2021 CONVENTION IS CANCELED
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the 2021 Wisconsin State Firefighters Convention has officially been canceled due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 virus.
While this was a very difficult decision to make, we are certain that it is the right decision to make. Our Board of Directors has been carefully monitoring the pandemic since it first came to be in the US. If you were at our 2020 convention back in March, you may recall that we were able to get that convention in just before our state began shutting down non-essential business and events.
While there are conflicting opinions surrounding this virus, one thing the WSFA could agree on for certain was that we could not bring our members, vendors, instructors, and all of their families into one space and just hope for the best. We feel that it is in the best interest of the Wisconsin Fire Service to make this responsible decision and do our part to slow the spread of this virus.
You may wonder if this decision has been made too soon, but there are many factors to consider when canceling a convention – contracts with hotels and convention centers, securing instructors, booking entertainment, soliciting sponsors, and preparing advertising and registration materials. All of this happens well before the actual convention. The WSFA Board took all of these things into consideration and felt like the most fiscally responsible and health-conscious decision would be to cancel the 2021 convention.
Looking ahead, the Hyatt Green Bay and the KI Convention Center, the location of the 2021 convention, was gracious and understanding in working with us. They allowed us to cancel our 2021 convention and book under the same contract for the 2022 convention. So, planning ahead, the 2022 WSFA Convention will be March 10 – 12, 2022 in Green Bay.
We thank you for your understanding and continued support. The health of our friends in the fire service is of utmost importance to us and we wish you all good health and a quiet rest of the year.
The NFA Class will still take place, however the location has been changed. The class will now take place at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Awards, scholarships and the poster contest are still on as usual.