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(Fire·man·ship): "The practice, skill and trade of Firefighting"


Sunday Night Social: Tomorrow will be our LT. Brad Clark “Send It” Lager beer release. Lt Brad Clark was going to be a speaker at this years Conference. Brad lost his life on October 11, 2018 while working at an emergency scene.

Together with MT Tabor Brewing Company we created a beer in Brad’s name. What a better fit then SEND IT LAGER. With every purchase of this beer, $1 will be donated to the Brad Clark Memorial Fund. We might even have special glasses (very limited)

Time: 17:00 - 21:00
Location: 124 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Shuttles will be provided from the hotels to Mt Tabor brewing. Other options are Taxi, UBER or LIFT personal vehicles not recommended parking is very very limited.

Education & Training

This year's Conference will provide several hundred of hours of education and training for more than 700 Firefighters of every rank, from Fire Departments all across the country.

Have you noticed your Fire Department is steadily increasing the amount of required training in topics other than Fire Suppression? Spend a few days with us studying the art of Firefighting and perfecting your craft.


We donate the net profits from the event to Sons of the Flag, a nonprofit organization that provides critical support to military service members, firefighters and civilians who have survived burn injuries. So far we have donated $175,000!

This year we plan do donate much more, and with your help we can keep providing critical funding for burn care across the country.


Whether you want to meet some of the speakers, talk shop or catch up with old friends, your evenings will be full.

Every year we survey the attendees for their feedback, and one of the overwhelming responses what that the evening social events were a huge benefit. We plan to host a social event each night of the Conference this year as well.

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©️ Greg Muhr


Key Note Speaker

MSG (R) Leroy Petry

2019 Main Speakers

Nick Landry  (Eagle Fire department) - "Vertical Ventilation Viability for the Truck Operator"

John Salka (FDNY) - "Structural Fire ; Primary Search"

Ben Shultz (West Palm Beach Fire Rescue) - "Every Second Counts"

James Johnson  - "Facts Not Fear"

Brad Clark (Hanover Fire-EMS) - "The War to Win the Middle"

Santiago Lasa (Boston Fire) - "Beacon St. LODD's of Ed Walsh and Mike Kennedy"

Kiel Samsing (Newport News Fire Department) - "Estimating the Stretch: The Long and Short of Engine Work"

Dan Doyle (Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire) - The House on the Hill. "Topography Challenged Residential Fire Tactics"

Dena Ali (Raleigh Fire Department) - "Understanding and Preventing Firefighter Suicide"

Sam Hittle (Wichita Fire) - "Forcible Entry Wins are in the Details"   

Curt Isakson (Escambia County Fire Rescue) - "It's worth the Risk"

"Storyteller" Sessions

Arty Riccio (FDNY)

Dennis Smith (FDNY)

Lee Ielpi (FDNY)

Lecture Venue

All of the lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be held at the historic Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland

The Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209


Shuttles will run from the Paramount Hotel to the Crystal Ballroom for the Lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Shuttles start at 0645 and end at 0800. Shuttles back to the hotel start at 1800.

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Thank you all for the huge support for this years Firemanship Conference. Registration has been overwhelming. Unfortunately our host the Paramount Hotel has reached capacity. We found an additional accomidations at the Hotel Modera in downtown Portland.

We have reserved a block at Hotel Modera for a discounted rate of $169.00 (plus tax) a night for either King or a limited number of double Queen rooms. The block is reserved from February 24th untill March 1st. If you would like to stay extend your stay outside the block, please contact the Hotel Modera directly and they will honor the price for the 2 days prior/post conference. Please use this link below to make a reservation. The group discount code will automatically populate, then select your date range.

 Hotel Modera Reservations.

If you have any difficulty please contact the Hotel directly  503.308.1637 and refer to Firemanship Conference Group Rate

The Group Code will also be on your Registration Confirmation email, or write to and we'll send it again.

There are many other hotel options downtown, and AirBnB is also a good bet for groups.


The airport is located 9 miles northeast of downtown Portland. Getting to and from Portland International Airport (PDX):
1) Taxicabs (approximately $35 before gratuity). Radio Cab offers discount with coupons available on their website.

2) Uber or Lift (approximately $30 before gratuity)

3) Light Rail (MAX). The MAX Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. It takes about 38 min. An adult ticket is $2.50 The MAX ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator)

During the Conference we will provide shuttles. Shuttles will run from the Paramount Hotel to the Crystal Ballroom for the Lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Shuttles start at 0645 and end at 0800. Shuttles back to the hotel start at 1800.

Shuttles to the HOT Classes will leave the Paramount Hotel at 0700, to reach the HOT Class sites around 0730.

