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Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s convention, brought you to by the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association in partnership with the Montana State

We featured several nationally known speakers, in combination with some local trainers and instructors.  The convention included committee meetings,  forums, and updates, and sessions on topics such as leadership, recruitment and retention, training, health and wellness, community risk reduction, wildland, policy, and several hands on demonstrations and exercises. There was something for everyone. Our trade show featured several vendors displaying their products and services throughout the entire convention and Friday evening we hosted our attendees and guests at the Awards Banquet followed by a free concert by Nashville sensation Tony Jackson.


Save the Date for next year’s convention in Butte – October 6-8, 2022

Company Officer Leadership Symposium

We are proud to offer the IAFC Officer Development Program at this year’s convention. This year we will offer Company Officer Leadership Symposium – Level One (COLS1). The following years we will offer COLS 2 and COLS 3.

Gain the leadership and management skills to excel in your current position while preparing for future career advancement with a perfect combination of what company officers need and what chief officers expect of you. COLS is a three-level program designed to meet the specific management and training needs of company officers based on their roles and responsibilities.

The program is designed to meet the job performance requirements outlined in NFPA 1021 and follows leadership standards published by the IAFC in the Officer Development Handbook.

COLS 1 participants must attend all sessions, attend the General Sessions, and visit exhibitors and sponsors during dedicated exhibit hall time. Be sure to obtain the Validation Code for the General Session and the exhibit hall. Due to schedule restrictions, we will record the concurrent sessions and those who wish to receive the certificate must watch the recordings on their own time after the convention (approximately 4 hours).

Registration for MSFCA and MSVFFA Members is $300 and the rate for non members is $375 and includes full convention registration.

2021 Convention Venue & Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
3720 North Reserve Street
Missoula, MT 59808

The room block at the Hilton Garden Inn is sold out, we are providing some overflow rooms available at:

Hampton Inn by Hilton
4805 N Reserve St
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 549-1800 (call for reservations, no online reservations available)

We have reserved a block of rooms at $96/night + tax, Wednesday through Friday night.
Call to make your reservations by October 6th to ensure you receive this rate.
When calling, reference Montana Fire Chiefs.

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Missoula
5059 N Reserve Street
Missoula, Montana 59808
We have reserved a block of rooms at $96/night + tax, Wednesday through Friday night.
Cutoff is October 4th
Online Reservations

Convention Registration

Registration is now open for the Montana Fire Service Convention. Registration includes access to all sessions, meals (including banquet) and social activities.

Spouses and partners are invited and welcome to attend the convention, including all sessions and meals at no charge.
There will be an additional charge to attend the banquet $45/person.
[We are organizing activities for spouses and guests, more information coming soon.]

MSFCA and/or MSVFFA Members receive a discounted registration rate to the convention  $175
Each member is allowed up to 5 additional representatives from their department at a discounted rate of $125.

The rate for non-members – $250 (consider joining to receive the discounted rate)
Each non-member registrant is allowed up to 5 additional representatives from their department at a discounted rate of $200.

The rate for the COLS 1 is $300 for members and $375 for non-members.


Featured Presenters

Josh Waldo, Fire Chief, Bozeman Fire Department

Thank you to our Sponsors & Vendors for their support

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors


Sponsors & Vendors Information

Registration for the trade show will close on 10/1, we are almost sold out so please act quickly if you are interested in taking part in the vendor trade show.

Sponsoring or displaying at the Convention will give you the opportunity to showcase your products or services to decision makers within the fire service, during and after the event. We are anticipating 100+ Fire Chief Officers, Aspiring and Potential Chief Officers and Volunteer Firefighters from all around the state of Montana.

There will be dedicated networking time during the convention to build the profile of your organization. All the sponsorship options give you opportunities for high visibility with delegates. We can also build tailored sponsorship packages to suit your organization’s needs. Vendors are welcome and invited to attend all sessions and social events, including the awards banquet and free concert by Tony Jackson.

Ready to Commit – Register Here. 

Vendor Know Before You Go Information (PDF)

Sponsorship and Extras:
Breakfast with a Vendor – If you would like more time to visit with a department decision maker, consider hosting a breakfast table in the hotel restaurant on Friday or Saturday morning from 7:00-8:00 am. We will provide you with signup sheet and make all necessary arrangements with the restaurant. You can decide how many guests you would like to host.

Please spend some time thinking about your display, attendees will be more engaged if your display is welcoming and has something to entice them to engage. Materials just sitting on a table will not engage attendees. If you would like to visit with me about some ideas, I would be happy to spend some time discussing this with you. Other things that engage attendees are snacks, beverages, giveaways. If you would like to have coffee or afternoon beverages or refreshments at your table, we can make those arrangements for you through the hotel.

Vendor Schedule – Oct 14-16

  • Thursday: 7:00 am -10:00 am (Must be Set by 10:00 am)
    • Vendor hall is also available for set up after 5:00 pm Wednesday night
  • Thursday: 10:00 – 12:00 Vendor Hall open to attendees
  • Thursday: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Vendor Social Event
  • Friday: 9:15 am – 9:45 am Networking Break
  • Friday 11:45 am -12:45 pm Outdoor Vendor Demo’s & Lunch
  • Friday: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Break
  • Saturday: 10:15 am – 10:45 am Networking Break
  • Saturday: Tear Down after 10:45 am

The Missoula Hilton Garden Inn will accept shipments beginning Friday 10/8/2021 at no charge. Post-convention, outgoing shipments can be held for a UPS or FedEx pick up at no charge.

Ship Packages to:
Missoula Hilton Garden Inn
ATTN: Karen Gress – Fire Service Convention
3720 North Reserve St
Missoula, MT 59808
Hilton Garden Inn