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Associated Aerial Firefighters has established an award for leadership, dedication and having a profound effect on safety in Aerial Firefighting. Named for Walt Darran, a pioneer and leader in advancing aerial firefighting, The Walt Darran Award provides a lifetime membership to Associated Aerial Firefighters.

We invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of the Associated Aerial Firefighters 2015.

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Associated Aerial Firefighters at the El Dorado Hotel in Reno Nevada

 Arrive on Saturday, December 12th for our Hospitality Room/Bar Starting at 4:00 PM and ending at 0200 AM.


Meeting will commence on the morning of Sunday, the 13th at 0930 but stragglers will be admitted all day long.  Coffee, Juice, Pastries and Fruit will be served in the morning.  After the meeting concludes their will be another evening at the Hospitality Room until the last one standing vacates the room.


Meeting Agenda is forthcoming.


Room rates for Saturday night will be $79.99, single or double occupancy, and $49.99 for Sunday night.


For Reservations call Group Reservation @800-648-5966.  Be sure to reference our group block as ASSOCIATED AERIAL FIREFIGHTERS as well as our special group code: MAAFF12.    Room block cutoff date is Friday November 20th.

Check in time is 3:00PM and check out is 12:00 Noon.


All Aerial Firefighters, Ground Firefighters, Concerned Citizens and their guests are welcome.

The room block cutoff day in Friday November 20. Please make your reservation prior to that day to take advantage of the reduced rate.

The agenda will be posted soon. We hope you can attend.

If you have any problems, suggestions, or questions, contact Webmaster:
Dale Head daleflies@hotmail.com



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