Event Information

Exchanging Knowledge to Advance Our Mission

Washington, DC

April 24–25, 2019

About the Event

On April 24-25, 2019, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) will host the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington, DC. Once again, the annual tribute to the nation’s fire service is expected to draw over 1,500 fire and emergency services leaders from across the country. They will attend seminars, conduct meetings with their members of Congress and network with their colleagues. At the conclusion of the two-day event, they will assemble together in the Washington Hilton ballroom to hear national political leaders paying tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel. CFSI invites you to participate in this important event.

“The theme of the 2019 program is Exchanging Knowledge to Advance Our Mission,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. “Each generation of fire service officials possesses important knowledge that can shape the future of the fire service profession. What we know about the past and present can help us prepare for future challenges. We want our 2019 program to provide a forum where past, present and future leaders can engage in lively discussions on where we are and where we need to go to make the fire service a safer profession for all who serve.”

The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner is an event like no other in the fire and emergency services. By attending, you will develop a better understanding about the federal government’s role in addressing the challenges and concerns of our firefighters, emergency services personnel and the fire service industry. Opportunities abound to interact with members of Congress 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 fire and emergency services on Capitol Hill.

The seminars program is something you can only experience in our nation’s capital. Featuring federal policy makers and national fire service leaders, the program covers a broad array of national issues – issues being considered by Congress and implemented by federal agencies, as well as issues being addressed collectively by national organizations and distinguished fire service officials. Your registration fee will allow you full access to the seminars program and the Dinner.

Culminating the two-day event, the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner will feature leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and the Administration who will pay their personal tributes to the men and women of the fire and emergency services. The program will also include four award presentations for individual and organizational leadership in advancing the readiness and response capabilities of our nation’s fire and emergency services.

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.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 202-371-1277.

About CFSI

Established in 1989, CFSI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to educate members of Congress about the challenges and needs of our nation’s fire and emergency services. It is a privately-funded organization. While actively advocating each year for continued congressional support for the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant programs, CFSI has never applied for either grant. This is why CFSI depends on the support from individuals and organizations to maintain an active presence on Capitol Hill.