Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend


The year 2014 was another success for volunteer firefighters.  We had 240 firefighters from Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland, and Virginia in attendance and they received over 5600 hours of training.  It is hard to believe that we are now in our tenth year and the staff is working very hard to provide you with the best training ever.  If you have any suggestions for classes, please email us at .

The dates for 10th Anniversary Event are September 16-20, 2015 and we will be offering many new classes for you to choose from.  For complete details on registration, course schedule, course descriptions, lodging, and much more, please click on the "Event" tab above.  A special 10th Anniversary gift will be given to all attendees. 

Also, this year  S-130/S-190/L-180 will be returning.  This class will start on Wednesday and end on Sunday. 

The annual Event is held at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida.   They have an area for drivers training which will be available for our EVOC class.  They also have a burn building for us to use.  We have use of their classrooms and the Student Services Center  for our lunches, banquet, breaks and our vendor displays.

We look forward to you joining us this year to make this the best year, yet!

Registration is NOW OPEN!    

Saturday Activity for the Family

Bring the family this year and let them enjoy a day of shopping at Destin Commons or a day at the Beach.  We will provide FREE transportation to these locations from our hotels in Niceville.  For more information, click on the link below.   Last day to sign up for this activity is Monday, September 14, 2015.  

Saturday Activity for the Family

Scholarship Information - NEW (Updated 6/14/2015)

The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. was awarded a FEMA SAFER grant in April 2011 to assist with paying your expenses in attending certain classes.  In July 2012, the Council amended the grant to provide free PPE to eligible fire departments and in December 2012, the Council decided to sponsor an online Firefighter I class.  For more information on these scholarships, online Firefighter I class, and FREE PPE, please visit the Scholarship Information page for complete information.

Just Added - The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend has partner with the Florida Forest Service to provide scholarships to current Florida 160 hour certified Firefighter I that wish to upgrade to the Florida 206 hour Volunteer Firefighter certification. Click on the "Scholarship Information" link above for more information. 

QuestionPro Surveys

The Council would like to thank QuestionPro as the sponsor of our survey software.  QuestionPro survey software allows the Council to survey our students to provide valuable feedback on our program so that we can continuously improve on it.  For more information, visit QuestionPro at


Event Information (Updated 6/1/2015)

The 10th Annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend will be  September 16-20, 2015.   Online Registration for all classes is available by clicking on the "Registration Information" link below.  Online Registration will close on September 17th at 6 pm CST.  Walk-in Registrations are welcomed during the Event but classes maybe limited. 

Check-in, lunches, banquet and vendors will be located in the Student Services Center, 1st Floor, of the NW Florida State College.  All of our classes will start at 8 am CST and lunch on Saturday and Sunday will be served from 11:45am till 1 pm.  We will be raffling items during lunch from 12:30 pm till 12:45 pm.  You must be present to win. 

Participants will receive a T-shirt upon checking-in.  On the registration form, please indicate your T-shirt size on the Registration Form so we know what size to order for you.  Also, a special 10th Anniversary gift will be given to all attendees. 

Highlights (Subject to Change)

  • Wednesday
    FFP 1740, Fire Service Course Delivery (Nutrition Center Dinning Room, 202-A N. Hwy 85, Niceville)
    This 40-hour course draws from many recognized authorities in exploring the methods and mechanics of imparting information and adult learning principles. The course emphasizes techniques which have wide application in teaching situations, as well as devices for specific areas. Also stressed are measuring teaching effectiveness, the use of media and visual aids.

    FFP 1810, Firefighter Tactics and Strategy I (Comfort Suites, 148 W John Sims Pkwy, Niceville)

    The curriculum is designed to cover basic factors involved in coping with an emergency scene, and determining the best use of available resources in protecting lives and property. The course emphasizes the changing nature of an emergency situation, and the ways in which the fire officer can evaluate the effectiveness of his or her proposed Incident Action Plan.


    FFP 2720, Company Officer (Quality Inn Conference Room, 101 N Hwy 85, Niceville)

    This 40 hour course is designed to assist fire officers in solving the varied problems and situation they will be required to manage effectively in today's ever-changing fire service.  The curriculum includes a review of fire department organization and administration, management theory, leadcership, communication, motivation, and small group dynamics.  (Part of Fire Officer I)


    S-130, S-190, L-180 (Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, 106 Bayshore Dr, Niceville)
    This is a 40-hour course that is designed to train firefighters in the basic fire behavior factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires, basic wildland firefighting training, and the human factors on the fireline.

    S-215, Fire Operations in Wildland/Urban Interface  (Location TBD)
    This 3-day course is is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface. Instructional units include: interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.


  • Thursday
    2nd Skills Sign Off for FF I Task Book, 9/17- 9/18 (Class located at Burn Tower on Campus) 
    This 2-day course will allow Florida  FF I students to complete their FF I Task Book for FF I Certificate of Completion.  For FF I Students only and Scholarships Available.  Complete set of NFPA approved PPE (Bunker Gear & SCBA) required.

  • Friday

    Come and join us on Friday evening for some fun.  Your sponsors will be available to answer your questions starting at 4 pm.   

    Our Silent Auction will begin Friday afternoon at 4 pm and will end Sunday afternoon at 1pm.  Check out our Silent Auction page for a list of items that are available.  Silent Auction items will be located in the Student Services Center next to our Concession area.  

    Check-in will begin Friday afternoon from 4 pm till 6:30 pm in the Student Services Building.  Saturday and Sunday check-in will be from 7:15 am till 8:15 am.  You will be able to pick up your class schedule at this time. 
  • Saturday Evening
    Banquet, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Opening Ceremonies began at 6 pm)
    Come and join us for a FREE banquet  along with door prizes.  Our catered Banquet will be held the Student Services Center at the NW Florida State College.  Your sponsors will also be available to answer your questions.  Come early to enjoy our opening ceremony complete with "Pipe & Drums", Posting of the Colors, and the National Anthem.  You will want to be there! 

    10 year Anniversary Celebration - To all attendees, please join us after the banquet Poolside at the Quality Inn from 8:30 pm till 11 pm to celebrate 10 years of the Volunteer Firefighter Weekend.  Music, snacks, and mixers will be provided.  Please, NO glass bottles allowed.  Shuttle service from the local hotels will also be provided.    

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