Commitment Weekends 2016

Getaways for Firefighters and their Hottest Flame! (formerly Flame Fest

Host a Commitment Weekend

These events require a lot of planning and strong partners. If your department is interested in being a host site partner for a Commitment Weekend in 2017, you can get all the information by clicking here.

Scholarship Applications Now Open

Commitment Weekends have made positive, memorable marriage milestones for many couples.  So much so, that some of them have generously donated registrations to cover the costs for those who desperately need a weekend like this but cannot afford one on their own.

Additionally, some of our our local 24-7 COMMITMENT communities have held local fundraising events to get more of them to a commitment weekend.   In Ohio, 4 registrations will be offered to scholarship applicants at a $200 discount.

Applications are now being accepted and the committee will decide no later than April 1st, depending on the rate of applicants.   If we receive a high volume of applications we will close the application process sooner.

Go here to complete an application to be considered for a scholarship

It's an adventurous and romantic weekend get-away focused on fun, relaxation and strengthening your marriage.

Meet other firefighters and their spouses from around the country and build a network of lifelong friends who share your love of the fire service and the desire to honor and ignite their marriages in all the good ways.

2016 Commitment Weekend Registration and Funding

For 3 years, our marriage weekends have been funded by individual contributors and t-shirt sales.  But in 2016, we need to expand our locations to meet the needs of fire families across the country.   Our #ivow247 campaign with support from Qalo and Scott Safety brought us $20,000 including 14 couples registered as of January 15th.   While this did not get us to our overall goal of $80,000, it's allowed us to continue with these great events with the flexibility of the venues and the financial support of private donors.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed!


How Can You Help Us Reach Our Funding Goals?

Everyone can contribute to this Commitment Weekends even if they are not a firefighter and even if they are not attending the event.

So please help us by SHARING this event with those who need a marriage pick me up or who would want to financially support the cause.

REGISTER at this link.  These are limited to only 25 couples per venue!

Choose from four gorgeous locations:

Estes Park, CO  May 20-22

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Black Mountain, NC   June 10-12

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Sacramento, CA  July 8-10

Cancelled due to low attendance.  Please stay tuned for options as we consider a winter event for California Fire Couples.

New Braunfels, TX  July 22-24

Cancelled due to low attendance.  Please stay tuned for options as we consider a fall mini-event in various Texas locations.

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Here's What's Happening

Friday Evening: Kick Off Reception

  • Dinner
  • Meet your crew
  • A fun date night

Saturday Morning:  H.O.T. for Marriage Classroom Sessions

  • Work with your crew and leaders through commitment exercises disguised as firefighting topics
  • Commitment
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Encouragement
  • Communication
  • Hear from panels of real world firefighters and spouses with experience in the challenges the fire life brings to our marriages and families
  • Hands On Team activities so you aren’t just sitting and listening from your seats

Saturday Afternoon:  Optional Sessions you Choose at Your Leisure

  • Learn to give couples massage
  • Private counseling sessions
  • Financial / Estate Planning sessions
  • Couples photo shoots
  • Or explore the many activities on the property

Saturday Evening: COMMITMENT Ball

  • Get dressed to the nines and enjoy each other
  • Participate in a recommitment ceremony
  • Take a Love Dare Challenge


  • H.O.T. for Marriage - Hands On Training for our Marriages
  • As an individual or as a couple team, try the techniques you learned in class and have a blast together doing it.
  • For those who are a little extra competitive, we will have a couples challenge with prizes

Other Activities Throughout the Event Include:

  • Unscheduled opportunities to enjoy the resort grounds and activities
  • One on one sessions with the Mercers, counselors and other marriage mentors
  • Casual social breaks to make new friends with the 24-7 COMMITMENT Community

Time to put in for those vacation days!

I cannot say enough about our group at As this marks year two for us attending Flame Fest (now called Commitment Weekends), I have a new found love, respect and dedication for my husband. Each year we learn to grow together to be stronger and better for each other.   When people with the same values, beliefs and goals get together and move mountains, anything is possible.  This group is just what every couple in the fire service needs in their life. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible. It is because of people like you, that we are able to better our firefighters, our marriages and understand a new found appreciation for the fire service! – Christina & Chad Vlietstra

Christina & Chad Vlietstra
Christina & Chad Vlietstra Illinois

My wife Kristin has been involved in the Firefighter Wife organization for quite awhile, which began shortly after I was promoted to Deputy Chief. I thought that it was only a support group for wives, a place to safely talk about their concerns and problems being married to a firefighter. Early this year she asked me about going to the commitment weekend, and I probably replied "sure honey, whatever you want to do". I had no idea what we were going to.

So we arrived, and I only knew a few people that were going to be there. Didn't know what to expect or what was coming.  The first evening we met a lot of great people, people that are firefighters but were also there to support and strengthen their marriages! I am all about having a good marriage and relationship, and I will be honest, would be the first to admit that I am not perfect, but I do try! We had a great weekend, made a lot of new friends from all over the country. I can honestly say that I am glad Kristin committed us to this weekend. It was the best thing for me and my marriage.  I am fully supportive of this organization and what it stands for. If you have any doubts about attending a commitment weekend, open your mind and your heart to this group, you won't be disappointed.

Chief Joe Ponzi

Deputy Chief Joe Ponzi
Deputy Chief Joe Ponzi Ohio

The Details

What does registration include?

Price is per couple and includes 2 nights Lodging for Friday and Saturday nights, all event activities and 6 meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

How can I register?

December 1 through January 31st early commitment registration is available at this link.

How do I register if I am a financial supporter of 24-7  COMMITMENT and receive a discount on registration?

Monthly supporters who commit to that level prior to November 15th can register at the following rates:

  • $30 / month supporters: $100 discount off of standard registration.
  • $50 / month supporters: $200 discount off of standard registration.
  • $100 / month supporters: attend one COMMITMENT Weekend for free.

You received an email on November 30th with the details on how to register with your discount including the coupon code and registration link.

If I attend multiple commitment weekends can I use my supporter discount multiple times?

No your supporter discount is only good once.

Is my donation tax deductible?

The donation minus the value of the product received is tax deductible. Early bird registrations are not tax deductible. Portions of the other donations can be. Please check with your tax accountant for professional advice.

Choose Your Location:

Black Mountain
June 10-12
July 8-10
New Braunfels
July 22-24
Estes Park
May 20-22

Sponsor the Event(s)

No event of this scale can happen without sponsors. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them contact us at