The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) is a not-for-profit, service oriented organization founded in 1904 by 60 chiefs from across the state who were interested in sharing mutual concerns and solutions for the benefit of the fire service. Today, it is one of the largest fire chiefs associations in the world and its focus now encompasses the needs and concerns of all of the emergency services.
Since its inception, NYSAFC has grown to well over 10,000 members from 35 states and three countries, including Canada and Bermuda. Members include individuals from all ranks and all branches of the fire service – career, volunteer, industrial, and military – in addition to personnel from the emergency medical services field and technical disciplines, as well as individuals who promote fire/injury prevention and safety in the public sector.
Moving into its second century, NYSAFC will continue to promote the interests of the emergency services and provide service to those who serve – the extraordinary individuals who comprise the emergency services field. Today, it supports and fosters public education for fire and injury prevention, promotes fire education through seminars, workshops, and conferences, represents the emergency services before state and federal government officials, publishes SIZE UP magazine and The NYSAFC Bugle e-newsletter to keep members informed of pertinent news and information that affect the emergency services, holds the Annual Conference & FIRE Expo – one of the largest emergency services exhibitions in the nation – and serves as an authoritative source of information to all emergency services personnel for the timely solution of problems pertaining to administration, education, training, research, firefighting, public relations, fire protection, equipment, personnel management, and legislation.
Abilities Expo is the nation’s leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. For the past three decades, the Community has gathered at Abilities Expos all over the country to discover the latest, life-enhancing products and services and learn from relevant, free workshops. Top it off with a series of world-class special events—sporting demonstrations, dancing instruction and more—and you’ve got an Abilities Expo that is fun for the whole family! ADMISSION IS FREE. Register at www.abilitiesexpo.com for priority access.
FMCA has announced plans for a return visit to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. FMCA will hold its 96th International Convention in this city known as the “Crossroads of America” July 12 through 15, 2017, and all RV owners are invited. FMCA hosted a very successful convention at the fairgrounds in August 2012 that was attended by some 2,000 families.
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is headed back to Albany for a family-friendly sustainable living event that features over 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations from national and local experts on real food, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, small-scale livestock, green transportation, natural health, and related topics..
Also on the grounds: hands-on children’s projects; heritage-breed livestock; an alternative-fuel vehicle display; vendor, livestock and craft demonstrations; and local and organic food offerings.