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We’re Looking for Excellence!

If you have an interesting and impactful presentation idea, the Center for Public Safety Excellence invites you to apply during our call for presentations. The theme for the 2024 Excellence Conference is Defining the Future through Excellence. The Excellence Conference is being held in Orlando, Florida, February 27 through March 1, 2024. We encourage you to submit your best ideas and help make our 2024 Excellence Conference one to remember!

Complete the abstract application no later than 5:00 pm Eastern, August 31, 2023.

Call for Presentations Deadline








Proposal Guidelines

Presentations should address one of the following subject areas:

  • Accreditation – Presentations should align with the building blocks listed within the 10th Edition CFAI Accreditation Model. Programs should provide content that relates to performance measures, strategic planning, Community Risk Assessment Standards of Cover (CRA-SOC), data analysis, Self-Assessment Manual (SAM), and/or gaining stakeholder buy-in for the continuous improvement process. 
  • Credentialing – Presentations should focus on components of the designation application. Programs should provide content that relates to goal development, technical competency writing, and/or sessions covering technical competency categories, such as: human resources management, modern-day budgeting, data and technology, or wellness and behavioral health.
  • Leadership – Presentations should focus on interpersonal skills such as communication and conflict resolution, organizational strategies such as employee engagement and motivating teams, and contemporary issues for today’s fire and emergency services.​
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) – Presentations should focus on specific examples of DEIB successes or challenges within fire and emergency service organizations. Programs should provide content that relates to recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, building trust and credibility with underserved communities, promoting a culture of workplace respect, fairness, and understanding, and how DEIB affects morale.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Presentations should focus on fire and emergency service organizational/individual experiences with AI and how it can be used as a valuable tool. Programs should provide content that relates to using AI to analyze data, predict risks, enhance situational awareness, and to help first responders make quick decisions and determine the most efficient response. Sessions should include topics such as data integration and quality, ethical considerations, training and adaptation, human-machine collaboration, system reliability and resilience, cost and resource allocation, trust and acceptance, and legal and regulatory considerations.
  • Community Risk Reduction (CRR) – Presentations should focus on a proactive and collaborative approach to identify, assess, and mitigate potential risks and hazards within a community to reduce the incidence of emergency responses and calls for service.
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning – Presentations should focus on the crucial components of strategic planning and visioning for continuous improvement of the fire and emergency service. Programs should provide content on how effective strategic planning can guide an agency’s operations, resource management, risk mitigation, training, community engagement, technological integration, and continuous improvement efforts and how it can enable the fire and emergency service to proactively address current and emerging needs while fulfilling their critical role in protecting lives and property.

Presentations should follow one of the following formats:

  • Case Study – analysis of one or more experiences to support/demonstrate a concept or practice (preference will be given to this session format)
  • Lecture – oral presentation on a topic (must include audience interaction)
  • Workshop – discussion-based or hands-on learning with audience
  • Podcast-Style/Dialogue – conversation, interview, or question based “show”

CPSE is looking for presentations of 45 and 60 minutes in length and should be focused at the managerial level. Sessions should allow time for 5-10 minutes Q&A.

Evaluation Process

Members of the Conference Education Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality,
  • Relevance and timeliness to the fire and emergency service community,
  • Practical applications of material, and
  • Speaker qualifications.

To be considered as a speaker, your presentation must be informative in nature — focusing on solutions or outcomes. Your presentation material must be original; otherwise, reference your sources. In the case of two speakers, each speaker must agree to the submission. Sessions may not include sales, commercialization, or product promotion of any kind.

Incomplete program submissions will not be considered.

The final presentation selections will be made in late September. You will be notified only if your presentation is selected.

Speaker Benefits

Individuals invited to present at the Excellence Conference will receive a complimentary full conference registration.

Speakers who are current designees or candidates for designation may list their session in the Professional Contributions/Recognition component of the designee candidate and renewal applications.

Complete and submit your application: