Established in 1989, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute that works with members of Congress in promoting fire and life safety issues. Working with other national fire service organizations, the Institute focuses its attention on issues that benefit all first responders. Members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest caucus in Congress, look to CFSI for guidance and information to enhance their level of understanding about the challenges and needs of our nation’s fire and EMS


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    Emergency Services
    Dinner And Symposium

    Future Dates

    • 2017 - April 5-6
    • 2018 - April 18-19
    • 2019 - April 24-25
    • 2020 - April 29-30
    • 2021 - April 28-29


Call for Nominations

Prehospital 9-1-1 emergency response is one of the essential public safety functions provided by the United States fire service in support of community health, security and prosperity. Fire service-based emergency medical services (EMS) systems are strategically positioned to deliver time-critical response and effective patient care. Fire service-based EMS provides this pivotal public safety service while also emphasizing responder safety, competent and compassionate workers, and cost-effective operations.

Purpose of the Award:

The Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards Program was established in 2010 to recognize volunteer, career and combination fire departments for excellence in the delivery of emergency medical services. The awards program is co-sponsored by CFSI and Masimo, a global medical-device technology company that develops and manufactures innovative noninvasive patient monitoring devices. Fire departments across the country are developing new and innovative approaches to delivering emergency medical care. Both CFSI and Masimo want to recognize these departments and share their innovations with other departments seeking new solutions for delivering emergency medical services in their own communities.

Award Eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a volunteer, combination or career fire department that provides emergency medical services (EMS). (Individuals are not eligible for this award.)
  • The fire department must have implemented a unique practice that enhances the delivery of EMS in the community.
  • The practice should have resulted in a positive impact on firefighter and paramedic safety, resource deployment, and/or the quality, effectiveness or efficiency of fire service-based EMS.
  • A department can nominate itself.

Award Presentation

  • Recipients of the CFSI/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award will be honored at the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner held in Washington, DC on April 6, 2017. CFSI will pay reasonable expenses for one individual per organization to attend the dinner. These expenses include transportation, overnight accommodations for one night and seating at the Dinner. All other costs will be the responsibility of the individuals.
  • The presentation will take place during the dinner program. The award can be presented to three fire departments each year - one volunteer - one combination - and one career fire department.

Award Submission Deadline: TBD