THE 38TH ANNUAL FIREHOUSE EXPO SEPTEMBER 26-30 (OH)
September 26-30, 2022
Greater Columbus Convention Center
SUPER SAVER RATES EXPIRE ON AUGUST 1st
Join us in Columbus, OH next month for the 38th annual Firehouse Expo. We’re excited to be back in
Columbus and to once again showcase all that the city has to offer. The city is protected by the world-class
Columbus Division of Fire (CFD), and the department works hand in hand with surrounding cities, using a no-
borders approach to getting the closest fire and EMS resources to the scene as quickly as possible. In addition
to the CFD, Firehouse is working with fire departments in Franklin County to provide hands-on training (HOT)
and other educational opportunities. A variety of topics will be covered in dozens of HOT classes, pre-
conference workshops and classroom sessions, from search and hoseline operations, to incident command
and radio communications, to the latest in EMS technology and RIT.
Key Event Highlights Include:
HANDS-ON TRAINING CLASSES
Train alongside the best in the fire service at a Firehouse Expo Hands-on Training class. 2022 classes include:
ALL SAWS: Robert Faas, F.O.O.L.S. International
DOWN & DIRTY FORCIBLE ENTRY: Robert James, Capitol Fire Training LLC; Charley Hendry, Lieutenant, FDNY
Special Operations Command
ENGINE COMPANY OPS: FROM THE SCIENCE TO THE STREET: Steve Robertson, Columbus Division of Fire; Keith
Stakes, UL Fire Safety Research Institute
ENGINE COMPANY TACTICS FOR LIMITED STAFFING: Jonathan Hall, Saint Paul Fire Department
GRAIN BIN RESCUE AWARENESS: Andy Bauer, Ohio Fire Academy
LIVE FIRE: TACTICS FOR SUCCESS WITH LIMITED STAFFING: John Lewis, Passaic Fire Department
PERSONAL ROPES SKILLS: ASCENDING, REPELLING & MID:HEIGHT RESCUE: Dalan Zartman, Rescue Methods,
LIVE FIRE: THE INTELLIGENTLY AGGRESSIVE FIREGROUND: Andy Starnes, Insight Training LLC
TOWER LADDER AND AERIAL PLACEMENT: Chris Eysser, FDNY; Ken Ditata, FDNY; Will Hickey, FDNY
AERIAL RESCUE IN TREES: Evan Beck, Rescue Methods
CAN-TANKER-OUS WISDOM: THE ART & SCIENCE OF MOVING WATER: Ed Collet, Ohio Fire Academy; Jeremy
Keller, Ohio Fire Academy
60+ CONFERENCE SESSIONS + PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
This year’s Conference Program and Workshops feature a top lineup of fire service instructors from across the
nation covering a broad variety of topics suitable for any level of experience. For a detailed overview of
sessions, visit: https://www.firehouseexpo.com/fhe2022/conferenceprogram.
BIG ROOM SESSION: The Bronx Twin Parks Fire
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, learn about the heroism that was shown at the deadly Bronx tragedy in January
2022. Firehouse Expo keynote speaker Frank Leeb will return to the big stage that evening to speak about the bravery that FDNY members displayed and to share the lessons learned from the massive fire that claimed 17
lives. Leeb, who was FDNY’s Citywide Tour Commander, took over as incident commander (IC) upon his arrival.
The session, “The Bronx Twin Parks Fire: Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Large-Scale Incidents,”
begins after the “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” reception on the Firehouse Expo exhibit floor. Leeb will share
how the department’s training and operating policies led to the successful rescue of more than 70 victims via
interior stairwells and properly positioned aerials and ground ladders. He will provide his first-hand
experiences as the IC for the tragic blaze, where valor and heroism happened over and over.
SPECIAL SESSION: The Fire Family
Often, firefighters have two separate families: the family who is at home and the family who is at the
firehouse. As lifestyles change, both families are fighting for the attention of their firefighter, which creates
increased stress for all parties, including the children. Join fire service veteran Todd Edwards and his wife,
Kathy, as they bring their Fire Life Training program to Firehouse Expo to close out the week of firefighter
education. The couple will focus on several principles for firefighters to employ in their effort to navigate their
unique life, including the importance of having a marriage blueprint, developing effective communication and
understanding the importance of compromise. The Edwardses also will explain why it’s important to bring the
family that’s at home and the family that’s at the station together and how to do that successfully. The two-
hour interactive program on Friday, Sept. 30, is free of charge to firefighters and their spouses.
REMEMBERING THE 343
The Firehouse Expo 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb returns to Huntington Park baseball stadium on Friday
morning, Sept. 30. Join other firefighters, first responders and area residents who will honor the steps that
were taken by FDNY’s fallen 343 while raising money to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
survivor support efforts. You can register as an individual, or we wholeheartedly encourage you to bring a
team to take part in the symbolic climb.
FELLOWSHIP, FUN & FOOD
Join us for the second annual FireFest, which is sponsored by Columbus Fire Fighters Local 67. The event
brings together Firehouse Expo attendees and Columbus firefighters for a great evening of fun, music,
memorable conversations and the start of new friendships, building on the great time that we had at the
inaugural FireFest in 2021. Hop a free shuttle from the Convention Center or navigate a scooter over to Station
67 for free food, terrific live music, and a chance to reconnect with old pals and to chat with friends you
haven’t met yet. It’s an intimate event that provides a great view of downtown Columbus while everyone
unwinds. This year’s FireFest takes place on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. and is free to all
attendees and exhibitors.
IT’S FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE
After classroom sessions end on Wednesday and before “The Bronx Twin Parks Fire: Strategic and Tactical
Considerations for Large-Scale Incidents” in the Big Room, join attendees and sponsors for a welcome
reception on the exhibit floor, featuring more than 150 exhibitors. Drinks and food will be provided as you
make your way around the show floor to talk about your equipment and technology needs with exhibitors.
Get full details on all of these activities and more at FirehouseExpo.com.
To register, visit www.firehouseexpo.com