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Application Deadline Extended
July 30, 2021

What is the Dayle Wellbrock Scholarship?
The mission of the scholarship is to allow members of the fire and emergency services to offer new insights and set new directions to an issue that currently pose challenges to the fire and emergency services.  For 2021, the Foundation has chosen issues relating to inclusion and diversity, especially considering the fire service’s long-standing traditions. 

Who is Dayle Wellbrock?
Dayle Wellbrock was the driving force behind creating a firefighter’s training conference and exposition serving the 10 Western states in the Reno, Nevada area since 1997.  Dayle had the vision of blending educational training with the introduction of new products and services available for firefighters.  Over the years, the conference was known as FireTech Reno, FireShowsReno, and most recently, FireShowsWest.  The conference has trained nearly 11,000 firefighters over the years.  It has also been a place that vendors can unveil new products directly to their target sales markets.

Dayle passed away on December 6, 2020.  He will always be remembered by his fire service colleagues and friends as a person who had a passion for keeping our firefighters well-trained and was always willing to make sacrifices to benefit those who took time out of their busy schedules to enhance their skills and abilities that would ultimately better serve their communities.  Dayle’s legacy will live on through the Dayle Wellbrock Scholarship Fund.

What will this Scholarship Award cover?

  • A full Conference pass to the FireShowsWest conference

  • $500 stipend to be used for airfare and meals

  • Hotel accommodations for three nights

  • Participate on a panel discussion during the conference relating to diversity and inclusion issues in the fire service

What is the Scholarship Application Process?
Applicants are encouraged to write a white paper of no more than five (5) pages outlining their views of where the fire service stands toward bridging the gap on issues of cultural diversity and inclusion.  The paper should include a statement(s) of the problem(s) and offer recommendations to help the fire service move forward in creating a climate of inclusion and diversity for succession planning and leadership opportunities.

What is the Selection Process?
The Selection panel will consist of individuals that serve on the FireShowsWest educational committee.  The panel will review the submissions and provide a recommendation to the FireShowsWest Board of Directors who will make the final scholarship award decision.

How Many Scholarships are Available?
We intend to award three (3) scholarships awarded for 2021 based on review of applications.  The number of scholarships may vary year to year, there may be more or fewer scholarships awarded in succeeding years.

Application Deadline
The deadline is Friday, July 30, 2021.  

Application and white paper should be emailed to:
For questions:  623-337-4114

Award Date
The recipients of each scholarship for the 2021 conference will be notified of their award around August 15, 2021.

In Memoriam
Dayle Wellbrock and Carole Wellbrock


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The FireShowsWest family was very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dayle Wellbrock, Founder and President of FireShowsWest, on December 5, 2020.

Dayle was the enthusiastic, driving force behind FireShowsWest and his love of training first responders was in his DNA.  For the past 23 years, Dayle was the visionary of providing outstanding education and training to firefighters throughout the West coast. He loved the excitement of planning for the opening of the exhibit hall. Every year, he was so excited to welcome everyone to the event and looked forward to shaking hands with the exhibitors and attendees. His big smile, his contagious laugh and daily inspiration will be deeply missed by many.

His wife, Carole, was by his side at every conference and became the sweet face that greeted everyone in registration. 

Three days after Dayle's passing, Carole went home to be with the Lord on December 8, 2020.  The FireShowsWest family was devastated to learn of Carole's passing.

In memory of their passion and vision for keeping firefighters safe and healthy through excellent training, the Dayle Wellbrock Scholarship Fund has been established and will provide scholarships to attend the annual FireShowsWest Conference and Expo beginning in 2021.

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