The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend began as an idea of the Florida State Fire College in 2005. In the spring of 2006, we began our planning and the first annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend was held December 8-10, 2006. We partnered with the Florida State Fire College, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, and several corporate sponsors to produce this free training event. The event was a huge success with over 140 volunteer firefighters from more than 40 departments. The volunteer firefighters received over 1700 hours of training during the weekend.
In early 2007, we began planning with the Florida State Fire College for the Second annual event and decided that we should become an independent non-profit organization. The necessary forms were filed with the State of Florida and on May 10, 2007 we become the “Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc.”, and in December of 2008, the IRS determined that we qualified for 501(c) (3) status. The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council continues to partner with the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, and Northwest Florida State College to provide FREE training to volunteer firefighters.
Each year during the third weekend in September, the Council holds an annual Event where over 230 firefighters from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee attend a week long of training that consist of over 35 hands-on and classroom courses.
- Free Hands-On and Classroom training for Firefighters