COVID-19 Safety Precautions & Reassurances

The Florida Fire Chiefs' Association is committed to following CDC Guidance for Large Events and Gatherings to demonstrate our ability to meet safely so we can continue to hold in-person meetings and events. Currently, the below safety measures will be in place during the 2021 Executive Development Conference, subject to change dependent upon any changes per CDC, local, state or federal government guidance/mandate:

  • Temperature checks will be taken each day upon entry to the meeting space. Once cleared, you will receive a colored wristband for the day that indicates you have cleared the temperature check and do not need to be screened for the remainder of that day's program.
  • Meeting room seating will be set with social distancing. We ask that all registrants indicate what sessions and events they plan on attending so we can ensure we have adequate space and can accommodate all participants comfortably.
  • Measures in place by the host resort, the Sheraton Panama City Beach:
    • Marriott requires all associates and guests wear face coverings. Well-fitting masks and face coverings that fit completely over the nose and mouth will be required to enter communal areas and meeting space.
    • Hand sanitation stations throughout the resort.
    • Electrostatic sprayer on all high touch surface areas throughout the day.
    • Increased all cleaning policies at the resort and require all associates to take their temperature prior to coming to work along with not allowing anyone with any other symptoms to come to work. Anyone with symptoms has to then get a COVID-19 test and must get a negative result before returning to work. 
    • This resort has been very fortunate not to have any issues to date.
    • Additionally you may review the Marriott Standard Commitment to Clean which details all aforementioned efforts.

About the Conference

Our annual summer conference is intended for head of department Fire Chiefs, Chief Officers and any Fire Service professionals who currently hold or wish to pursue a career in leadership. The educational program is structured as all general sessions, bringing together executive and management level discussions as well as topics at the forefront of concern. This program aims to give the participants a broader view of Fire Service issues and their role as leaders to influence the future of their department and the industry as a whole.

Full registration to the conference includes access to various networking events and a guest pass for a spouse/partner. In an industry so close knit and where relationships matter, this event fosters the concept of the "fire family" and encourages participants to connect and share ideas with one another so together, we can make the Fire Service better than we left it.

The vendor opportunity at this event is through sponsorship and a limited vendor showcase of cocktail rounds with only informational material/giveaways permitted to give all vendors equal representation.


About the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association

Since 1958, FFCA has served the chief fire executive of career, combination and volunteer departments. In 1993, the decision was made to open the membership up to any individual involved in fire and emergency services from the chief fire executive to the firefighter and to serve these members by establishing professional-interest sections where specialized programming is offered.

In 1994, FFCA’s Foundation, the Florida Fire Chiefs' Foundation was established. Education programs are offered through the foundation’s Center for Fire and Emergency Services Leadership including the Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI).

A board of directors composed of six regional directors and a five-member executive committee governs the association. There is a staff of five and two contracted lobbyists. The headquarters is located in Tallahassee.

The FFCA represents over 2,200 members.


The Florida Fire Chiefs' Association (FFCA) is Florida's leading management education organization for fire and emergency services professionals. It is the professional association that specializes in promoting and supporting excellence in fire and emergency services management. FFCA programs help members maintain and develop their management and leadership skills.


The Florida Fire Chiefs' Association advances the profession of fire and emergency services through proactive leadership, education and advocacy.


Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
4114 Jan Cooley Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
(850) 236-6000
Hotel Group Rate
A reduced nightly rate of $169.00 (plus tax) has been negotiated for conference attendees. The group rate is subject to availability, and room types are limited, so be sure to make your hotel reservation in advance. Daily resort fee of $30 per night per room will appear on reservation confirmations, but will be waived upon final invoice/checkout. Complimentary self-parking and in guestroom internet access. Negotiated rate ends June 23, 2021