Registration and Hotel

Registration

Register online today!

PDF: Fax or mail in your registration form.

  Conference Rates

  Before Sept. 29  

  On or After Sept. 29  
  VCOS + IAFC Member     $355   $475
  IAFC Member   $380   $500
  Non-Member   $475   $585

Scholarships

Three scholarships will be awarded to aid in registration and travel expenses to Symposium in the Sun. Visit the VCOS website for rules and regulations for each scholarship.

Applications are due by August 31, 2017

Hotel Reservations

SOLD OUT: Hilton Clearwater Beach
Conference Headquarters Hotel
400 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 298-1486
Room Rate: $188 per night plus tax 

Reserve your room today!

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Clearwater Beach for $188 per night plus tax.  Participants are also offered an optional resort charge of $20.00 per night.  A full list of amenities included in the resort charge is listed on the Hilton booking website.  Rooms are available from November 1 - 20, 2017.  This special room rate is available until October 14th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.  When calling the Hilton Clearwater Beach, please reference the group code "IAFC17" to book your stay.

EDGE Hotel
505 GulfView Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-281-3200 

A block of rooms have been reserved at EDGE Hotel, Clearwater's newest hotel, for $195 per night plus tax.  This hotel has no resort fees, complimentary breakfast, and $10.00/day parking.  Please contact Juli Norberg to reserve your room at jnorberg@pierhouse60.com.  Please reference "Symposium in the Sun" when booking your room.

Hampton Inn & Suites
635 S. Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 451-1111
Room Rate: $179 per night plus tax 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites for $179 per night plus tax. Reservations must be made by October 16. The Hampton Inn & Suites offers complimentary breakfast and parking for $15.00 per night. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so 15 days prior to your stay or will be charged a one-night room and tax penalty.

Call 727-451-1111 to book your room.  Guests are not able to book online at this time.  Please call the number listed and speak with Eileen Crowley.  Make sure to reference the VCOS Symposium in the Sun.  

Marriott Suites on Sand Key
1201 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Room Rate: $195 per night plus tax

Reserve your room today!

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Marriott Suites on Sand Key for $195 per night plus tax.  Rooms are available from November 5-16, 2017.  This special room rate is available until October 11th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.  

PierHouse 60 Marina Hotel
101 Coronado Drive
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-683-0002

PierHouse 60 is offering group rates of 20 room nights or more $189 per night plus tax.  This hotel offers complimentary breakfast and $15.00 per day parking.  To book a group of 20 room nights or more, please contact Juli Norberg at jnorberg@pierhouse60.com.  Individual room nights are not available for the discounted rate.

A complimentary shuttle will be provided between these hotels and the Hilton Clearwater Beach Thursday, 11/10/17 – Sunday, 11/13/17.

Cancellation/Substitution Policy:
All cancellations will be subject to a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations must be sent in writing to the registration Center via e-mail to VCOS@experient-inc.com by October 9, 2017. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.

After October 9, 2017, substitutions will be allowed in the event the registrant is unable to attend, but no refunds will be issued. Telephone substitutions will be permitted.

Harassment Policy:
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has zero-tolerance for discrimination and all forms of harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. This zero-tolerance policy means that no form of discriminatory or harassing conduct by or toward any IAFC member, exhibitor, presenter, attendee, or staff member will be tolerated. The IAFC is committed to enforcing its policy at all levels within the association and at any IAFC meeting. Any person who engages in discrimination or harassment will be subject to discipline and removal from the premises. If you feel that you have been harassed by any person(s), immediately go to the Registration Desk and ask to speak to the onsite conference manager.



The VCOS Symposium is the ONLY conference that allows participants to interact face-to-face with leaders of rural and suburban combination departments. This is the best conference available for combination organizations.

– Ken Preston, Commissioner, North Greece (NY) Fire District