Thursday, December 14, 2017

Photo: Amarillo Convtention & Visitor Council
Downtown Amarillo cattle drive.

Firefighter pension conference selects 

Amarillo to host 2019 event

TEXPERS Staff Report

Amarillo is hosting the Texas Local Fire Fighter’s Act (TLFFRA) Pension Conference in 2019.

The announcement was made during the Amarillo Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund’s Oct. 18 meeting. Amarillo will host the conference for the first time since 1991.

The lapse in time between the conferences was due to prior boards not having the facilities capable of housing the attendees central to the city’s convention center, says Tony Robinson, chairman of the Amarillo Firemen’s fund.

“The city as a whole has worked together to develop amenities in the downtown area we would like to show off,” he says. “We have an Embassy suites which will handle the attendees and possible conference space. If more room is needed our convention center is across the street.”

The TLFFRA member funds voted to select the conference site. In addition to the conference, the Amarillo fund will host an outing to show off the area attractions along with some local fare.

“We hope all the members will make the trip to experience the diversity of climate, topography, and friendliness that is common in the panhandle,” Robinson says. “It's a running joke that I always say - Most of south Texas thinks we're part of Oklahoma.”

Hollie Hawkins, sale manager with the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council, says she is currently working with the TLFFRA board to secure a date for the conference. The educational conference is usually held around the beginning of October.

The 2017 conference was held in The Woodlands, Texas. Next year’s conference is to be held in Temple. More details can be found at

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