Journeyman Fire conference


JANUARY 19TH, 2OTH, 21ST 2019




We are Journeymen


Every firefighter should strive to be a journeyman. We all start out as apprentices and are on a road to improving our knowledge base. Good firefighters know there is no mastery of our craft. Firefighting is a perishable skill and we should always be striving to improve our skills. Based out of West Point, VA, the Journeyman Fire Conference has a focus on tried and true fireground skills. We are dedicated to keeping the blue collar nature of the fire service alive. All proceeds go to the Central Virginia Burn Camp and The Evans-Haynes Burn Center.






0800hrs: A Tribute to Brad Clark

0830hrs: Cody Trestrail, Portland Fire

1230hrs: Lunch: Mission BBQ

1315hrs: Nick Martin, Salisbury Fire

1515hrs: Chris Tobin, St. Louis Fire


0745hrs: Keynote- Brian Bastinelli

0830hrs: Ray McCormack, FDNY

1230hrs: Lunch: Chick-Fil-A

1315hrs: Grant Schwalbe, Estero Fire

1515hrs: Mike Torres, Chicago FD


MONDAY JANUARY 21ST            

0800hrs: Intro of the day-Bobby Matthews 

0830hrs: Shawn Donovan, Boston Fire      

1030hrs: Mike Dowling, PGFD

1215hrs: Chick-Fil-A

1315hrs: Bill Schnaekel, Fairfax Co. Fire

1515hrs: Chris Smith, DCFD



Next Friday the 15th of June at 10am we will announce our speaker list. We almost have the entire line up set, just working on a few more people you guys will love. Kiel Samsing will be doing the Keynote to kick off our conference and there will be some daily intro speakers.


We firmly believe that we should never forget the victims of the incidents we respond to. This craft will always be about them. In the spirit of this we would like to announce we are donating all proceeds to the Central Virginia Burn Camp and the Evans-Haynes Burn Center.


We are proud to announce we will be hosting this event at the 400 seat Robinson-Olsson Civic Auditorium in West Point, VA


The dream is becoming a reality! COMING JANUARY 19TH, 20TH, AND 21ST WE ARE PLEASE TO ANNOUNCE TO FIRST ANNUAL JOURNEYMAN FIRE CONFERENCE hosted by the West Point Volunteer Fire Department.



1030 Thompson Avenue

West Point, Va 23181




By Car:
From I-95 take I-64 East to Exit 220. You will follow VA-33 East towards West Point. Make a left onto Main street, then a right onto Thompson Avenue. Directions are the same from both East and West bound on I-64. Parking is available on site. 

If you are traveling by car and would be interested in ride sharing let us know and we can try to find someone to pair you up with.

Air Travel: 
Book your air travel to Richmond International Airport (RIC). It is a 30 minute drive to West Point from RIC. Other options include Newport News Intl (PHF) located about 40 minutes from West Point, and Norfolk International (ORF) located about an hour from West Point. 


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the line up, lodging, location, or sponsorship opportunities please send us a message.


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Lodging options



For those of you that have registered there are multiple lodging options in the area, but the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg is the best option. They offer suites that accommodate 4-6 people with very reasonable prices. This is the hotel we recommend you try to stay at. Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort features spacious 1 and 2 bedroom villas with a living room and in-unit washer/dryer. Prepare meals in fully equipped kitchen with cookware, tableware, and dining table included. Plus, Wi-Fi and parking are free for all guests! For a more luxurious stay upgrade to an exclusive Signature Collection 1 or 2 bedroom villa.

Address200 English Garden Way, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone(757) 941-1540

Other options are listen below.