FORUM 2023 Details

Ft. Worth (Grapevine), Texas ...
November 6 - 9.

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The President's Reception ...  Sponsored by Johnson Controls

Tuesday .... In the evening, join us by the pool for great conversation and food.  All are welcome!

Thursday ... Just before lunch, join us for the movie that was aired at NFPA in June, "Six Locked Doors The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove".  After the movie - join us for lunch and our Annual Meeting.  All are welcome!

About the movie ... Six Locked Doors examines the story behind the deadliest nightclub fire in American history. On November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub was the swankiest place in Boston, Massachusetts, attracting socialites, athletes, celebrities and World War II army and navy personnel. With double the allowed occupants, locked doors, flammable materials and a host of other deadly conditions, the tragedy left 492 people dead. Six Locked Doors explores how corruption, greed and a former Jewish, gangster-run speakeasy led to an unimaginable tragedy. The film features interviews with survivors who have never before spoken on camera and showcases an extensive archive collection of photos, and unreleased vintage footage. A tragedy of enormous historical significance, the Cocoanut Grove fire set the standards for modern day fire codes, led to major changes in medicine, and resulted in the first conviction of involuntary manslaughter.

Monday (Optional Training) - Choice of classes

Monday "Soft Start" Details:

  • Currently there are 3 breakout sessions, but we are working on a 4th.
  • You can choose from either one 6 hour class, or all 2 hour classes.
  • CEU’s will be accumulated based on your time in class.

Cost is $400. Additional (regardless of membership type):

  • The cost is the same, whether you choose the 6 hour class or 2 or 3 breakouts. The charge is to cover CCFS expenses for food, the room audio visual equipment, 26% service charge, taxes, etc.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided for each attendee.

Monday Schedule (Tentative):

  • 8 AM Registration and Breakfast
  • 9AM – 4PM … Breakout A:  So, you want to be a campus fire marshal? ... A six-hour course given by a Team of CCFS Directors/Fire Marshal's
  • 12 – 1PM Lunch
  • 9 – 11 AM … Breakout B:  Crowd Management ... Learn what to do in an emergency before one occurs, a two-hour course by James Tidwell, NAFSM
  • 2 – 4 PM … Breakout C:  Victaulic Univ. NFPA 770 ... A two-hour intro & review of NFPA 770 and university specific applications, by Mario Pernas 

BREAKOUT A:  So .... You want to be a University Fire Marshal?

Fire Marshal 101 Abstract: (6 hours) ... 
This course will provide an overview of elements that may be found in a college or university fire and life safety program. This presentation is designed to be an interactive discussion lead by a panel of peers who have a passion for ensuring the safety of our campus communities. The program will address an array of topics including foundational essentials to all fire and life safety programs as well as a look into programmatic areas that may be found at many of our educational institutions. Whether new to the university fire and life safety setting or a seasoned veteran, all will benefit from the discussion, collaboration, and idea sharing and learning for each other’s successes as well as disappointments.

 Discuss the foundational elements of a university fire and life safety program
 Discuss the roles and responsibilities of a university fire marshal staff
 Discuss the various programmatic areas that may exist in a university fire and life safety program

Trainers include CCFS Directors:  Justin Daniels, Alan Sactor, Jody Nolan, James Rainer, Kevin McSweeney, Bob Ferrara, Douglas Gazzale

Breakout B:  Crowd Management ...
Learn what to do in an emergency before one occurs, a two-hour course by James Tidwell, NAFSM


This course includes four segments, or “lessons”.  The lessons focus on the roles and responsibilities of the crowd manager before and event, during an event, and in cases of emergency. The course includes prevention strategies to avoid a serious incident, and also provides evacuation and defend in place strategies. The students will find the lessons to be interactive, with several quizzes to assure their understanding, and interesting reading material about how some of the past disasters could have had different outcomes. 

In order to be awarded a completion certificate, the student must pass a final examination with a minimum score of 80.  While it’s impossible to go into significant detail about the course content here, rest assured that NASFM and CCFS have reviewed the course and found it relevant to their respective missions.

Students who successfully complete the course will acquire the knowledge to:
• Conduct pre-event inspections to identify problems with exits and egress paths, and assure required fire systems are operational
• Use a portable fire extinguisher
• Guide the crowd in an emergency
• Recognize when to use protection strategies, including defend-in-place, evacuation or partial evacuation
• React to deteriorating weather conditions
• Identify problem attendees, and what to do once they’re identified
• Coordinate with emergency responders

Breakout C:  Victaulic University...

NFPA 770 ... The New Standard For Hybrid Fire Extinguishing Systems.  A two-hour intro & review of NFPA 770 and university specific applications.  The purpose of this course is to provide learners with an overview of the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems and how hybrid technology is revolutionizing special hazard fire protection.  

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Keynote Speaker ... Kelly Ransdell, Regional Director, NFPA

How to protect his Big World.

This session will give you the latest updates on how to address emerging hazards in your community through resources provided by NFPA.

Prior to being a Regional Director, Ransdell served as an NFPA Regional Education Specialist covering 17 states in the Southeast and Northeast regions. Before joining NFPA, she worked as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal for nearly 15 years and the State Director for Safe Kids NC. Ransdell also served as an NFPA Public Education Advisor in the Southern Region for 7 years. Randell attended North Carolina State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She received a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from East Carolina University. She began her 26 year career in emergency services as an Emergency Medical Technician with Knightdale EMS & Rescue.

