73rd Annual Convention

Florida Professional Firefighters

June 5th - 9th, 2017 - Sarasota, Florida

01 Events

Welcome to the 73rd Annual Convention of the Florida Professional Firefighters
Hosted by Suncoast Professional Firefighters & Paramedics - Local 2546

11:00 AM Pierce Manufacturing - Bradenton

Pierce Manufacturing Site Visit #1

Join representatives from 10-8 and Pierce Manufacturing for a site visit to their Bradenton manufacturing plant.

Please be at the front lobby of the Hyatt no later than 10:30 pm. A box lunch and transportation will be provided for up to 25 people.

1:00 PM Pierce Manufacturing - Bradenton

Pierce Manufacturing Site Visit #2

Join representatives from 10-8 and Pierce Manufacturing for a site visit to their Bradenton manufacturing plant.

Please be at the front lobby of the Hyatt no later than 12:30 pm. A box lunch and transportation will be provided for up to 25 people.

6:00 PM Downtown Sarasota - Main Street and Lemon Ave

Convention Welcome Party

Join your hosts with Suncoast Local 2546 at a welcome celebration in historic downtown Sarasota. Transportation will be provided by Siesta Trollys.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hyatt Boat Dock

Tropical Sunset Cruise

Come join your hosts for a Tropical Sunset Cruise aboard LeBarge, a Sarasota landmark for 30 years, and let the mermaids lead the way through the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay.

The world-renowned Tropical Sunset Cruise features live entertainment, a full bar and light food menu. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted for your food and drink choices. There is no admission charge for convention attendees.

Boarding begins at 6:45 PM at the Hyatt Boat Dock. Occupancy is limited to 120 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

6:00 PM - 1:00 AM Boathouse

Hospitality Suite

Come join your hosts for fun, friends and festivities!

02 Seminars

2017 IAFF/FPF "Charlie Hall"
Educational Seminars

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0606-1A

Duty of Fair Representation

By David GinsburgPresident, Palm Bay Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2446

DFR Defined, United States Supreme Court Definition, Florida PERC, DFR in Grievance and Arbitration, DRF in Negotiations, DFR in Contract Enforcement, Significant Court Decisions and Definitions, Discussion on Court Decisions and Definitions, and Scenarios

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0606-2A

Firefighter Jeopardy: Know Your Rights as a Firefighter and Union Representative.

By Noah Warman and Pedro HerreraSugarman & Susskind, P.A.

Noah and Pedro are going to do a quiz show format to see just how well our firefighters know their rights as workers, as Union agents, and as members of a retirement system. They will cover individual employment rights that particularly impact firefighters, the Public Employees Relations Act, and pension issues that arise under Chapter 175 and the FRS. They promise prizes for some and a good time for all who attend.

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0606-3A

Protecting Your Rights, Income, Employment and Benefits When Injured On or Off the Job. The Injury Process from Beginning to End.

By James R. Spears, Esq.Law Office of James R. Spears, PLLC

This course walks those injured on and off the job through the entire process, beginning to end. Topics include: What to do when first injured on or off the job, How to ensure receipt of medical care and income, How to protect your job, and What to do if unable to return to work.

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0606-4A

Fire Service and Workers' Compensation: The Current State of the Law Related to Cancer, PTSD, Hypertension/Heart Disease, Acute and Chronic Orthopedic Injuries, Hearing Loss & more

By Geoffrey Bichler, Tonya Oliver, Jason Fox, and Chris PetruccelliBichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC

This critical seminar, which will be interactive, will look at the current state of workers’ compensation protections available to all Florida firefighters for work injuries and occupational disease. This is an absolute must for anyone in a position of leadership. There will be a particular focus on both cancer and PTSD following the legislative session with discussion about how to facilitate claims for medical care and benefits. Whether your members are concerned about specific conditions, or procedural hurdles to coverage, this is a seminar that you should not miss. Bring your questions and be informed by the firm that amassed an incredible 23-2 record in trial and appellate decisions for First Responders in 2016!

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0606-5A

Leadership: An Introspective Analysis

By John R. LucaPresident, Values Matter Consulting Services, LLC
and Michael A. GergoraFPF 4th DVP Emeritus

This presentation is designed to provide you with the tools that will enable you to evaluate yourself as the leader that you are or are prepared to become! Material and testimony of actual life events will be offered, to engage, inspire and motivate you to achieve personal and professional excellence. This will not be about the presenters; it will be about YOU!

