The North Florida Fire Expo started as notes on a napkin in South Florida when founders Nick Peppard and Mike Hall were discussing ways to raise money for one of our department members who was 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. 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 after some feedback and 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 last year!
Thus, the stage was set for year our upcoming conference. The 2022 North Florida Fire Expo is set to be the BIGGEST and the BEST NFFX yet! We have instructors coming to teach from FIFTEEN states, have added more lecture and HOT classes than ever before, are hosting the event at a BIGGER (and NICER) venue, and have listened to the feedback from previous students on how to improve our nightly socials. This year's event is kicking off with passionate keynote speech by Chief Rick Lasky and will feature some of the best and brightest instructors from across the nation sharing their knowledge and passion over what is going to be an absolutely electric, jam-packed three days on the beautiful, white-sandy beaches of Florida's Emerald Coast!
And what's even more amazing is that this EPIC experience can be had for only $299 for ALL THREE DAYS! We here at the North Florida Fire Expo are dedicated to passionately pursuing excellence through authentic blue-collar fire training!