©️ Greg Muhr


2018 Firemanship Conference


JP Dinnell / Arthur Ashley / Paul Capo /
Jeff Pugh / Patt Kenny / Bryan Lynch / Ryan
Royal / Aaron Fields / Katie Johnson / Sam Satterfield/ Vincent Muscarella  / Andrew Brassard / Shannon Stone / Curt Isakson /
Tom Ziegler / Kevin Shea / Ted Corporandy

Evening Event Locations

Ringler's Pub / Punch Bowl / Kell's Irish Pub / Lola's Room/ The Yard House / Fat Head's

Lecture Location

McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom


Supporting Sponsors

Elkhart Brass / Scott Safety / Key Hose / MES Fire Equipment / ShurSales / Home for Heroes / Shur-way / ParaTech / All Hazards Rescue / Anderson Rescue / Lone Star Axe / Fire Hide Leather / RJ Machine Company / Rogue Fire, LLC / Fire by Trade/ Bullex / Unifire /Hillsboro Fire / Clarck County Fire & Rescue / All Hazards Rescue / PF&R / TVF&R / Clark County Fire Dist. 6 / Flir / Atomic Decals & Designs / the Rescue Wedge / Genesis / Fire House Subs / Frito Lay / Shurway Lumber / Parr Lumber / Rise Above Fire Training / NW Safety Clean / Brass Eagle Fabrication / Scappoose Fire / First in-lastout Fire Equipment & Training, LLC / Mt Tabor Brewing / Hilti / Puget Sound Fools / CRF&R / Gresham Fire / Port of Vancouver / Engine House Training / Echelon Front / Kick the Door Training / County Fire Tactics / Nozzle Forward / Vent enter search / Irons and Ladders, LLC / Truckie Talk / When things Go Bad, Inc / Strategic Fire Training / Star Cycle / Dauntless / FDTN / Oath Keeper Conference


HOT Classes

The Nozzle Forward (Aaron Fields)
Man vs Machine (Andrew Brassard)
Practice Ground ladders (Bryan Lynch & Ryan Royal)
Can Confidence (Eric Wheaton)
BiB Engine Ops
Brass Tacks & Hard-ER Facts (Chris Martin & Jerry Herbs)
Gaining Relative Superiority (Ben Shultz)
DIY Engine (Gary Lane)
Eng Co. Roles & Responsibilities(Jeff Shupe)
When Things go Bad (Paul Capo)
VES: Beyond the Door
Vehicle Stabilization A-Z (Bill Dunlap)
Command Officer Boot Camp (Curt Isakson)

In 2018 you helped us raise another $90,000 for Sons of the Flag!

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2017 Firemanship Conference


Mike Lombardo / Jerry Smith / Jeff Cool / John Butz / Dennis LeGear / Jeff Shupe / Isaac Frazier / Ric Jorge / Omar Avila / Shawn Donovan / Bob Pressler / Rob Brown / Brian Brush

Evening Event Locations

Ringler's Pub / Kell's Irish Pub / The Yard House / Fat Head's / Henry's 12th Street Tavern

Lecture Location

McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom

Supporting Sponsors

Elkhart Brass / 1-800 BoardUp / Key Hose / MES Fire Equipment / ShurSales / Home for Heroes / Shur-way / ParaTech / All Hazards Rescue / Anderson Rescue

HOT Classes

The Nozzle Forward (Aaron Fields)
Mid-rise and High-Rise Fire Attack (Jeff Shupe)
Tactical Extrication (Isaac Frazier)
Tactical Topside Vent (Colin Kelley)
VES/Laddering with a Purpose (Lombardo/Trestrail/Smith/Donovan/Pressler)
The DIY Engine & Gaining Relative Superiority (Gary Lane & Brian Brush)

In 2017 you helped us raise another $40,000 for Sons of the Flag!

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2016 Firemanship Conference


Lt. Ray McCormack / Ryan "Birdman" Parrott / Mike Dugan / Aaron Fields / Dennis LeGear / Mark vonAppen / Gabe Angemi / Dan DeGryse

Lecture Location

Portland State University

Evening Event Locations

Yardhouse / PunchBowl Social / Kell's Irish Pub

With your support, we donated $45,000 to Sons of the Flag!

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Sons of the Flag will receive all of the profits from this year's Firemanship Conference. In the last two years we raised $85,000, and this year we plan to give much more.

  • Mission: The Resource for Burn Survivors.

  • Who We Are: Sons of the Flag is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research. We bring together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders and purposeful civilians to complete our mission.

  • Commitment: Sons of the Flag pledges to seek out and support physicians across the nation to perform advanced clinical trials aimed at improving methods in burn surgery.

  • Vision: The ultimate goal of Sons of the Flag is to accelerate the process of testing leading technologies and pushing them into circulation for immediate use. This will aid the recovery and lives of burn survivors across the nation.

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