Location

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 0606-6P

Rights and Responsibilities During Investigations (Quadruple Jeopardy with New Twists)

By Matthew J. Mierzwa, Jr.Mierzwa & Floyd, P.A.

A review of union and member rights and responsibilities in various proceedings including quality assurance committees, collateral criminal proceedings, disciplinary investigations, and complaint investigations by the Department of Health.

Location

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 0606-7P

KNOWLEDGE AND PREVENTION: Florida's Heart/Lung Presumption (and other common firefighter injuries)

By Michael P. Clelland, Esq.Morgan & Morgan, P.A.

Some topics this seminar will cover are: Common Injuries for Firefighters, "Injury by Accident", Hypertension and Heart Disease, The "Presumption" or "Heart Bill", What is “Heart Disease”?, What is Hypertension?, What You Must Prove to Qualify for Presumption, Pre-Employment Physical (PEP), Disability, When an Injury Ends a Career, Permanent Total Disability Benefits, Service Incurred Disability, Estate Planning Issues, and more. Question and Answer Session.

Location

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 0606-8P

Using the FRS to Plan for Your Retirement and Income Tax Planning: Smart Planning for Your Taxes

By Christie PetrosiErnst & Young, LLP

Using the FRS to Plan for Your Retirement - Key topics include: Free Planning Resources, 6 Step Retirement Planning Process, FRS Pension Plan incl. DROP, FRS Investment Plan, 2nd Election, Social Security, The Importance of Saving Early, Deferred Comp & 403(b), and IRAs. Income Tax Planning: Smart Planning for Your Taxes - Key topics include: Understanding federal tax form 1040, Learning the basic tax calculation, Review of the current tax brackets, Understanding common deductions and credits, Know what determines paycheck withholdings, Understanding tax advantaged retirement savings accounts, Learning to use free planning resources, Recognizing opportunities to reduce and manage taxes.

Location

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 0606-9P

The New World of Retirement Planning: Goals-Based Investing, Behavioral Economics, Longevity Planning & Digital Estates

By Mark W. VromanCertified Financial Planner
and Granville J. KnowlesCertified Public Pension Trustee

A review of union and member rights and responsibilities in various proceedings including quality assurance committees, collateral criminal proceedings, disciplinary investigations, and complaint investigations by the Department of Health.

Location

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 0606-10P

Leadership: An Introspective Analysis

By John R. LucaPresident, Values Matter Consulting Services, LLC
and Michael A. GergoraFPF 4th DVP Emeritus

This presentation is designed to provide you with the tools that will enable you to evaluate yourself as the leader that you are or are prepared to become! Material and testimony of actual life events will be offered, to engage, inspire and motivate you to achieve personal and professional excellence. This will not be about the presenters; it will be about YOU!

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0607-1A

How to Read A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) – the Basics

By Paul A. Donnelly, Esq., Jim Brantley, Esq., & Jim Sullivan, Esq Donnely & Gross, P.A.

This seminar is designed to provide Union officers and representatives with a basic understanding of the financial and other valuable information contained in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” (CAFR) audits completed for government employers. Participants will gain a very basic understanding of such things as: the framework of governmental finance, types of funds, fund balances and deficit spending. Participants will learn how to gather and use information contained in the CAFR to support their collective bargaining efforts.

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0607-2A

KNOWLEDGE AND PREVENTION: Florida's Heart/Lung Presumption (and other common firefighter injuries)

By Michael P. Clelland, Esq.Morgan & Morgan, P.A.

Some topics this seminar will cover are: Common Injuries for Firefighters, "Injury by Accident", Hypertension and Heart Disease, The "Presumption" or "Heart Bill", What is “Heart Disease”?, What is Hypertension?, What You Must Prove to Qualify for Presumption, Pre-Employment Physical (PEP), Disability, When an Injury Ends a Career, Permanent Total Disability Benefits, Service Incurred Disability, Estate Planning Issues, and more. Question and Answer Session.

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0607-3A

Own Tomorrow’s Financial Security Through Proper Retirement Planning Today

By Bob Lovell, Registered Securities Principle Registered Representative Database Financial Services, Inc.
and Mitch Mann, Registered RepresentativeDatabase Financial Services, Inc.

