September 16, 2021 
8:00am - 10:00am
Open to all attendees and exhibitors


Join us for the Opening Ceremony, a special event that celebrates excellence in the fire service and officially opens Firehouse Expo 2021. You’ll hear inspiring fire service leaders share their experiences and lessons learned, plus find out the 2021 recipients of awards including the Firehouse Michael O. McNamee Award of Valor and Firehouse’s Thomas Carr Community Service Award.


Brian Brush, Chief of Training, Midwest City, OK, Fire Department


Nearly 50 years ago, the seminal document America Burning was published, forging the mission, metrics and vision for the fire service we know today. As we approach the half century anniversary we must pause to take stock of our progress, evaluate our current environment and identify future potential. The success of our last 50 years has been a dramatic reduction in the number of fires; the potential consequence is rising complacency. Join us for a deep discussion on how we recalibrate our mission and our metrics today to support the vision of vigilance going forward for our service.