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Whether you are a firefighter, emergency services responder, manufacturer or fire service leader, the United States Congress is more aware of your concerns because of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). Established in 1989 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, CFSI is designed to educate members of Congress about the needs and challenges of our nation's fire and emergency services so that the federal government provides the types of training and funding needed by our first responders.


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FIRE SERVICE LEADERS CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS AT CFSI's 26th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM

Bill Webb
Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

May, 2014

Each year, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has the distinct honor of hosting the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. The event brings together fire and emergency services leaders from across the country to our nation’s capital. During their stay, they meet with their members of Congress, attend the CFSI seminars program, and come together as one fire service for a special dinner program honoring the dedication and service of our nation’s one million first responders.

The theme of the 26th annual program, that took place on April 30-May 1 in Washington, DC, was "Cultivating Relationships." Upwards of 2,000 fire service leaders from across the country attended the program. This was not a social gathering by any stretch, but a unique opportunity to learn and participate in the legislative and policy implementation processes. For veterans and neophytes of this program alike, important work is accomplished at the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program that has a far-reaching effect on federal programs that benefit our nation's first responders. This is why CFSI continues to conduct this event and encourage a large turnout - to cultivate relationships with political leaders who determine the federal government's commitment to important fire and emergency services programs.

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CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS: It Can Make a Difference on Capitol Hill

Bill Webb
Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

Prior to a becoming Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1995, I once served as a special assistant to three cabinet secretaries at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. As part of my job, I traveled with the secretaries to events across the country facilitating arrangements for their presentations. I learned a great deal from these experiences -- first and foremost that there is a distinct difference between business and vacation travel. For example, on one trip I traveled from North Carolina to Hawaii. We spent two days in Honolulu and never stepped foot onto the beach, but instead, we worked in offices overlooking what looked like very inviting ocean waters. And my wife wonders why I have no desire to return.

The second thing I learned from these experiences is to always incorporate one or two consistent messages in every speech. Former Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin, one of the most politically savvy individuals I had ever met, always took advantage of every speaking opportunity to talk about the glass ceiling – a term to describe a gender barrier that prevented women from greater leadership opportunities in corporate America and other parts of our society. It became her mantra. And as a result, she was able to create greater awareness throughout corporate America about this gender inequity.

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THE SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT: Worth a Pound of Cure

Bill Webb
Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Many of you know that Benjamin Franklin coined that phrase. It has become an adage in the fire service, one that I like to use myself when speaking on the issue of prevention and mitigation.

Now, Congress has an opportunity to make Mr. Franklin proud -- to do something that has the potential of saving billions of federal dollars and, more importantly, human lives. But it is going to require some pushing and prodding from public safety and other stakeholders to convince Congress to take the required action.

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Preparing America's Fire & Emergency Services for the Next Call


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