FOR EXHIBITORS - More than just an Exhibit .....  Be the Texas Star of the Day 

Welcome to: "Star of the Day"
We're organizing a new Exhibitor Program at this year's Forum, and we will video record you in your booth for 15 minutes.  Feel free to present your product/services - similar to our Campus Coffee Break Series.  More details will be forthcoming.

After the Forum, your videos will be placed on our website for the public and members and will be available for at least a year - then archived in our online library for members to watch on demand.  BUT ...that's not all .... each day, one of our Expo videos will air on our Social Media Platforms (FaceBook/LinkedIn), making YOU the Star of the Day!

During the expo we'll set up a time to video tape a 15 minute presentation. 

You can choose from one of these options:
1) Video in your booth with product.
2) Video in a separate area where you can talk/present with or without product.
3) Send us a 15 minute video you produced on your own.

 Booth Details:  (coming soon)

Booth Assignments: (coming soon)

Star of the Day Video Recording Schedule: (coming soon)

Transportation Details - Easy!

This year, the hotel is located at the DFW Airport, eliminating the need to rent a car for most of you.  There are several methods of transportation you can take advantage of:

From the Airport: Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport offers complimentary 24/7 shuttle service between the hotel and all DFW terminals. To arrange a pick-up from DFW Airport terminals, call (972) 453-1234, text (972) 325-0899. Please include your name, terminal, gate number, and the number of people in your party. Access the Hyatt shuttle on the terminal’s lower level. 

Departing the Hotel: For transfers from Hyatt Regency DFW to DFW Airport terminals, hotel shuttles depart the main hotel lobby every 20 minutes beginning on the hour.

2) TO THE TEXAS RAIL (TRE) ... The Hyatt shuttle will take you to the Texas Rail System inside the airport.

3) THE COMPLIMENTARY GRAPEVINE VISITORS SHUTTLE (and fun things to do) ... Grapevine Texas is only 10 minutes away.  The shuttle departs on the hour from the hotel. Visit guests services for times and stops.


You can enter the Airport from Highway 183 from the south or Highway 114/Highway 635 from the north. The airport itself has one road, International Parkway, which runs the length of the airport, north to south.


Hotel Check in is available Through the World of Hyatt Mobile App, Touchless Check-In & Keyless Entry are available to World of Hyatt Members.

PARKING ... Important:  Get your ticket Validated at the hotel!!!

Self-Parking is provided complimentary for our your event.  ALL guests, including those with a TOLLTAG: Enter DFW Airport Toll Plaza through lanes marked “TICKET OR QR CODE” ONLY. Pull a ticket and provide it to a hotel attendant for validation. DO NOT ENTER through lanes marked TollTag. Otherwise, your TollTag will be charged and you will be responsible for the daily parking rate. Once inside the airport, all exits are on the LEFT. Exit Terminal C/ Hyatt Regency DFW Hotel. Follow signs for Terminal C, and Hyatt Regency DFW will be on your right. 

FOOD :-) ... 

CCFS provides Breakfast and Lunch for registered attendees only.  This information may be useful for dinner and if you are bringing a spouse/partner.

DINING (Located Lobby Level): 

  • Jacob’s Spring Grille– Hours: Breakfast 6am-10am, Lunch 11am-2pm serving classic American fare.  
  • Jett’s Market– Open daily offering grab-and-go market fresh items to include bagels, pastries, sandwiches, salads and much more.
  • ACES Lobby Bar– Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm- 12am and Saturday– Sunday 12pm-12am. Kitchen closes at 11pm. Offering craft casual dining and signature drinks.
  • Mister G’s– Hours: Monday-Friday 5pm-10pm featuring sushi and cocktails.
  • Room Service Mobile Ordering – Hours: 11am- 11pm daily. Order in room dining conveniently from your phone.


Fitness Center- 24-hour Hyatt StayFit fitness center, including free weights, Peloton Bikes Pre-Cor® equipment (accessible for guests
with guest room key)
Swimming Pool– Heated, outdoor zero-edge swimming pool
FedEx Business Office– Hours: Monday-Friday 7am- 4pm, Saturday and Sunday Closed. Located on ground level.
Off-site Exploring- Complimentary Grapevine, Visitor Shuttle. Shuttle departs on the hour from the hotel. Visit guests services for times
and stops.


Take A Virtual Hotel Tour here: Explore Hyatt Regency DFW

Fun Things in Grapevine:

Altitude Trampoline Park:

Build A Bear (at Grapevine Mills):

Corkey’s Gaming Bistro  - featuring axe throwing, escape rooms and arcade ...

CrushIt! Virtual Sports Lounge with golf, soccer, baseball, carnival game simulators and more:

Fieldhouse USA (at Grapevine Mills) – rent a court for volleyball, basketball, etc.:

Grapevine Escape (Escape Rooms):

Grapevine Vintage Railroad – ride the rails in Victorian style coaches:

Island Carousel (at Grapevine Mills):

Legoland Discovery Center (at Grapevine Mills):

Let’s Pretend Parties (magical tea-party experience):

Main Event Entertainment with bowling, laser tag, billiards, etc.:

Nash Farm (Heritage Farm-tours and activities):

Painting with a Twist:

Peppa Pig World of Play (at Grapevine Mills):

Rainforest Café (at Grapevine Mills):

Round 1 – (at Grapevine Mills) Bowling & Amusements with bowling, billiards, ping pong, darts & karaoke.

Sea Life Aquarium (at Grapevine Mills):

Settlement to City Museums:

Summit Climbing Gym –state of the art facility featuring top-rope, bouldering and lead climbing:

Texas Gun Experience – shooting gallery and event space:

The Escape Game Dallas (at Grapevine Mills):

Vetro Glass Blowing Studio:

Warhammer Store & Café: