with you at all times. ...Hide.

Registration Desk

Registration Desk

The registration desk will be at Kal Tire Place and will open at 1100 hours on Sunday, June 4 and will continue to be open for the remainder of the BC Fire Expo before moving to the Vernon Lodge Hotel. ...Hide.

Opening Ceremonies and
Memorial Service  

Opening Ceremonies and
Memorial Service  

(dress – fire department uniform or suit and tie)
The Opening Ceremonies and Memorial Service are being held in the Vernon Performing Arts Theatre on Monday, June 5 at 1800 hours with the piping in of the colour party and the dignitaries. After the national anthems our President will officially declare the conference open and introduce the dignitaries. A conference blessing and brief messages from the dignitaries follows with the memorial service recognizing those members and past members and the firefighters that have answered the last alarm in the past year. The opening ceremonies concludes about 1900 hours. ...Hide.

Annual Banquet

Annual Banquet

(dress – fire department uniform or suit and tie)
A no host bar will be available in the Prefunction Area at the Vernon Lodge Hotel before the banquet beginning at 1900 hours. An excellent gourmet dinner is a continuation of the formalities with presentations and entertainment taking place after dinner. ...Hide.

Educational Sessions

Educational Sessions

All the educational sessions and Annual General Meetings take place at the Vernon Lodge Hotel.
Dress is casual and uniform is not required.
We want you to be comfortable so you learn lots to take home with you.
Any Registered Delegate can attend the educational sessions. ...Hide.

Sunrise Sessions

Sunrise Sessions

There will be short educational sessions starting at 0715 hours Tuesday to Thursday. Coffee, fruit and muffins will be served at 0700 as a reward for those early risers, as well as interesting and informative topics. 
Each session is 60 minutes and it is usually not repeated.
There will be 4 sessions offered on Tuesday and Wednesday and 3 sessions offered on Thursday. ...Hide.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Tuesday morning officially starts at 0830 hours with the Call to Order and start of our Education Program with our keynote speaker. ...Hide.

Lunches

Lunches

Lunches are provided each day. Registered RCOC members will join us on Tuesday and the registered Partners will join us Thursday. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. ...Hide.

Workshops

Workshops

Workshops start on Tuesday right after lunch. There will be four concurrent sessions offered and they may be repeated.
Another four workshops are offered on Wednesday morning right after the AGM. ...Hide.

Zone and Sectional Meetings

Zone and Sectional Meetings

Zone and Sectional Meetings are Wednesday afternoon. Don’t forget that elections take place at these meetings too!
The meetings have been shortened to one hour this year. ...Hide.

Theme Night

Theme Night

Our theme night and dinner is enjoyed by all.  This is a casual evening so come relaxed and use your imagination to dress in costume related to the theme of the evening.  The theme for this year is “Happy Birthday Canada!”.  Each and every year the theme night sells out during registration – so don’t forget to indicate the number of tickets you need when registering.  Remember that the 50/50 draw will have all proceeds going to the FCABC scholarships - and the auction items for the partners program charities. ...Hide.

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Anyone can attend the Annual General Meeting(s), however, only active members in good standing can vote. Active members in good standing will receive a Voting Card in their delegate package. ...Hide.

Partner’s Program

Partner’s Program

Every year there is a dual program put together to entertain, inform, and interest conference partners during the week.  ...Hide.

Silent Auction

Silent Auction

Partners don’t forget to bring an item from your hometown that can be placed in the silent auction.  All funds raised (no administration charges) go to charities of the partner’s group choosing. ...Hide.

Meals

Meals

Because of commitments to caterers, all meals must be pre-purchased. There may be a very limited supply of extra tickets available, but there are no guarantees.

There will be coffee, fruit and muffins served before each daily session but not breakfast. Lunches for the week will be included in your complete package price.
 
Please be sure to let us know if you have any special dietary needs, so the caterers can be alerted. ...Hide.

Reports

Reports

The FCABC has conference reports available on this website for downloading.  A printed copy will be posted for viewing at the conference. AGM Minutes and Financials will also be available on the "Members Only" section of the fcabca.ca website. ...Hide.