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Join us .... Niagara Falls, New York


Training, networking, panel discussions, technology, exhibits and more!

2 1/2 days of educational sessions .... plus:

  • Special Optional ICC Training (IEBC by Rick Wood, University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
  • President's Reception - Tuesday Evening
  • Technology Exhibits  - Tuesday
  • Live Mock Dorm Room Burn - Wednesday Afternoon
  • Town Hall Discussion Forum - Thursday Morning
  • Member Luncheon and Annual Meeting - Thursday at noon.

Keynote Speaker

Tim Vandenbrink,  Deputy Fire Chief/Safe City
Spruce Grove Fire Services, Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada

Just Another "BORING" Safety Talk

A highly entertaining Speaker, Tim Vandenbrink addresses audiences across North America.  He challenges us to reflect on our attitudes towards fire and life safety.  With a healthy dose of humour Tim will take a fun yet meaningful look at some of the truths and myths about fire and life safety.  You will walk away with a clear understanding of your responsibility for your own safety, and also realize how you affect the safety of those in the Communities you serve!!

Tim Vandenbrink was a member of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services for 32 years, where he retired as the Assistant Fire Marshal in Fire Prevention.  Today Tim is a Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Spruce Grove Fire Services.  Throughout his career he has been involved in a number of Safety Organizations such as the Alberta and Edmonton Safety Councils and the Edmonton Safety City Education Society.  In addition he was an Education representative for the National Fire Protection Association.and also served on the NFPA Education Section Board of Directors.
Tim's anecdotes and humourous approach to a "sometimes boring" subject have kept him in demand as a keynote speaker at Fire Service, Injury Prevention and Educational Conferences across Canada, the United States and Europe. 

How do we help to keep students Fire-Safe ... on campus and beyond?

Mock Dorm Room Live Burn - (Classroom)

This one-hour course will present the uses and value of live burn demonstrations in the delivery of campus fire safety messages and education. Using proven principles from real life experience by the instructors attendees will be shown the benefits of live burn education. Messages supported by a live burn event such as the speed, heat, toxic smoke generation, FD response times, and the value of fire sprinklers will be presented.

A sample script for narration of a burn will be offered as a handout. Also addressed will be construction, staging, fire department participation, and potential assistance in funding for the event.

Mock Dorm Room Live Burn - (Outdoors)

Side by Side ...  The NY State Office of Fire Prevention and Control will host a live dorm room burn showing the difference between a sprinkled and un-sprinkled situation.

This demonstration will take place directly outside the convention center on a private street. NY State will also have their fire safety trailer available with additional demonstrations.

The demonstration will be built on-site by the NY State OFPC and the Niagara Falls Fire Department.  We will be busing in over 60 students from local area colleges.


  • Off Campus Fire & Life Safety Alliance Discussion Group
  • Every Bear Goes Home - A firefighter's response to unsafe party practices in a college community.
  • Kitchen Fire Safety
  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems: Common issues with design, installation, and maintenance – Avoiding cost overruns.
  • Fire Protection Technology related to cook tops
  • Marketing Fire Safety to Administrators or "Leading From the Middle"
  • Fire Safety Overview - Law Enforcement/Campus Safety
  • How to Execute Mock Dorm Room Burn - a 1 hour “how to” followed by a live mock dorm room burn.
  • NY State Fire Safety Trailer Tour & Demo
  • Wireless Smoke Detection Technology
  • Weather Decision Technology
  • Cloud-Based Fire Safety Program Management
  • Event Safety Alliance.
  • Fire Alarm Changes in the 2015 IBC and IFC.
  • Strive to Survive:  Teaching the Art of Survival in the 21st Century
  • Alarms Basics – a foundational class on types of systems, their purpose, and notification*
  • Fire Safety for Art Students*
  • Why Sprinkled Buildings Burn – a foundational class on water-based fire protection systems*
  • Your Campus and Fire Investigation
  • Fire doors and penetration protectives*
  • APPA and CCFS discuss school safety codes and security.

    *NYS in-service credited



CSHEMA Meet & Greet ... Monday evening

Grand Foyer of The Convention Center for a one-hour Meet and Greet sponsored by CSHEMA.

President's Reception ... Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

Sponsored by:

...  and I'll be there too!

along with hundreds and hundreds of my associates that are being especially flown in from New England, courtesy of SimplexGrinnell.  Don't miss this event!!!!

 Tuesday, October 27, 5-7 PM

Join us as we network and enjoy food specially prepared by both Students and Faculty.  You will also be able to see several of the kitchens and student training areas.  This promises to be a reception to remember..... More to come!   http://nfculinary.org


Why Attend?

FOCUS:  Campus Fire Forum is the only national conference that focuses exclusively on campus fire and life safety issues and continues to offer you the opportunity to learn from the experts and interact with campus fire safety professionals from across the country - and even from outside the USA. Hundreds of attendees representing colleges, universities, fire officials, city and state authorities and many other disciplines will be in attendance.

