It may be four years away, but Cincinnati is already gearing up to host the 2014 IAFF convention.

The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the news Wednesday. You can see the full message on its website.

With more than 2,500 union members expected to travel to Cincinnati and occupy hotels and eat in local restaurants the convention will have a big impact on the local economy. The Cincinnati Business Courier reported the convention could be a boon of up towards $2.6 million to the city.

The first full-time fire department was started in Cincinnati almost 150 years ago and the Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 will play an active role in planning the convention. You should periodically check our website for announcements of dates and other relevant information concerning the convention.

In a statement released by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dan Lincoln, president and CEO, says winning the IAFF convention is satisfying because union members selected the city. Cincinnati beat a bid submitted by Seattle to host the convention at IAFF’s 50th meeting in August.

Cincinnati’s Mayor Mark Mallory also expressed enthusiasm for the IAFF meeting saying he looks forward to a partnership that produces an extraordinary convention.

But before you pack your bags for Cincinnati remember the IAFF wants to see you in two years in Philadelphia. Make sure you save the date for the week of July 21-27, 2012 because that’s when the IAFF will be in the City of Brotherly Love.