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Meeting Announcements


The Board of Directors meets the 1st Thursday of each month via tele-conference starting at 9:00AM or as otherwise called by the President.


Unless otherwise noted below, the CFFCA General Membership meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  All business lunch meetings start promptly at 11:30AM.


NEXT CFFCA General Business Meeting

ZOOM Tele-Conference

Sept 10th, 2020


Coping with Stress
and Anxiety During COVID-19


Kendra Davies
Stellar  Life Coaching





(Meeting Location)

Hilton Orlando Altamonte

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Hilton - Orlando/
Altamonte Springs

350 Northlake Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-5297
Tel: 407-830-1985
Fax: 407-331-2911 

Full service hot/cold lunch buffet $10pp including beverage, desert, tax and gratuity.

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Current News and
Special Announcements

July 6th, 2020 UPDATE

The CFFCA held a ZOOM Tele-Conference "State of Florida and Regional COVID-19 Update" on June 11th, It was well attended with 61 conference call attendees. State, Regional, and Local officials provided an update as to the COVID-19 impact on operations, current status, and future plans.

For planning purposes, the membership should MARK THE DATE of July 16th for another virtual tele-conference ZOOM meeting. which will focus on COVID-19 lessons learned and best practices within our 4-county area.

Our intent to restart our on-site business meetings at the Hilton on August 13th is under further discussion by the Board due to the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases. The August on-site meeting may be pushed to our September meeting date as a precautionary measure. More definitive details will be forthcoming from the Board on this matter.

All on-site meetings will be conducted in strict accordance with the most current CDC or local authority guidelines concerning group gatherings and social distancing.. The Hilton is well-prepared to offer a venue that is safe with the utmost social distancing compliance measures in place.

JUNE 11TH, 2020 [11AM - 12:30PM]
On June 11th, 2020 the CFFCA, in comjunction with the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association and Valencia College School of Public Safety, is hosting a 90-minute Tele-Conference on the State of the State and Region COVID-19. This virtual meeting via a ZOOM LINK will provide for a safe social distancing environment for the CFFCA / FFCA participating  members. The tele-conference informational flyer with LINK will be emailed to the CFFCA membership and the FFCA East Central Region members on or about Friday, May 29th, 2020. This virtual meeting will serve as the FFCA EC Regional Update that was cancelled  this past March due to COVID-19.

As we move forward with ramping back up our monthly business meetings, we will do so in a safe and responsible manner  in cooperation with the Hilton.

For planning purposes, the membership should anticipate another virtual meeting during July with hopes that our on-site business meetings at the Hilton starting back up in August, but only if safe to do so and in accordance with any CDC or local authority guidelines.

Effective March 12th, 2020

The CFFCA hopes and prays that our agencies, their personnel, and family members remain safe and vigilant during this unprecedented time in our history. God Bless all of you for your front-line valor and tireless service to your communities. The illustrative graphic above speaks for itself without any further editorial needed. We also appreciate our corporate partners for the continued assistance with special needs and keeping the supply chain moving wherever possible.

In response to the COVID-19 national pandemic, CFFCA monthly meetings and other related group gatherings, including the COLS-II symposium that was scheduled during the month of May, have all been indefinitely suspended.

The BOARD will continue to meet monthly via Go To Meeting conference call method to insure that CFFCA business matters are carried out. The Board will determine a very measured approach following all subsequent CDC guidelines on how the CFFCA may conduct business safely in the future once this pandemic is behind us.

Should any of our firefighters or members contract COVID-19, please know that they will remain in our daily thoughts and healing prayers for a full and healthy recovery. Our CFFCA Chaplain stands ready to assist if and when called upon or the need arises.

God Bless America!


John Miller
CFFCA President


In response to the dynamic and changing  COVID-19 pandemic and in an abundance of precautiom for our members and guests, this meeting has been CANCELLED until further notice. Further information will be forthcoming through membership email concerning future meetings and events.

2020 CFFCA Retiree Group Photo

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2020 CFFCA Retiree Round Up Group Photo
Photo collectively represents over 447 years of career service. Thank you for your selfless service to our Central Florida Communities.


February 13th, 2020

The monthly meeting of February 13th served as our annual CFFCA Retiree Round Up [photo above], Election of New Officers, and a very informative program by CORE on Clean Public Safety Building.

Newly Elected Officers in accordance with bylaws are:

Vice President - Chief Craig Radzak [re-elected]
District 2 [Seminole] - Chief Frank Cornier [re-elected]
District 4 [Lake] - Chief Mike Swanson [re-elected]
District 5 [Retirees] - Retired Chief Charlie Chapman

The above officers will be duly sworn-in and installed at the CFFCA March 12th, 2020 General Meeting.

