Other Speakers and Topics 

Nacho Bar and Slot Tournament

Annual Roundtable Open Discussion and Dinner

Insurance Benefits - SDMLA - Fischer Rounds


Regional Training options and happenings

Annual meeting and elections

Friday 330pm - 630pm registration
Friday 5-7pm Nacho Bar Mixer
Friday 7pm Slot tournament 

Saturday 8am Keynote Danny Ziem Echelon Front
Saturday 10am Michael Clark EAPC Hot Zone
Saturday 12 - 1pm Lunch on Own ---- Vendor Lunch for board and vendors
Saturday 1-4pm SD Wildland Fire
Saturday 530pm Roundtable discussion and dinner (+1 Included)

Sunday 9am SDML Insurance / program discussion
Sunday 10am NFPA
Sunday 11am Regional Training Programs
Sunday 12-1pm Annual member meeting and elections

Friday Nacho Bar provided
Saturday Dinner and breaks provided
Sunday Breakfast and lunch provided


‘Hot Zone” Design Strategies in Modern Fire Station and How to Implement Them in Existing Stations.
This presentation provides: (1) information to understand cancer issues in the fire industry, (2) reliable sources to find additional information, and (3) insight into strategies that can be employed in both new and existing stations for improving the safety of your staff and volunteers. Including a case study outlining Whispering Pines Fire Department’s efforts to identify and resolve these issues within their existing station.

Mike Clark is Director of Public Safety Design for EAPC Architects Engineers, an award-winning architectural and engineering firm serving the tri-state region for 55 years. Mike has 33 years of experience designing public safety buildings across the country and is one of the designers leading the development and implementation of the ‘Hot Zone’ design concept to fire/rescue facilities.

Mike Clark EAPC

What Can SD Wildland Fire Do For You – A seminar explaining all things SD Wildland Fire including discussion on fire billing, NWCG trainings, Operational Response, FedMall, VFA Grants, FEPP equipment, the Cooperative Agreement, and much more.  Bring your questions!  Presenters will include Jay Wickham, SD Wildand Fire Director; Tamara Dierks, Training and Aviation Program Manager; and Monty Bollock, Equipment Technician.

Annual Meeting

South Dakota Fire Chiefs Association
CALL US   605-929-7691

Keynote Speaker


Echelon Front’s mission is to educate, train, mentor, and inspire LEADERS and organizations to solve problems through leadership, overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and create a culture of Extreme Ownership that empowers leaders up and down the chain of command to lead and win...in business and in life.

Utilizing lessons learned proven in combat, we help LEADERS develop the core ACTIONS and MINDSETS necessary to tackle issues including strategic alignment, team building, conflict resolution, planning and execution, innovation, safety and risk mitigation, crisis management strategies, and cultural transformation.

All your problems are leadership problems and extreme ownership is the solution. Leadership is a skill that can and must be taught and developed. Everyone at every level of your organization is a leader who must utilize these principles to build relationships, leverage resources, take ownership of problems, and implement solutions in order to win.

DANNY ZIEM : is a former Firefighter Paramedic and currently a junior leadership instructor and speaker for Echelon Front. Danny Spent over 16 years in public service and has served in roles to include emergency medical services, firefighting, clinical education, technical rescue, honor guard and special operations group SWAT Medic. Danny brings a unique perspective for leadership in high stress environments and has lead others as a Field Training Officer, Preceptor, and Instructor Cadre. Danny served on his special operations group as part of the leadership core and helped to facilitate the successful rollout of Extreme Ownership principles to his team and upper leadership. Danny’s ability to build relationships in multiagency settings has given him an intimate understanding of the cover and move principle as well as the ability to recognize opportunities for implementation of the other laws of combat leadership.

Danny joined Echelon Front team full time in October of 2021 and currently serves as the Experiential Programs Coordinator, Speaker, and junior leadership Instructor. 

We are happy to announce that registration for the upcoming 2022 Conference Dec. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th is now open.  See more info below for speaker Bios and more information soon.

Vendors click here to get started

This year will be at the Cadillac Jack's in Deadwood, SD. 
Lodging for the event on site:  Room discounts are only good until October 17th, 2022.

Step 1 Call and book your rooms by October 17th 2022

INDIVIDUAL CALL IN Hotel allows individual cancellations without penalty up to 48 hours prior to
scheduled arrival date. Hotel shall charge the individual attendee or bill Group Master Account one one’s
guaranteed guestroom rate plus tax for any cancellation within 48 hours of scheduled arrival date or the failure of
the individual to check in on the scheduled arrival date. Any remaining nights of a “no show” reservation will be
cancelled. It is policy to require a credit card or cash deposit for incidental charges. Hotel accepts Visa,
MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diners Club. Check in time is 3:00 PM and check out time is 11:00 AM.
Any departures after 11:00 AM are subject to a full day charge. Each guestroom must have at least one registered
guest of at least 21 years of age.

Individuals may call (605) 559-1600 directly and request

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ROOM RELEASE DATE (CUT OFF)Cut-off date for reservations is Monday October 17, 2022.

Any reservation request received after that time may be accepted on a “space available” basis at the prevailing hotel rates. All
guestrooms not reserved at the cut-off date will revert back to the Hotel for resale.

Individuals may call (605) 559-1600 directly and request
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Springhill Suites

20 rooms available
Rate: $109.00

20 rooms available
Rate: $109.00

Individuals may call (605) 559-1600 directly and request
Group Code South Dakota Fire Chiefs Conference


20 rooms available
Rate: $109.00

20 rooms available
Rate: $109.00

Step 2 book your conference registrations here. If you haven't paid your department 2022 dues please do that first with the link below then book your conference tickets.

Register for conference here! Before you register make sure you are a member for the discount!

SD Fire Chiefs Association MEMBER pricing Early Bird = $100 before Nov 1st

SD Fire Chiefs Association MEMBER pricing = $125
NON-Member pricing = $175 ($150 if you are registered before Nov, 1)- If your Department isn't a CURRENT member of the SD Fire Chiefs Association its not to late!  Visit our new membership application page and fill out the SD Fire Chiefs Membership Application and fill out an application and get your membership dues paid.  The membership process requires review of your application which may take a day or two, you will be notified once your application has been processed. Is your department already a member or are you unsure? Click here to find out.

NOTE:  An early registration discount of $25 will be automatically applied to your registration fee if registering by November 1st 2022.

Speaker Information - more to come soon