CFSI Legislator of the Year Award
Each year CFSI picks legislators that we feel have made a significant contribution to the fire service. This has been an ongoing tradition at CFSI and below is a list of past recipients. We would like to congratulate these members of Congress and encourage all members to follow their footsteps and continue to work hard for the fire service.
SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI NAMED CFSI LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
(September 3, 2014) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is proud to announce that Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) has been selected as the 2014 CFSI Legislator of the Year.
Throughout her distinguished career in Congress, Senator Mikulski has been a leading advocate for the nation's fire and emergency services. The current chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she has been very influential in securing and maintaining funding for a number of fire service programs, including the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs. Additionally, she has been a leading proponent of the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).
"Senator Mikulski has always recognized that the federal government has an important role in addressing the needs of our nation's fire and emergency services and has exercised extraordinary leadership to secure funding for our programs," said Bill Webb, CFSI's Executive Director. "It is a distinct honor for CFSI to be able to recognize a leader who has fought tirelessly every day of her congressional career to support our nation's firefighters."
"Thank you for honoring me, but I want to honor you for being on the frontlines for communities across America every day and in every way," Senator Mikulski said. "That's why I fought to create the Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program in 2000, because whether you are running into a burning home, responding to a tragic highway accident, responding to a senior citizen who has fallen, or providing life-saving medical care, you deserve to know that you have a government that's on your side and at your side."