The program "Clean PSB" presented by CORE focused on the industrey collaborative that is addressing the design and construction needs of fire stations to safeguard fire rescue personnel from the exposures of bio-hazard waste and carcinogens.

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CORE Clean Public Safety Building Presentation


January 9th, 2020


The CFFCA's first business meeting / program of the new year, January 9th, 2020, was held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs. This meeting served as an Agency Round Table Briefing for the membership. Each Agency Chief or their Represenative orally presented an update briefing on each of their organizations.

Eighteen [18] agencies provided a very informative update on their respective agencies to the 48 members in attendance.

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Agency Round Table Meeting 2020

Thank you to the following agencies that participated:

Sanford FD
Kissimmee FD
Lake Mary FR
St. Cloud FR
Orlando FD
Clermont FD
Seminole County FD
Apopka FD
Ocoee FD
Winter Garden FR
Orange County FR
Forrestry Services
Maitland FR
Lake County FR
Eustis FD
Mount Dora FD
FSFMO FF Safety Section

Remaining meeting / program photos can be found on the GALLERY page.


Corporate Partner Appreciation
December 19th, 2019

The CFFCA held its Annual Christmas Luncheon and Corporate Partner Appreciation on December 19th, 2019 at the Hilton Altamonte Springs with 53 in attendance.

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Each Corporate Partner was recognized by CFFCA President John Miller and presented with a custom CFFCA logo ceramic tile for their gracious support throughout the year.

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Corporate Partners 2019


"Maintaining Leadership Credibility"
October 22nd, 2019

Dr. Larry Ritcey - Presenter

The CFFCA held a 1-Day Leadership Seminar at the Hilton on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 with 47 officers in attendance and 21 agencies represented.

Thank you to our Seminar Co-Sponsors:

Tony Apfelbeck
Fisher Safety
CORE Construction Services
North American Fire Equipment Company

Please visit our Gallery for all seminar photos...

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Dr. Larry Ritcey
Leadership Seminar Group 2019
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9-11 Memorial Hilton
CFFCA 9-11 Memorial at the Hilton
Updated with the addition of the
Florida FF LODD  art piece entitled:

"The Final Alarm"

Go to GALLERY PAGE to view all photos

Florida Fallen FF Memorial Unveiling
State Capitol Building - Tallahassee

April 1st. 2019

FFCA/CFFCA President John Miller attended the Fallen FF Memorial Ceremony at the State Capitol where the newly dedicated Fallen FF Memorial was unveiled in the presence of hundreds of fire officials, dignataries, and surviving family members of the fallen.

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FL Fallen FF Memorial Ceremony

[Photo L to R: Ray Colburn  - FFCA CEO, Chief John Miller - FFCA/CFFCA President, Chief Julie Downey  - FFCA Fire Chief of the Year, and Chief Otto Drozd - 2nd Vice President IAFC.]

Please browse ALL PHOTOS on our Gallery Page...

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Photo Presentation  LINK

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Please visit our Gallery to see additional photos....

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Valencia College SPS-FRI Advertisement
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CONGRATS are in Order

Chief Otto Drozd SCFD
Otto Drozd
Appointed Fire Chief
Seminole County
Fire Dept

April 13th, 2020

Chief Kevin Carroll - Groveland FD 2020
Kevin Carroll
Appointed Fire Chief
Groveland Fire Dept

February 3rd, 2020

[Press Release]

Fire Chief Mark Oakes - Retired SCFD
Mark Oakes
Seminole County FD

January 3rd, 2020
36 Years
Career Service

Chief Barksdale - OFD
Benjamin Barksdale, Jr.
Appointed Fire Chief
Orlando Fire Department

December 2nd, 2019

[Press Release]

Fire Chief Craig Haun
Leadership Award Process LINK

Chief Kim Neisler - 2019 Leadership Award
Kimberly Neisler
 Fire Chief - Retired
Maitland Fire Rescue
2019 Award Recipient
Fire Chief Craig E. Haun
Leadership Award


Truss Marking Follow-Up Report

Light-Weight Truss Roundtable
February 25, 2010

IRC Residential Sprinkler
Discussion Guide

IRC Residential Sprinkler PowerPoint Presentation

Chief Bugles

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Red Sky
We shall never forget...

Safe Haven Logo

[ Click on LOGO to visit Safe Haven web site ]

CFFCA is a supporting partner of  Safe Haven for Newborns. Public awareness signs with the above LOGO have been installed on all participating fire station facilities throughout the Central Florida area of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake Counties.