Firefighters from all over Kansas and some surrounding states will converge in Wichita October 7, 8 and 9 for Wichita HOT.
Wichita HOT began in 2007 as a training conference for local firefighters. The goal of the event is to teach excellent, aggressive firefighting tactics to attendees who might not have the access or funds to attend larger conferences. Over time, attendance expanded to neighboring departments and rural volunteers.
Wichita HOT is a collaboration between the Wichita Fire Department, Derby Fire Department and the FOOLS of Oz, a fraternal firefighters training organization.
Over 300 firefighters from across the region are signed up for this year’s conference, and include attendees from Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and Arizona.
This year’s sponsors include Hutchinson Community College, Wichita Fire Department, Derby Fire Department, Hutchinson Fire Department, Weis Fire, Elkhart Brass, 1st Due Fire Solutions, Matex hose and the Kansas State Firefighters Association.