Special Events

Opening Welcome Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Firehouse Expo Exhibit Floor

Cost to attend: FREE

Kick off the opening of the Firehouse Expo exhibit floor at the Welcome Reception with food, drinks and access to all of the vendors, suppliers and manufacturers showcasing the latest products and services.  This reception is open to all attendees and visitors.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Doors open at 7:00pm 

Location: Gaswerks Bar, 487 Park St

Cost to attend: FREE

Hosted by the Central OH, Northern OH and Queen City F.O.O.L.S., the F.O.O.L.S Bash 2023 celebrates the brotherhood and sisterhood of the fire service with Opening Ceremonies to kick off at 8:00 with Pipes & Drums and much more!

3rd Annual FireFest

Thursday, September 28, 2023

6:00pm – 9:00pm (shuttles begin departing the Convention Center at 5:30pm from the East Connector (top of the escalators in Hall A)

Location: Station 67: Columbus Fire Fighters Union Hall

Cost: FREE

Plan to attend the 3rd annual FireFest, a social event featuring live music, food, drinks, and networking with firefighters and exhibitors from across the country. Join your fellow peers for this fun – and FREE – event that will connect you with old and new faces alike. FireFest will take place at the Columbus Fire Fighters Union Hall at Station 67 and is open to all attendees and exhibitors.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Friday, September 29, 2023
8:00 am

Location: Huntington Park

The Firehouse Expo 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb pays tribute to the FDNY firefighters sacrifice and symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation, it is ensured that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget while supporting programs that support fire service survivors. Your support of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb events provides assistance to the surviving families and co-workers of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.


Central Ohio Fire Museum

Location: 260 N. 4th St., Columbus

The Central Ohio Fire Museum will have expanded hours for Firehouse Expo registrants!  The week of the Expo, the museum will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 10am – 8pm. Friday-Saturday hours are 10am – 4pm. In addition to extended hours, Firehouse Expo registrants will receive a 20% discount off admission. The museum is located at 260 N. 4th St., Columbus.