Topics include: Planning Your Post-Retirement Investment Strategies during a period of “Global Economic Uncertainty & Market Volatility”, Setting Your Retirement Goals, Retirement Enhancement – Review of Current Pension Benefits, The Only Thing Worse Than Dying Is Outliving Your Money!, and 457 Deferred Compensation

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0607-4A

The New World of Retirement Planning: Goals-Based Investing, Behavioral Economics, Longevity Planning & Digital Estates

By Mark W. VromanCertified Financial Planner
and Granville J. KnowlesCertified Public Pension Trustee

A review of union and member rights and responsibilities in various proceedings including quality assurance committees, collateral criminal proceedings, disciplinary investigations, and complaint investigations by the Department of Health.

Location

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM 0607-5A

Leadership: An Introspective Analysis

By John R. LucaPresident, Values Matter Consulting Services, LLC
and Michael A. GergoraFPF 4th DVP Emeritus

This presentation is designed to provide you with the tools that will enable you to evaluate yourself as the leader that you are or are prepared to become! Material and testimony of actual life events will be offered, to engage, inspire and motivate you to achieve personal and professional excellence. This will not be about the presenters; it will be about YOU!

Location

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0607-6P

Social Media: Legal Considerations for Unions and Their Members

By Mark W. FloydMierzwa & Floyd, P.A.

Did you know it is possible for a firefighter to be disciplined for statements made on his or her Facebook page? What remedies are available if the Union’s Twitter account is hijacked by a disgruntled member? Can an employer establish a policy limiting the manner in which an employee participates in various forms of social media? During this seminar we will answer these questions and more as we discuss administration of your social media outlets, employer’s social media policies, bargaining social media policies, and disciplinary action for social media conduct. Yes, you can be disciplined for that!

Location

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0607-7P

Individual Retirement Program

By Shannon Holland, Certified Financial PlannerRaymond James & Associates

What do you want from life?, Starting Point, Retirement Planning (Chapter 175 Plans, DROP), Investing Fundamentals, Tax Planning, Inflation and Its Impact on Retirement, Asset Protection

Location

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0607-8P

Own Tomorrow’s Financial Security Through Proper Retirement Planning Today

By Bob Lovell, Registered Securities Principle, Registered Representative
and Mitch Mann, Registered RepresentativeDatabase Financial Services, Inc.

Topics include: Planning Your Post-Retirement Investment Strategies during a period of “Global Economic Uncertainty & Market Volatility”, Setting Your Retirement Goals, Retirement Enhancement – Review of Current Pension Benefits, The Only Thing Worse Than Dying Is Outliving Your Money!, and 457 Deferred Compensation

Location

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0607-9P

Fire Service and Workers' Compensation: The Current State of the Law Related to Cancer, PTSD, Hypertension/Heart Disease, Acute and Chronic Orthopedic Injuries, Hearing Loss & more

By Geoffrey Bichler, Tonya Oliver, Jason Fox, and Chris PetruccelliBichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC

This critical seminar, which will be interactive, will look at the current state of workers’ compensation protections available to all Florida firefighters for work injuries and occupational disease. This is an absolute must for anyone in a position of leadership. There will be a particular focus on both cancer and PTSD following the legislative session with discussion about how to facilitate claims for medical care and benefits. Whether your members are concerned about specific conditions, or procedural hurdles to coverage, this is a seminar that you should not miss. Bring your questions and be informed by the firm that amassed an incredible 23-2 record in trial and appellate decisions for First Responders in 2016!

Location

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0607-10P

Why You Must Remove "Impact Bargaining" from Your Vocabulary, Except When You Shouldn't AND Unintended Consequences

By Richard SiwicaEgan, Lev & Siwica PA

DFR Defined, United States Supreme Court Definition, Florida PERC, DFR in Grievance and Arbitration, DRF in Negotiations, DFR in Contract Enforcement, Significant Court Decisions and Definitions, Discussion on Court Decisions and Definitions, and Scenarios

Location

03 Convention

73rd Annual FPF Convention Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Salons A - F

Opening Ceremonies

By IAFF L-2546 President & FPF 7th DVP Moof "Grow A Set" Canoe

Posting of the Colors - Suncoast Honor Guard
National Anthem
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation
Guest Speaker - Tom Harmer, Sarasota County Administrator
Guest Speaker - Mike Regnier, Sarasota County Fire Chief

04 Sponsors

Take a moment to thank the sponsors that helped make this event possible.