Wichita H.O.T.

Gear Up for HOT 2018!

Wichita HOT is an annual fire training conference held in Wichita, Kansas. Each year we assemble some of the top fire service instructors to provide high-quality, aggressive, and low-cost training to firefighters. We are proud to have hosted students from across the US and Canada, from departments large and small, both career and volunteer. Wichita HOT is a not-for-profit, cooperative venture between the FOOLs of Oz and the Wichita Fire Department.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Chief Michael Walker

Chief Walker

Deputy Chief Michael Walker is a 25+ year veteran of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He has served a training officer, Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue officer, assistant fire coordinator for Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center Fire Training, and Task Force Leader for Oklahoma Task Force 1. He has instructed numerous times at FDIC and written for Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue, and Urban Firefighter. We're proud to welcome him this year as he gives our Keynote Speech to open the event and teaches a Breakout Lecture.

Schedule for 2018

Friday - September 21st

  • 1300-1600hrs: Early Registration & Set Up

Saturday - September 22nd

  • 0800-0815hrs: Opening Ceremony
  • 0815-0945hrs: Keynote Speech
  • 1000-1145hrs: Breakout Sessions
  • 1145-1300hrs: Free Lunch
  • 1300-1445hrs: Breakout Sessions
  • 1500-1645hrs: Breakout Sessions

Sunday - September 23rd

  • 0800-1700hrs: Hands on Training
*Please see individual classes for specific locations.

Founding Organizations

The Wichita Fire Department generously provides the apparatus, facilities and equipment used during this event. Without their continued support Wichita H.O.T. would be impossible.

The FOOLS of Oz (Kansas chapter of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads) is one of the founding organizations of Wichita H.O.T. and their members continue to provide invaluable support.

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HOT Information


PDF H.O.T. Document Center
Once you've registered for H.O.T., you'll receive a login for our document center. Here you can download your welcome packet, a map of the event and after its all over, you can retrieve your training certificates.

PDF Live Release Form
Every student participating in hands-on-training must print, complete and bring this form with them.

PDF Welcome to HOT 2018
Information about our event, the format, and local accommodations.

Schedules & Maps

PDF Breakout Lecture Schedule
Breakout lecture times and classrooms.

PDF Saturday RTC Map
Map of the WFD Regional Training Center and classrooms.

PDF Sunday HOT Map
Hands-On class map with locations.

Featured Sponsors

1st Due LLC & Fire-Dex

Amkus Rescue Systems

Builders FirstSource

Butler Community College

Columbia Southern University

California Casualty Insurance


Hutchinson Community College

Kansas State Firefighters Association

MES Fire

LKQ Pick Your Part

Paratech Rescue

Pig In, Pig Out

Safety Components

Sons of the Flag

Tony's Drywall

Weis Fire Equipment

Event Coordinator

Firefighter Dan McElroy


Wichita Fire Liaison

Deputy Chief Joseph Bickel


FOOLS of Oz Liaison

Captain Keith Niemann


Questions/Group Registration

Admin Aide II Colleen Shirley

Available Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 4:30PM
(316) 268-4485 Office
Wichita Fire Department
455 N Main St 11th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202

Wichita HOT Board

  • Battalion Chief Sid Newby
  • Chief Kelly Ross
  • Captain Michael Crosby
  • Captain Mark Misek
  • Lieutenant Stephen Runyan
  • Firefighter Wade Holle
  • Firefighter Jonathan Jarvis
  • Firefighter Josh Griffin

Interested in Teaching?

Are you interested in teaching a class at Wichita HOT 2019? Submit A Class Proposal
Deadline for 2019 is February 1st. Thank you!