EDUCATIONAL VALUE: We understand today's budget choices, and are keeping our prices low while we continue to provide a truly valuable training experience that will help you to minimize the loss of life from fire.  Our Forum is robust.  It is packed with a vast array of educational and technology experiences for both on and off-campus housing, and other areas on campus.


You will receive a certificate of attendance for 15 hours (or more), plus:

  • Fire and life safety information and tools needed to help keep your off-campus and on-campus housing and administrative facilities fire-safe.
  • You will attend our numerous educational sessions and networking opportunities providing you the ability to easily exchange contact info and ideas.
  • You will learn more about the new initiatives and new technology.
  • And much more.

Who Attends?

Campus Fire Forum participation is nation wide with a small groups from international countries across the globe. 

The following chart depicts the "type" of participant.  It is taken from data beginning in 2010 thru 2014, and will be updated after each Forum.








- Early Bird Registration Prices end October 11, 2015

Attendees - Members (Tuesday-Thursday):

$500.00 Early Bird, by Oct 11. 
$575.00 Beginning October 12 at 12:01 AM

Attendees - Non Members (Tuesday-Thursday):

$575.00 Early Bird, by Oct 11. 
$650.00 Beginning October 12 at 12:01 AM

Exhibitors Booth+1:

Member $1100. | Non-Member  $1,400.

Optional:  ICC Training
Monday $200.

What's Included?

Meal plans for you spouse/partner are available during registration or contact us if questions. 

Your registration cost includes Breakfast, Lunch, Breaks from Tuesday thru Thursday, The President's Reception (Tuesday) and festivities during the Mock Dorm Room Burn.  If you are bringing your family you will have the option to purchase food for additional people when you register.


If you are flying into the Buffalo Airport there are several transportation options available to Niagara Falls.  DOWNLOAD INFO


Room Block is Closed - contact in-house reservation (between 8AM - 8PM)

if you need a room 716-285-3361

Sheraton at the Falls | 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

  • Commercial Rates:  Standard Room $134. per night + tax/fee
  • Government Rates (Requires ID at Check-in):  Standard Room $83. per night + tax/fee


Hotel Rules:

  • Room rates are quoted exclusively of applicable state and local taxes (which are currently 13%).
  • As a destination location the Hotel charges a 3% Destination Marketing Fee.  This assessment applies to all guestrooms.
  • The Hotel will extend the group rate three (3) days prior to and (3) days following our event based on space availability.
  • The maximum number of guests in a guestroom is 4 in a double room and 3 in a king room. 
  • The Hotel has a limited supply of rollaway beds ($25.00 daily), cribs (complimentary), refrigerators (complimentary) and microwaves ($10.00 daily) which are offered on a first come first serve basis.
  • The hotel offers ample parking in the adjacent, city-operated flat lot.  The current charge is $5.00 per car per day with unlimited in and out privileges.
Forum Program Activities
2015Niagara FallsDownload
2013St. LouisDownload
Forum History
 Year Place
 2017 Chapel Hill
 2016  Mesa
 2015 Niagara Falls
 2014 Orlando
 2013 St. Louis
 2011 Indianapolis
 2008 Providence
 2007  Austin
 2006  Chapel Hill
 2005  Boulder
 2004  Boulder
 2003  Tempe
 2002  Atlanta
 2001  Dallas
 2000  Orlando
 1999 Quincy
(with NFPA)


What people said about Forum 2014

"I always take something away from this conference. I liked the idea of providing multiple day sessions, such as ones covering NFPA 45, which allowed for more in depth information and discussion" ... Michael Bowles, University of Richmond.

It was one of the best I have attended. The area, the hotel, staff (hotel and fire forum staff) were tops. Very talented group of presenters that were on target with their presentation.... Charles Core, (Retired) Old Dominion University.

Fire and Life Safety on our Campus's is very important. This is clearly one of the best conferences that brings true professionals together with the campus leadership from across the country to share issues, concerns and discuss positive actions to be taken. Very good networking and educational sessions. ... Dan Finnegan, SIEMENS

This event like the other Fire Forum events I have attended was quite informative. I always learn something new at each Forum I have attended.... Richard Caruso, Carnegie Mellon University

I will continue to come back to this Conference. We have learned a tremendous amount of good practice information by attending. It is always good to meet and commiserate with our contemporaries. ... Charles Scott Jarmin, Iowa State

Great event! Very organized and informational. I'm happy to be a partner.... Tom Hammerberg, Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA)

I thought the conference was very good this year and I like the continued partnership with Shawn and Al from after the fire.... Ashley McElhare, University of New Haven

Overall, this was the best forum I attended to date. The subject matter from ICC training Monday to the training sessions were great. Keynote speaker was superb and having Shawn and Alvaro present was an added plus.... Kevin McSweeney, University of Delaware.

I like the format for vendors exhibits this year.... Jan Parker, North Carolina Office of the Fire Marshal

We were so pleased with the response from the Forum exhibit.  One of the Fire Officials we met even attended our conference the following week and provided great input. It truly was the best campus fire show yet. Looking forward to next year. ... Elizabeth Conha, CWSI