2021 National Fire and Emergency Services Virtual Symposium

The Congressional Fire Services Institute is excited to announce the 2021 National Fire and Emergency Services Virtual Symposium!

During the three-day symposium, registrants can attend various seminars hosted by prominent fire service leaders and federal officials discussing public safety topics and leadership issues.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

9:35 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Session

Dr. William F. Jenaway, President, Congressional Fire Services Institute
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chair, Congressional Fire Services Institute
Peggy Echols, Board of Directors, Congressional Fire Services Insititute
Chief Tonya Hoover, Acting Administrator, United States Fire Administration

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Leadership Forum: Transforming the Way We Think and Perform as Leaders

Moderator(s): Bill Webb (CFSI)

Speaker(s): Chief John Butler (Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department), Vickie Pritchett (NFSA), Kevin O’Connor (O’Connor CARES Solutions), Dave Statter (STATter911 Communications, LLC), Dennis Compton (IFSTA), Stephen Hrutisch (Vision 20/20)

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Legislative Update: Fire and Emergency Service Priorities on Capitol Hill and How You Can Participate

Speaker(s): Michaela Campbell (CFSI),  Seth Statler (NFPA),  Ken LaSala (IAFC), Shannon Meissner (IAFF), Dave Finger (NVFC)

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Session: 2020 Award Presentations and 2021 Award Announcements

Speakers: Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell (2020 Mason Lankford Award Recipient), Michael Leonard (Motorola Solutions), Bill Webb (CFSI)

Special presentation of the 2020 Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award — Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell
Announcement of the 2021 recipients of the CFSI Awards
Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award
Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award
Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education
Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Education to Field Application: Learning and Performing in the Virtual Environment

Speaker(s): Kathy Francis & Stephen S. Carter (Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management & Public Safety (MACEM&PS) at Frederick Community College (FCC)), Terry L. Victor (Johnson Controls Fire Protection)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recruitment and Retention in a Disconnected World

Speaker(s): Dr. Candice McDonald (Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association), John D’Alessandro (Firemen’s Association of the State of New York), Warren Jones (Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association), David W. Lewis (NVFC)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

COVID-19 Update: Assessing the Current Situation and Planning Ahead

Moderator(s): Bill Webb (CFSI)
Speaker(s): Dave Lang (IAFF), Thomas Miller (NVFC), Chief Gary Ludwig (Champaign, IL Fire Department)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tracking Occupational Exposures in the Fire and Emergency Services

Moderator(s): Dennis Compton (IFSTA)
Speaker(s): Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell (International Public Safety Data Institute), Pat Morrison (IAFF), Chief John Oates (East Hartford Fire Department)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

21st Century Fire and Rescue Services

Speaker(s): Chief Randy Bruegman (Ret.), Chief Trisha L. Wolford (Anne Arundel County Fire Department), Tom Harmer (Long Boat Key, FL), Preet Bassi (Center for Public Excellence), Michael Despain (City of Piedmont)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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Thursday, April 29th, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Introduction to Tall Mass Timber Buildings

Speaker(s): Raymond C. O’Brocki (American Wood Council), Chief Michael O’Brian (Brighton Area Fire Authority)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The National Firefighter Registry: Understanding and Reducing Cancer

Moderator(s): Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell (International Public Safety Data Institute)

Speaker(s): Pat Morrison (IAFF), Kenneth Fent (NIOSH), Chief John Oates (East Hartford Fire Department)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Risk Reduction: Advancing the Fire and Emergency Services by Understanding the Community

Speaker(s): Chelsea Rubadou (NFPA), Deputy Chief Joe Powers (Charlottesville VA Fire Department), Kim Stouse

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A Perspective on Matching Modernization with Changing Complexity in our Wildland Fire Management System

Speaker(s): Joseph E. Stutler (National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy), Tom Zimmerman (Tom Zimmerman Consulting)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FirstNet Update: Where We Are and Where We're Going

Speaker(s): Michael Varney (FirstNet), Kevin Nida (FirstNet), Gary McCarraher (FirstNet)

*Approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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4:00 PM - 4:10 PM

CFSI Closing Remarks

Speaker(s): Bill Webb (CFSI)