The Chesapeake and Norfolk Fire Departments are pleased to host the 2021 Virginia Fire Equity and Diversity Conference. This year, the Equity and Diversity Committee will be celebrating its 31st year of this critical work in public safety communities. This event will take place from October 20-22, 2021, at the Delta One Chesapeake Hotel. Many prominent speakers, along with information-packed workshops, will fill this year’s agenda as we look forward to the best conference turnout in its history!

Our theme for the conference is “Diversity; Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities!”. Our purpose is to further a dialog across agencies and corporations about equity and diversity, and to recognize how it may be helping or hurting the important work we do each day. Diversity as a whole has become a huge topic in today’s society and we are pleased to bring aboard industry-recognized speakers. The interactive presentations will help broaden our collective understanding of diversity and how it can be successfully implemented and realized in the workplace. Please take the time to search our website and consider joining us this year.

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