Westchester County Executive George Latimer will welcome the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) to the Sonesta White Plains Downtown for its 149th Annual Convention this summer, August 5-7.
With hundreds of volunteer firefighters, EMS personnel and their families from around the state expected to attend, the convention is among the first major business events in Westchester County since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global meetings industry in 2020. It is estimated to generate $800,000 in economic activity for the region.
FASNY has also committed to bring its convention back to Westchester for its 150th Anniversary. The largest gathering of volunteer firefighters in the state, the annual event brings together members from every corner of New York with renowned speakers from across the country for three days of training, presentations and information sharing.
Latimer said: “We are thrilled to welcome the FASNY to Westchester County next month. It is both a great honor and a vote of confidence in the readiness of Westchester’s hospitality businesses to provide a productive, enriching and entertaining environment for the brave firefighters, EMTs and their families who have given so much to our community and to communities throughout the state. We are particularly mindful of those sacrifices in the wake of the darkest days of the pandemic and as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.”
Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “Westchester salutes the members of FASNY and invites attendees to enjoy the best of our destination. This convention will bring a great buzz and economic boost to our tourism partners across the County.”
FASNY President John P. Farrell said: “The annual FASNY convention is one of the most critical events of the year for the volunteer fire service and EMS providers around the state. We are happy to be back in Westchester County and have the opportunity to train, exchange ideas, gain knowledge about important safety approaches, and to overall improve the fire service so we can protect the residents of New York.”