Nashville, TN — Endeavor Business Media and the Firehouse Expo event team have closely monitored the developments around the COVID-19 pandemic with the highest priority of protecting the health and safety of its attendees, instructors, exhibitors, sponsors and employees. In these efforts to host a safe and productive event, the very difficult decision has been made to shift from an in-person event to a virtual experience to be held December 8-9, 2020.
“In our commitment to transparency, we believe that it is important to specifically outline the reasons behind this decision. Quite simply, the crushing impact of COVID-19 on Nashville has made it impossible for us to guarantee your safety or provide you with the experience that you deserve. We cannot in good faith move forward with an event that we think puts you, your co-workers, or your families at risk,” said Bill MacRae, Vice President and Group Publisher of Firehouse Expo. “It disappoints us greatly to not host an in-person event, but we know that there is no other responsible decision to make.”
As COVID cases continue to surge in Tennessee, local officials, partners and the Nashville hospitality industry are unable to predict the availability of everything that makes Firehouse Expo special – the availability of hands-on training sites, the ability to deliver the conference program due to travel bans and quarantine policies, and even nightlife activities on Broadway. Despite creating detailed protocols to keep attendees and exhibitors safe, the virus poses too high of a risk in bringing thousands of people together.
“Though we can’t meet face-to-face in October, the impact of the pandemic has made training and preparation more important than ever. We are deeply committed to providing a platform that enables the fire service to come together to share experiences, lessons learned and tactics that can save more lives. We also recognize the need to get back to business as best we can and that providing opportunities for our exhibitors to network and demonstrate their products and services is vital,” said Peter Matthews, Firehouse Expo Conference Director. “To that end, we are excited to announce the launch of Firehouse Expo Direct, an interactive platform designed to engage, educate and connect with colleagues, experts and leading vendors across the industry.”
Firehouse Expo Direct will be a multi-faceted virtual event experience featuring top instructors in the fire service leading webinars, panel discussions and chat forums to exchange information and share ideas. Firehouse Expo’s parent company, Endeavor Business Media, has put its full arsenal of resources and expertise behind producing high-quality, productive and engaging virtual events and Firehouse Expo Direct will be no exception.
The entire Firehouse Expo team is sincerely grateful for your support and understanding of these changes and stand ready to assist you with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in 2021, September 14-18 in Columbus, OH.
Stay safe. Stay well.
All Firehouse Expo exhibitors were sent an email outlining your options for your existing 2020 contract. If you did not receive this email or need additional assistance, please contact Sandy Norris, Exhibit Sales Manager.
If you booked a hotel room through our housing company, Connections Housing, your room will automatically be cancelled with no further action required on your part. If you booked a room outside of our housing company, please contact the hotel directly.
Firehouse Expo 2021 will take place September 14-18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. Program details, pricing and exhibit information will be available soon at firehouseexpo.com.
Firehouse Expo Direct will take place in early December 2020 and will feature a multi-faceted virtual training and networking platform. More details will be available soon at firehouseexpo.com. For sponsorship information, contact Sandy Norris.