71st Annual Educational Conference

Our Conference will be held

December 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2019

The Park Place Hotel

300 E. State Street

Traverse City, MI 49864

71st Annual MFSIA Conference



71st Annual MFSIA Conference Registration Form

71st Annual MFSIA Conference Golf Outing

71st Annual MFSIA Conference Lineup

71st Annual MFSIA Conference Vender Information

Our Conference will be held

December 05 (Pre-Conf), 06, 07 & 08, 2019

The Park Place Hotel

300 E. State Street

Traverse City, MI 49864

70th Annual MFSIA Conference

Exsisting and New Conference Areas

Conference Award Forms

Conference Grant for One individual from a department that has a training budget of $1000.00 or Less.
Conference Training Award.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
Innovation may be linked to positive changes in efficiency, productivity, strategies or safety in the areas of training carrying over to the fire ground, producing results like nothing ever experience
Innovative form .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
Instructor of the Year Award marks individual accomplishment.
IOY Form .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
Awards will be made each year to high school graduates to assist in paying tuition at accredited institutions whether they are Vocational/Technical School, a community college or a four-year college
Adobe Acrobat document [128.8 KB]

Please distribute the following to anyone that may be interested.Thank you!



Open to any Michigan Fire Department involved in fire safety and prevention!

Honoring a firefighter who lost his life to a burn injury, a $500 award is given annually to a fire department whose innovative efforts have had a demonstrated impact on fire safety & prevention.Submit by August 31st:  www.traumaburn.org/prevention/leland.shtml


Burn Injury Awareness Day
October 1, 2017
Come celebrate together at the 5th annual picnic reunion! The event will be held at a new venue this year, with zip lines, ropes course, trails, and lots of fun activities for all ages!   Registration for the picnic reunion is open now atbiaw.med.umich.edu


Register for Awareness Day before July 31!
Gayheart Prevention Award deadline is August 31!


Stop The Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. Learn more at:  http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

Instructor training is available for free, please contact us for more details. 


Burn Survivors and Family Workshop
March 10, 2018
Co-hosted with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Detroit Medical Center's Burn Center. This free workshop is open to burn survivors, their family members, firefighters, and medical professionals. 



Future Annual MFSIA Conference



TO:     MFSIA Members


FR:      President Don Bigger


RE:      Changing the Month and Date of the Annual Conference


            17 May 2018



As many of you know, 2018 is the last year of our current three-year contract with the Park Place Hotel for our annual MFSIA Conference.  For the last few months, we have been in negotiations with the Park Place Hotel regarding our next three-year contract.  We wanted to bring you up to date with what is happening with our talks with their administration. 


A Texas-based company has purchased The Park Place Hotel; it just happens that calendar year 2018 is the last year of our current 3-year contract.  During contract discussions, the management has informed us, in the future, we can keep the same weekend we have always utilized, but there will be significant increases in room rates.   Evidently, over the past few years, the month of October has become what they call “a prime/high demand time in Traverse City for hotels.”  Also, with the improvements that are being made now (Conference Center, Pool/Gym, rooms, etc.) and future additions, it is explained the demand for the hotel has rose – therefore, the rates will need to rise with that demand.  Part of this assessment is the fact they will also be completing Tower lodging renovations by this spring and completing the “Wing” lodging renovations next winter.


Here are the items the Park Place Management has brought forth to the Association:


#1) We are one of the longest-standing conferences in their facility, and they can work with us within certain parameters.  Management has said they can work with us on rates, but it cannot conflict with weeks and days that are considered “peak times.”  The current October conference dates fall within “peak times.”


#2) They can no longer give us the state rate for rooms. 


#3) Starting in 2018, The Park Place midweek rates are at $169.00-189.00 and weekend rates are $269.00 during the peak times.  The management expects rates to go higher as they make improvements to the rest of the hotel.  


To keep room rates lower, we inquired about moving the Annual Conference to a different month -could the Association obtain lower rates then what we would be getting during our previous October weekend.  Management advised us the best rates would be the first week of December, and they




would work with us on a lower rate, due to our longevity within the facility.  We were then provided the following rates that would be honored if we sign another 3-year contract with them:



December 3 - 8, 2019

Tues -Thu                               Fri – Sat

$89.00                                     $99.95


December 2 - 5, 2020

Tues - Thu                              Fri – Sat

$94.95                                     $104.95


December 1 - 6, 2021

Tues - Thu                              Fri – Sat

$94.95                                     $104.95



In review of the surveys and discussion comments from the previous conferences over the last decade, including the last five years specifically, we have found the following:


#1) Overwhelmingly, regarding the surveys and comments provided, participants want the conference to remain in Traverse City.


#2) Many participants must pay out of their own pocket to attend the conference, rather than having departments compensate their registration and lodging requirements.


#3) Participants enjoy the courses held and the variety provided (which only can be scheduled based on the classrooms available at the hotel).


#4) We have restructured the compensation for instructors in the last two years and streamlined the hotel subsidies provided to instructors.  The new hotel room costs incurred by the organization by keeping the October date would be substantial, forcing us to raise the rates of the conference for our membership, which could be catastrophic to the overall conference attendance.


#5) The location of Park Place, being downtown, was great for walking distances to many different activities, and driving to local attractions.


#6) October is already a very busy month for statewide conferences; November brings firearm deer season, in which many areas don’t train or would not want to train during that timeframe.


#7) Through discussion with the Park Place in-house administration, they believe as the improvements continue, the rates will continue to rise, and this may be revisited in the future – so locking in the next three years, at this point, is very necessary.

With all these factors being reviewed, and a vote of the Executive Board in the affirmative, I am advising the MFSIA Membership of the signing of a new contract with Park Place Hotel with the above stated Annual Conference Dates for 2019 – 2021.  We wanted to get this out to you as soon as we could, so you can plan future conference dates. 


Over the next three years, we will continue to review comments, suggestions, and ideas in order to determine what the best course of action is for our members and Association in 2022 regarding the Annual Conference.

The Park Place Hotel

Located near Downtown Traverse City, the beautiful Park Place Hotel will be our host for this year's convention. 

The Traverse City area is home to a wide variety of attractions including fishing, golf, casinos, sightseeing, shopping....  we guarantee you won't be bored!

Be sure and get your reservations well in advance- the TC area is a popular year-round destination. 

Reservations:  Call 231.946.5000

MFSIA conference room block, check with President Don Bigger. He has current information.


Park Place Hotel website click on picture

Do not use for booking Rooms Please call phone number above.
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