Schedule of Events

“Delivering a United Message”

Washington, DC | May 22–23, 2023

About the Event

On May 22–23, 2023, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) will host the 32nd 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 of your colleagues from the fire and emergency services. By registering, you can attend educational seminars, conduct meetings with your member of Congress, and network with your colleagues. At the conclusion of the two-day event, you will join 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.

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

Schedule of Events

MONDAY, MAY 22

Location: Washington Hilton

Will Call

May 22: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

May 23: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Concourse Level, Washington Hilton

Will Call will be located in the Washington Hilton where attendees can claim their tickets to the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner.

Tickets will allow entrance to all the seminars on Monday and Tuesday and the dinner program on Tuesday evening.

Claim your tickets at Will Call the day before the dinner to avoid the last-minute rush.

Recruitment, Development, and Retention Strategies for Today’s Fire and Emergency Services

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: The fire and emergency services have been impacted by difficulties attracting, developing, and retaining fire and EMS personnel. This seminar will discuss strategies to assist with overcoming these challenges and help fire departments recruit, train, and retain talented personnel.

Presenters:

  • Ken Willette, Executive Director, North American Fire Training Directors
  • Chief Joel Cerny, National Volunteer Fire Council
  • Chief Salvatore Scarpa, Columbus (GA) Fire & EMS

 

Federal Government Partners in Fire Service Health and Safety Research

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: The federal government engages in many areas of critical research that affect the fire and emergency services. The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are two agencies that have several important ongoing research projects focused on the health and safety of fire and EMS personnel across the country.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Susan Moore, Associate Director for Science, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
  • Dr. Emily Haas, Senior Research Behavioral Scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
  • Dr. Rick Davis, Leader, Flammability Reduction Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Challenges Facing the Fire and Emergency Services

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Lithium-ion batteries are a growing challenge for the fire and emergency services. This panel will discuss issues pertaining to compliance, installation, and safety risks posed to firefighters when responding to incidents involving these batteries.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Steve Kerber, Vice President & Executive Director, Fire Safety Research Institute
  • Adam Barowy, Research Engineer, Fire Safety Research Institute
  • Sean DeCrane, Director Health and Safety Operational Services, International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Chief Michael O’Brian, Board of Directors, International Association of Fire Chiefs

 

LUNCH BREAK

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Creating a Path Forward

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Join industry researchers and national fire service leaders from across the country as they discuss the value of diversifying the fire service workforce and offer tools to assess your organization’s work environment to ensure that every employee has the support to perform to the fullest of their abilities. Learn how DEI is directly linked to successfully recruiting and retaining talent and why fire departments that prioritize equitable access can benefit.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Candice McDonald, Deputy CEO, National Volunteer Fire Council
  • Dave Denniston, Director of Risk Management, McNeil and Company Inc.
  • Dr. Sara Jahnke, Director, Center for Fire Rescue and EMS Health Research
  • Dr. Brittany Hollerbach, Associate Scientist and Deputy Director, Center for Fire Rescue and EMS Health Research
  • Chief Amy Hanifan, Women in Fire
  • Deputy Chief Laurie VandeSchoot, Center for Fire Rescue and EMS Health Research / Satya Inc.

 

Capitol Hill Photo Op

U.S. Capitol

3:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Join us during #CFSI2023 for a group photo op at the U.S. Capitol! This event is open to all 33rd Annual CFSI Symposium and Dinner registrants.

Click here to sign up for the photo op!

 

Fire & Water Mixer

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

This welcoming reception has a limited number of tickets available, so order your tickets now to ensure you can connect with your fire and emergency services colleagues!

$40/ticket – click here to purchase.

Complimentary tickets available to Cabinet-level or higher members of the CFSI Associate’s Club – click here to join!

 

TUESDAY, MAY 23

Location: Washington Hilton

 

Government 101: Advocating for the Fire and Emergency Services

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Every year, national fire and emergency services organizations work together to advocate on the Hill and in the executive agencies for the interests of fire and EMS personnel. This seminar will provide an overview of the work being done at the federal level by the government affairs directors of major fire service organizations, and provide the tips and tricks needed to take your advocacy efforts to the next level.

Presenters:

  • Michaela Campbell, Director of Government Affairs, Congressional Fire Services Institute
  • Seth Statler, Director of Government Affairs, National Fire Protection Association
  • Evan Davis, Director of Government Affairs, International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Ryan Woodward, Chief of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, National Volunteer Fire Council
  • Sean Carroll, Director of Government Relations, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

 

A Conversation with the U.S. Fire Administrator

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Listen to Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator, as she discusses the USFA agenda in conversation with CFSI’s Executive Director Bill Webb.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration
  • Bill Webb, Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

 

Enhancing Fire Service-Based EMS

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Fire service-based EMS policies, regulations, deployment models, training, and other program elements continue to evolve. EMS systems have become sophisticated in every aspect of practice and management. This seminar provides an overview of current system innovations in three separate locations in the United States.

Presenters:

  • Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association
  • Chief Charles Hood, San Antonio (TX) Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Andrew Estrada, San Antonio (TX) Fire Department
  • Chief Greg Barton, Beverly Hills (CA) Fire Department
  • Sean Stokes, Beverly Hills (CA) Fire Department
  • Dr. Robert Holman, Medical Director, Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department
  • Amy Mauro, Executive Director, DC Fire and EMS Foundation
  • Lisa Edmondson, RN, BSN, MBA, Navigation lead, Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department

 

The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission was created to study the issue of wildfire and devise recommendations and strategies for preventing, managing, and suppressing wildfires, as well as improving post-fire recovery. This seminar will provide a current status of the work done by the Commission and an assessment of future activities.

Presenters:

  • Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Director, National Fire Protection Association
  • Mike Morgan, Director, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
  • Fire Marshal Mariana Temple-Ruiz, State of Oregon

 

LUNCH BREAK

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

 

Active Shooter and Hostile Event Response Preparedness and Planning

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Is your department prepared to respond to an active shooter incident? This panel will provide information on the importance of preparedness pertaining to active shooter/hostile event planning, response, and recovery.

Presenters:

  • Chief Otto Drozd, Executive Secretary, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
  • Chief John A. Donnelly, Sr., Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department
  • Chief Antonio Burden, Augusta (GA) Fire Department
  • John Francis Ryan, Emergency Manager, Critical Event Preparedness and Response, Augusta University
  • Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

 

Into the Breach: Data and Cyber Security for Fire Departments

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Jefferson East, Washington Hilton

Description: Data is critical to ensure departments can plan efficiently, respond effectively, and best serve their communities. Increasing threats to data and cyber security, however, can threaten department operations. Learn how to improve your department’s security with information from the International Public Safety Data Institute and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Presenters:

  • Chief John Oates, CEO, International Public Safety Data Institute
  • Martin Stanley, Strategic Technology Branch Chief, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

 

General Reception

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

International Terrace, Washington Hilton

 

33rd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

International Ballroom, Washington Hilton

 

*Schedule may be subject to changes

The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium is something you can only experience in our nation’s capital. No other event in the fire service features such a distinguished assembly of knowledgeable experts on national fire service issues — leaders who are involved in shaping national initiatives and advocating for the fire service in Washington, DC.

Our seminar presenters include federal government representatives, fire and emergency services leaders, association leaders, and many more who are experts in such areas as first responder communications, emergency medical services, building codes, leadership, public safety education, and health and wellness.

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