Registration now open for Detroit Fire Department's Inaugural Professional Development Conference

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The Detroit Fire Department will collaborate with the Detroit Public Safety Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to host their first-ever Professional Development Conference (PDC) at the DoubleTree – Fort Shelby July 10-12, 2024.

The PDC will feature a wide range of educational sessions, workshops, and demonstrations that cover various topics influencing today's fire service. Experienced professionals will lead sessions covering numerous fire service topics, including employee health and well-being, equity & inclusion, and bullying. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques, technologies, and trends in emergency response, management, and leadership. Highlights of this three-day conference also include:

  • A panel discussion with Executive Fire Commissioner, Charles Simms, where he will reflect on systemic changes within the Detroit Fire Department and the impact that transformational leadership has had on the organization and their service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.
  • A keynote presentation by Dr. Daniel Kistner, regarded as an industry leader and innovator on a variety of high impact topics including firefighter safety and health, adaptive leadership, professionalism, and prehospital medical services. He will deliver an inspiring and informative address on the challenges of culture change in the fire service.
  • Exhibitions where companies and organizations highlight their latest products, services, and technologies related to fire safety and emergency response. This will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore and learn about the latest advancements in the industry.
  • Networking with fellow professionals to exchange ideas and build relationships that can lead to future collaborations and partnerships.

This conference will serve as a platform for learning, networking, and collaboration among professionals in the fire service industry. We encourage fire service professionals from across the state and region to attend this special event.

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