The North Florida Fire Expo started in 2019 as notes on a napkin when founders Nick Peppard and Mike Hall were discussing ways to raise money for a fire department member who had been recently diagnosed with cancer. We didn't know much about running a conference, but were determined to provide affordable, high-quality training to firefighters in North Florida and beyond while simultaneously making a small difference for our member fighting for her life. The first event was held in March 2020 on Navarre Beach, FL. We had 75 students that first year, but the training was absolutely amazing. In the end we raised $10,000.00 for our member in need.
We didn't know what to expect, but the feedback we had that first year was very encouraging. We weren't sure if we were going to do a second conference, but with support from several instructors, students and sponsors we decided to proceed with conference #2. But the journey wasn't without struggles as the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to halt our progress on several occasions. While other conferences succumbed to the pandemic, we were able to navigate the muddy waters and in March 2021 we hosted the second annual North Florida Fire Expo. This event was truly amazing considering the effects the pandemic had on travel and training. We more than doubled our first-year student registrations topping out at 155 registered students that year!
The conference moved to Okaloosa Island, FL in 2022 and has been there ever since.
2024 is a special year as we are celebrating our 5th anniversary as a conference! The 5th annual NFFX is poised to be the best one yet and promises to deliver the absolute highest quality of training, education and brotherhood from beginning to end.
And what's even more amazing is that this EPIC experience can be had for only $275 for ALL FOUR DAYS with early bird pricing running until September 30th! We here at the North Florida Fire Expo are dedicated to passionately pursuing excellence through authentic blue-collar fire training!