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CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS BY ATTENDING THE 26th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM

Before 2,000 fire and emergency officials assemble together at the Washington Hilton for the Congressional Fire Services Institute's 26th annual dinner tradition May 1st, many of them will be spending their time in Washington, DC meeting with their members of Congress and attending the CFSI seminars program. The 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars provides a unique opportunity for fire and emergency officials to engage in discussions with key decision makers - including members of Congress, administration officials and national fire service leaders - to learn and understand the inner workings of the federal government on public safety issues.     Read More »

 

NFPA PRESIDENT JAMES M. SHANNON TO Be Honored at 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services DinneR Recipient of 2014 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award

(April 7th, 2014) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute's Board of Directors selected the Honorable James M. Shannon, President of the National Fire Protection Association, as the recipient of the 2014 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The presentation will take place at the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on May 1st at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.     Read More »

 

SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES FIRE SERVICE SAFETY LEADERSHIP AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO THREE ORGANIZATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS TO IMPROVE FIREFIGHTER HEALTH AND SAFETY

(April 7th, 2014) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have selected the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a unique partnership between the Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training and INTEGRIS Heart Hospital as the co-recipients of the 2014 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.     Read More »

 

FIRE-RESCUE MED: ANOTHER REASON TO ATTEND THE 26TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM

The International Association of Fire Chief’s Fire-Rescue Med (FRM) will coincide with the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program, providing a unique opportunity to come to the national capital region for fire service-based EMS leadership education, while attending the CFSI program that will broaden your knowledge and understanding of federal legislation and programs that benefit our nation’s first responders.     Read More »

 

CFSI TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE PARTNERS SHOWCASE

On April 30 and May 1, 2014, the Congressional Fire Services Institute will host the 2nd Annual National Fire Partners Showcase to be held in conjunction with the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars.     Read More »

 

CFSI AND THE BUILDSTRONG COALITION TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERS FORUM ON BUILDING CODES FOR A STRONGER AND SAFER AMERICA

The Congressional Fire Services Institute and the BuildStrong Coalition are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual National Thought Leaders Forum on Building Codes for a Stronger and Safer America. The event will take place in room SVC 203-02 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event, which coincides with the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program and the start of National Building Safety Month, will feature two keynote speakers, a Congressional Panel, and an Industry Roundtable.     Read More »

 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL CFSI FIRE SERVICE BARBECUE BASH

The Congressional Fire Services Institute, along with co-sponsors LION Apparel, DuPont, Waterous and the International Association of Arson Investigators, are pleased to announce the CFSI Fire Service Barbeque Bash on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm.     Read More »

 

TAMPA 2 – Recognizing Progress, Committing to the Future for Firefighter Health and Safety

(March 14, 2014) - Over 350 members of the fire and emergency services gathered in Tampa, Florida this week for a summit on firefighter health and safety. While the event commemorated the tenth anniversary of the historical summit that developed the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, the focus was on the future and advancing an agenda for the next ten years to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in the fire and emergency services.     Read More »

 

WHITE HOUSE RELEASES FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET PROPOSAL; RECOMMENDS CUTS TO KEY FIRE SERVICE PROGRAMS

(March 4, 2014) - On Tuesday, March 4th, the White House unveiled the Administration's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. The $3.9 trillion budget, which is an estimated increase of $250 billion over the Fiscal Year 2014 levels, contains $38.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This represents a decrease of approximately $1 billion from Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations for the department.     Read More »

 

CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL, JR. SELECTED AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES CAUCUS

The leadership of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus has selected Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) to serve as a co-chair. Congressman Pascrell assumes the position following the recent decision by Congressman Rob Andrews to leave Congress following a 23-year career in the House. Rep. Andrews served as a co-chair of the Fire Caucus since 1995.     Read More »

 

26th ANNUAL CFSI NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM

Please visit our website to register for the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. The theme of this year’s dinner is “Cultivating Relationships.” Over 2,000 fire and emergency services officials are expected to participate in this annual event, meeting with their members of Congress and taking part in seminars that cover a broad range of federal issues impacting public safety. You can also make your hotel reservation at the Washington Hilton by clicking here. Make your reservation now while rooms are still available.     Read More »

 

IRS RELEASES FINAL RULE ON EMPLOYER MANDATE

On Wednesday, February 12th, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the final rule for the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This is the final regulation providing guidance to employers on their responsibility regarding employee health coverage. Included in the final rule is language clarifying that fire departments and municipal governments will not need to include volunteers when calculating the number of full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) for the purposes of PPACA.     Read More »

 

FY2013 FIRE PREVENTION & SAFETY GRANTS APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS FEBRUARY 18, 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the application period for the Fiscal Year 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants will open on Tuesday, February 18th. The application period will remain open until Friday, March 21st.     Read More »

 

FARM BILL ADVANCES IN CONGRESS; STATE FIRE-SAFE CIGARETTE LAWS REMAIN UNAFFECTED

House and Senate negotiators working on the conference report for H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (also known as the Farm Bill), have reached an agreement. The legislation was subjected to long negotiations, as members from both houses attempted to craft a bi-partisan bill.     Read More »

 

CONGRESS APPROVES OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL

(January 18, 2014) - On Thursday, January 18th, the Senate approved H.R. 3547, the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus spending bill. The $1.1 trillion dollar spending package funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year and provides $39.3 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a reduction of $336 million compared to the Fiscal Year 2013 enacted level for the department. The House approved the spending package earlier this week. The bill will now go to the White House for President Obama’s signature.     Read More »

 

FISCAL YEAR 2014 OMNIBUS FUNDING BILL RELEASED; INCLUDES FUNDING FOR FIRE SERVICE PROGRAMS

(January 15, 2014) - On Wednesday, January 15th, the House approved H.R. 3547, the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus spending bill. The $1.1 trillion spending package funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year.     Read More »

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT ISSUES STATEMENT CLARIFYING STATUS OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS UNDER THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

(January 10, 2014) - On Friday, January 10th, Mark J. Mazur, the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, released a statement in response to the ongoing concern raised by several national fire service organizations and members of Congress from both parties. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires employers with more than 50 full-time employees (or their equivalents (FTE)) to provide health insurance to employees that work more than 30 hours per week. Unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Service has previously ruled that volunteer firefighters who receive nominal benefits from their fire departments (including stipends, end-of-the-year banquets and awards) count as "employees" of fire departments. This has led some volunteer fire departments to question whether or not they will be required to provide health insurance to their members under the “employer mandate” provisions of the health care law.     Read More »

 

CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS: 26th Annual National Fire & Emergency Services Dinner & Seminars

(January 16, 2014) - Registration is now open for the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program, held April 30 – May 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the annual event brings together 2,000 leaders from the fire and emergency services for a unique educational experience on how legislation is advanced and programs implemented at the federal level. For two days, the presence of the fire and emergency services on Capitol Hill captures the attention of our federal legislators, sending them a powerful message to address the needs and challenges of our nations' first responders.     Read More »