Welcome to Wichita HOT

September 21st & 22nd

Online Registration Opens April 13th at 1200 HRS!


Chief Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson entered the fire service as a volunteer in 1981 and became a career firefighter in 1986. Over the course of his career, he has worked in operations and training with multiple progressive Texas fire departments including Plano, Arlington, Athens, Lake Cities, Lewisville, and The Colony, Texas, where he is currently chief of department. As fire chief, he has been actively involved in some of the biggest economic development projects in the state.
After starting his fire service training career in 1986, he continues to teach at the Fire Department Instructors Conference and the Texas A&M fire school. Scott has delivered programs across the country and authored numerous articles on firefighter rescue and survival, suburban tactics, command and control, training firefighters and fire officers, mentoring, organizational development, chosen organizational cultures, and leadership coaching.



Early Registration & Vendor Setup: 1300 – 1600 hrs


Opening Ceremony: 0800 – 0815 hrs
Keynote Speech: 0815 – 0945 hrs
Breakout Session: 1000 – 1145 hrs
Lunch: 1150 – 1255 hrs
Breakout Session: 1300 – 1445 hrs
Breakout Session: 1500 – 1645 hrs


Hands-On-Training: 0800 – 1700 hrs



Access your certificates, welcome information, and materials provided by the instructors.

Document Center

Help us get the word out about Wichita HOT! Download our PDF flyer and post it in your firehouse.

2019 Flyer

To participate in a hands-on class, all students must complete this waiver. Please bring this with you.

Waiver Form
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Wichita HOT started in 2007 as a training event for local firefighters. The goal was to teach excellent, aggressive fire tactics to students who might not have the access or funds to attend larger conferences. Over time, attendance expanded to neighboring departments and rural volunteers. The event quickly doubled in size and started bringing in numerous outside instructors. A board was formed from local firefighters to plan and direct the ever growing project. Over the years, this trend has continued and HOT is now a nationally recognized event with several hundred students from across the US. We offer classes for firefighters of all experience levels, from metropolitan career departments to small town volunteers.

Today, Wichita HOT is operated as a cooperative effort between two local organizations. Wichita Fire is the largest department in the state with over 400 full-time, career firefighters. They provide the facilities, apparatus, and other resources without which this event would be impossible. The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads is a group that promotes tradition, training, and brother/sisterhood within the fire service. The local chapter, the FOOLs of Oz, is vital in coordinating HOT, locating instructors, and providing the manpower needed for it to be successful.

Wichita Fire
FOOLs of Oz

Local Accommodations

Do you need accommodations while in town? Wichita HOT has reserved rooms at two local hotels to ensure students have a place to stay. The Courtyard Wichita at Old Town and Fairfield Inn in Downtown Wichita both offer excellent access to local entertainment and are about 6 miles from the Wichita Fire Regional Training Center. You can reserve your room by clicking the button below.

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