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FISCAL YEAR 2016 HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

(July 10, 2015) – On Thursday, July 9th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved a draft Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill funds the department at $39.3 billion, $337 million less than the current fiscal year. The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the bill on Tuesday, July 14th.     Read More »

 

13TH ANNUAL CFSI SILENT AUCTION

(June 16, 2015) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute will be hosting its 13th Annual Silent Auction in Baltimore, Maryland during the Firehouse Expo on Saturday, July 18thfrom 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.     Read More »

 

VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE

(June 16, 2015) – On Friday, June 12th, Congressman John Larson (CT-1) and Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) introduced H.R. 2752, the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act of 2015 (VRIPA). The legislation provides a tax exemption on certain benefits volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel receive from their communities. Currently, volunteers must pay federal income tax on these modest incentives. The legislation would exempt from federal income tax any property tax benefit and up to $600 per year of any other type of benefit that a state or local unit of government provides to volunteer emergency responders as a recruitment or retention incentive.     Read More »

 

HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON ZADROGA ACT REAUTHORIZATION

(June 16, 2015) – On Thursday, June 11th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health conducted a hearing on H.R. 1786, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bill reauthorizes the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund, programs that provide health monitoring, treatment and compensation for responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.     Read More »

 

ASK YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT H.R. 1748, THE SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT

(June 16, 2015) - With the Atlantic hurricane season now underway, we are reminded of the need to make sure that our communities are prepared for natural disasters. However severe weather events are not just limited to hurricanes along the east coast; they regularly occur in every state at all times of the year. Last week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced above average fire activity projections for the upcoming 2015 fire wildfire season.     Read More »

 

THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO BE HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES: Fire Service-Based EMS Award Presentation at 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

(April 10, 2015) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute and Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) will honor three fire departments for best practices and innovative solutions in the delivery of emergency medical services with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award presentation takes place on April 16 at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.     Read More »

 

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO ADDRESS NATION’S FIRE SERVICE LEADERS: Over 1,800 Fire Service Leaders Attending 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

(April 10, 2015) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute is pleased to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 16, 2015 at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC. The theme of the dinner program is “The Future Depends on Informed Leaders.” Fire and emergency services officials from across the country are expected to attend the program that pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation’s one million firefighters and emergency services personnel.     Read More »

 

CFSI AND IFSTA ANNOUNCE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2015 DR. ANNE W. PHILLIPS AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION: Catherine B. Lohr and Pamela A. Powell will be honored at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

(April 8, 2015) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP-OSU) are honored to select two fire prevention education pioneers, Cathy Lohr and Pam Powell, as the 2015 recipients of the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. The award presentation will take place on April 16th at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC.     Read More »

 

CFSI ANNOUNCES EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

(April 1, 2015) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is excited to announce a new educational partnership with Columbia Southern University. Through the new partnership, individuals attending select seminars at the 2015 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium will be able to earn Continuing Education Units through Columbia Southern University.     Read More »

 

THE SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES FIRE SERVICE SAFETY LEADERSHIP AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS: CFSI and NFFF Recognize IAFF for Leadership in Addressing Cancer in the Fire Service

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have selected the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) as the recipients of the 2015 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.     Read More »

 

DR. DENIS ONIEAL TO BE HONORED AT 27TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER

(March 11, 2015) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute's Board of Directors selected Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy, as the recipient of the 2015 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The presentation will take place at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 16th at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.     Read More »

 

CONGRESS APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2015 HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL

(March 3, 2015) – Today the House passed H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, bringing an end to a lengthy battle between Congress and the White House that threatened to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.     Read More »

 

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION BILLS INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS

(March 3, 2015) – On February 27, 2015, Senator Susan Collins (ME) and Congressman Peter King (NY-2) introduced the Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Act. The Senate and House bills, S. 616 and H.R. 1171 respectively, would modify the federal tax code to make it easier for fire departments and local governments to provide recruitment and retention incentives to volunteer emergency response personnel through length of service award programs (LOSAPs). Senator Charles Schumer (NY) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.     Read More »

 

“THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON INFORMED LEADERS”: NATIONAL FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES SYMPOSUIM/27th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER

(March 3, 2015) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is proud to host the 2015 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium/27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. The theme of this year’s program is “The Future Depends on Informed Leaders.” Over 2,000 fire and emergency services officials are expected to participate in this annual event, which takes place on April 15th & 16th. Attendees will meet with their members of Congress and take part in seminars that cover a broad range of federal issues impacting public safety. Registration and the schedule of events can be viewed on CFSI’s website. You can also make your hotel reservation at the Washington Hilton by clicking here. Rooms are going fast, so make your reservations now.     Read More »

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS

(February 24, 2015) - The deadline for submitting nominations for both the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award and the CFSI/NFFF Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leader Award is Friday, February 27th. All nominations must be submitted to CFSI by mail or electronically by the close of business.     Read More »

 

CFSI ANNOUNCES NEW CO-SPONSOR OF THE EXCELLENCE IN FIRE SERVICE-BASED EMS AWARD: Masimo the Perfect Partner to Recognize Innovations in Fire Service-Based EMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Feb. 20, 2015 - The Congressional Fire Services Institute has announced a new co-sponsor of the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. Masimo, a leading manufacturer of noninvasive emergency medical equipment worldwide, will bring a new level of recognition to the awards program based on its reputation for product innovations that are revolutionizing the delivery of emergency medical care by fire departments across the nation.     Read More »

 

GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY – A CRITICAL TOOL FOR AMERICA’S FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

(February 6, 2015) – As the 114th Congress gets underway, our nation’s capital is awash in a flurry of activity. During a normal two-year session of Congress, approximately 10,000 pieces of legislation will be introduced in the House and Senate. On average, only 3% of these bills will be signed into law.     Read More »

 

“THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON INFORMED LEADERS”: NATIONAL FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES SYMPOSUIM/27th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER

(February 6, 2015) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is proud to host the 2015 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposuim/27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. The theme of this year’s program is “The Future Depends on Informed Leaders.” 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. Registration and the schedule of events can be viewed on CFSI’s website. 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 »

 

WHITE HOUSE RECOMMENDS REDUCTIONS TO KEY FIRE SERVICE PROGRAMS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016

(February 6, 2015) - On Monday, February 2nd, the White House unveiled the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal. The $4.066 trillion budget contains $41.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.     Read More »

 

CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL, JR TO CHAIR CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES CAUCUS

(January 13, 2015) – Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) has been selected as the chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus for the 114th Congress. First elected to Congress in 1996, Congressman Pascrell has been a tireless advocate for the nation’s fire and emergency services. Throughout his career in Congress, he has sponsored numerous bills to address the needs of the fire service, and is recognized as one of the principal authors of the legislation that established the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs. In 2001 and 2005, Congressman Pascrell was a selected as a co-recipient of the CFSI Legislator of the Year Award for his leadership and support of the nation’s fire and emergency services.     Read More »

 

114th CONGRESS CONVENES, IMPORTANT FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATION MOVES FORWARD IN HOUSE

(January 13, 2015) – The 114th Congress convened on January 6, 2015. Twelve new Senators and 52 new House members have joined Congress. Lawmakers wasted no time getting to work. On Friday, January 9th, the House Appropriations Committee has released H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The bill provides $39.7 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and increase of $400 million over the previous fiscal year.     Read More »