The strength of CFSI is its National Advisory Committee (NAC). Composed of more than 35 trade groups, issue organizations, and professional associations including the leading fire and emergency services organizations in the country, the NAC provides a forum where the national organizations conduct discussions and develop consensus on important national fire and emergency services issues. During a meeting, any NAC member can submit a resolution that seeks CFSI’s support on an issue. If the NAC approves the resolution, it is presented to the CFSI Board of Directors for final approval.
The resolutions process determines the issues that CFSI addresses on Capitol Hill. Only NAC members can introduce a resolution, and a supermajority is required for approval. Funding for the United States Fire Administration and the AFG/SAFER grant programs, reallocation of spectrum for first responders, and greater involvement of first responders in disaster mitigation are examples of the types of issues the NAC has supported at recent meetings.