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Congressional Fire Services Institute Presents

The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium / 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

"The Future Depends on Informed Leaders"

April 15-16, 2015
Washington, DC

CFSI Board member Lou Amabili and Vice President Joe Biden

About the Event

Since 1989, fire service leaders from across the nation have traveled to Washington, DC to attend CFSI's National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency officials participate in the program, attending seminars, conducting meetings with members of Congress, and networking with peers to build relationships. At the conclusion of the event, they assemble together in the ballroom of the historic Washington Hilton to hear the highest ranking political leaders in the nation pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation's firefighters and emergency services personnel.

On April 15-16, 2015, CFSI will once again host the annual gathering of fire service leaders in Washington, DC. The theme of the program is "The Future Depends on Informed Leaders." As fire service leaders, we understand the importance of knowledge. It enables us to make the right decisions and helps us to influence decisions made by others. By attending this program, you will gain new knowledge about the federal government and have the opportunity to share your own knowledge with key decision makers in Washington, DC. This experience will not only benefit you, but the entire fire and emergency services.

Congressman Steny Hoyer, Co-Chair, Congressional Fire Services Caucus President George W. Bush (43rd)

Veteran attendees will notice a slight change we have made to the title of the program - from a dinner and seminars event to a symposium/dinner program. The change reflects the emphasis CFSI places on the educational aspect of the program. You will not find another fire service event that explains how the federal government is addressing the challenges and concerns of our firefighters, emergency services personnel and the fire service industry. Opportunities will abound to interact with members of Congress, their staffs, and federal agency officials to discuss both national issues and local concerns. The knowledge you will acquire will increase your understanding of federal programs and legislation, while emboldening you to take a stronger interest in advocating for the fire and emergency services on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Peter King, Co-Chair,
Congressional Fire Services Caucus

The seminars program is something you can only experience in our nation's capital. Featuring members of Congress, federal agency officials and national fire service leaders, the program covers a broad array of federal issues — issues being considered by Congress or implemented by federal agencies. Your registration fee will allow you to attend the seminars program as well as the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner.

For 26 years, the nation's highest ranking political leaders - including three Presidents, four Vice Presidents and the co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus - have attended the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. They have paid tribute to the men and women of the fire and emergency services. CFSI will extend invitations to the President and Vice President to deliver the keynote address at our 2015 program, which will also feature four award presentations for individual and organizational leadership in advancing the readiness and response capabilities of our nation's fire and emergency services (visit Leadership Awards on our website for details).

So register now and become an "Informed Leader" so you can help the fire and emergency services deliver an important message to Congress - a message that needs to be heard by our lawmakers.

Three Important Reasons Why CFSI Offers This Program

  1. Educate attendees on critical current and future national issues, legislation, and policies that significantly impact the entire fire and emergency services community.

  2. Engage attendees to influence members of Congress and their professional staffs, as well as leaders of federal agencies and other key Administration representatives.

  3. Network and build relationships with a diverse assembly of leaders from throughout national fire and emergency services organizations.