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  • 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 Read more here...

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

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

  • CFSI TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE PARTNERS SHOWCASE Read more here...

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

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CONGRESS PASSES DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT; REAUTHORIZES FIRE SERVICE PROGRAMS

On Friday, December 21st, the Senate approved the conference report to H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act. The House approved the conference report on Thursday, December 20th. In addition to authorizing appropriation for the Department of Defense, the bill had a number of provisions of importance to the nations fire and emergency services. During Senate consideration of the legislation, the Senate approved an amendment sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT), and co-sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (ME), Thomas Carper (DE) and Scott Brown (MA), authorizing funding for the United States Fire Administration (USFA), as well as the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs through the end of Fiscal Year 2017. Also during consideration of the legislation, the Senate approved an amendment offered by Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) that made several changes to the Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) program, including providing mandatory funding for disability benefits, expanding coverage to certain non-profit EMS providers, and the addition of vascular rupture under the causes of death covered by the Hometown Heroes provisions. H.R. 4310 will now go to the White House for President Obamas signature.