IFBA 2024 Convention

IFBA 2024 Opening Ceremony

Questions or issues Email us – IFBA2024@gmail.com

Register for the Rehab training track only
Note this is included with full convention registration  

Richmond, VA is renowned for its wealth of history, art, and culture. The city’s museums offer a deep dive into various facets of American and Virginian heritage, making it a cultural hub for residents and tourists.

Richmond is one of the most historically significant cities in the United States, but it is also home to a thriving food, music, and arts scene. You will find many things to do while you’re in Virginia’s capital.


In 1792 the Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia issued the nation’s first fire insurance policy on the Masonic Hall on East Franklin Street in Shockoe Bottom. Fire prevention continued to become organized with the formation of the Richmond Fire Society in 1816. By 1819, Richmond had three volunteer fire companies: one based near the Capitol, one at Rockets Landing, and one on Shockoe Hill. Members maintained their own supplies, and each fire company sent representatives to Richmond Volunteer Fire Department meetings.

Richmond saw advances in firefighting technology and the founding of a paid city fire department in 1858, becoming the 6th in the Nation. 


The Metro Richmond Flying Squad is this year’s host club.  The Flying Squad name was taken from a former fire company in which the Fire Chief hand picked it’s members and they responded to the high life hazards and large incidents requiring their special knowledge and workmanship. The Modern Flying Squad reflects those same values as we select our members.  Our members earn their Flying Squad wings through the membership process and their continued commitment to our area firefighters.

Our organization is only eight years old but from its humble beginnings serving one fire department and responding to 20 runs that year, the Squad has expanded to covering 2000 square miles providing support to seven fire departments with an average of 400 incidents annually.


Tuesday September 24th

  • Registration Opens
  • Executive Board Meeting
  • Complimentary MRFS Shuttles to Downtown, Capitol Square, Carytown and Shockoe Slip (ample restaurants and shops)

Wednesday September 25th

  • Complimentary Breakfast in Lobby (each day)
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Key Note Speaker
  • Lunch provided by Richmond Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 995 at hotel
  • Rehab Training Track included with convention registration.
  • 13:00 to 13:45 – Ira Cohen Rehab Resources
  • 13:45 to 14:00 – Break
  • 14:00 to 17:30 – MRFS Cadre- Rehab 101- The 4 Ps (Principles, Processes, Practices and Practical Application)
  • 17:30 to 18:30- Dinner
  • 19:00 to 19:45 – Rick Golembeski Grant Writing
  • Dinner on your own
  • Photo op in hotel parking lot
  • Complimentary MRFS Shuttles to Downtown, Capitol Square, Carytown and Shockoe Slip (ample restaurants and shops)

Thursday September 26th

  • Complimentary Breakfast in Lobby
  • Bus trip 
    • Regional Technical Rescue Team demonstration
    • Firehouse visits with photo opportunities 
  • Alternate trip: A historical tour of Richmond
  • Lunch provided by the Henrico County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1568
  • General Membership Meeting
  • Mike Sanders – Rare Virginia Fire Apparatus
  • Tommy Herman – History Of The Richmond Fire Department & The Original Flying Squad 

Friday September 27th

  • Complimentary Breakfast in Lobby
  • Bus trip to Richmond Firehouse # 1 and St Johns Church on historic Church Hill. 
  • Lunch provided
  • Return bus trip to either hotel or Richmond International Airport Fire Station and Virginia Air National Guard Hangar
  • Breakout sessions at hotel that afternoon or evening (to be determined)

 Saturday September 27th

 Convention Breakout Sessions * Refer to schedule above* 

    • Rehab – The Four P’s – Presenter, Rick Talley, Retired Assistant Chief from Chesterfield County Fire and EMS.
      • Principles
      • Processes
      • Practices
      • Practical Applications 
    • Grant writing – Presented by Rick Golembeski, Executive Director of Development at Randolph Macon College
    • History of the Richmond Fire Department and Original Flying Squad , Tommy Herman, President of Old Dominion Historical Fire Society 
    • Mike Sanders  presents “Rare Fire Apparatus of Virginia  ” 
    • Jim Peruta, photographer for the  Hartford Connecticut Fire Department

The members of the Metro Richmond Flying Squad look forward to your visit to our area. We pledge to produce an entertaining and informative convention.  This year’s convention will include fire buff activities, rehab activities and historical site visits.  We have included a reduced price for your spouse or significant other. 

Remember that all roads, rails and airways lead to the Capitol City of Richmond Virginia this September.  

Steve Korb, IFBA President  * Subject to change