Call For Seminar Proposals

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is announcing an official Call for Proposals for the Dr. William F. Jenaway Seminar Program that will be conducted at the 2023 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium. The Symposium is scheduled for May 22nd and 23rd in conjunction with the 33rd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner.

This year, CFSI is soliciting seminar submissions for four topic areas:

  1. Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  2. Fire and emergency services retention and engagement
  3. Mobile integrated healthcare
  4. Data and cybersecurity

We are seeking presentations on programs and initiatives addressing these four areas from fire department and national organization representatives. If your department has a program or initiative that is relevant to one of the four topics, we want to hear from you. Similarly, if you are a non-departmental organization spearheading efforts in these spaces, please let us know about your work and how it fits into our four topic areas!

THE FOUR TOPICS:

1. Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Communities have become diverse in their culture, languages spoken, and norms. What steps has your department taken to understand the community demographics, diversify your workforce, and factor in community demographics in risk assessment and risk reduction efforts? Tell us about the work you are doing in this area and the action items your program delivers.

2. Fire and emergency services retention and engagement

While recruitment remains a major issue for the fire and emergency services, focus must also be placed on retaining and engaging existing fire and EMS personnel. How is your department working to address these issues? What programs, initiatives, etc. have you implemented to improve personnel engagement, morale, and retention? What are the challenges and opportunities? What have you learned? How do you define and measure success? Tell us about the work you are doing in this area and successful action items you can recommend.

3. Mobile integrated healthcare

Tell us about your department’s mobile integrated healthcare/community paramedicine program. What are the challenges and opportunities? What have you learned? How do you define and measure success? Tell us about the work you are doing in this area and the action items you would recommend. 

4. Data and cybersecurity

Fire and EMS departments rely on mission-critical applications, systems, and data to protect their communities. With the rising number of cyber intrusions and ransomware attacks, it is more important than ever to strengthen our cybersecurity posture and protect our most critical assets. As fire and EMS professionals, we are entrusted with collecting, accessing, sharing, and safeguarding personally identifiable information. Has your department experienced a cyber intrusion? Is your department ready if one were to occur? What is your department doing to address cyber and data security? Who are you working and collaborating with? Tell us about the work you are doing in this area and the action items you would recommend.

FOR ALL SEMINARS:

  • All seminar proposals must meet the following criteria to be considered:
    • SCOPE: Your seminar submission must:
      • Be Relevant. Explain what your program, initiative, study, etc. is and how it is relevant to one of our four topics.
      • Be Current. Presentations should address issues that occurred over the last two years, are occurring now, or will occur into the future.
      • Be Measurable. Your seminar submission should explain how you have measured the success of your program, initiative, study, etc. 
      • Be Actionable. How can other departments, organizations, etc. take what you have learned and implement it in their own work? Provide concrete suggestions and action items.

    * Seminars intended solely to promote for-profit programs and activities that benefit an organization will not be considered.

    • PRESENTERS: Presentations may be made by an individual presenter or a panel. If submitting on behalf of a panel, please provide a complete list of panelists and the moderator. 
    • ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Where applicable, proposed presenters, panelists, and moderators should represent a diversity of national organizations and fire service disciplines.
    • LENGTH: Seminars are limited to 50 minutes in length. 
    • DUE DATE: Proposals must be submitted to CFSI no later than December 22, 2022. Proposals can be submitted here.

Proposals must include the following information:

  • Seminar title.
  • Description of seminar. Please explain the objectives of the presentation, describe the metrics by which success is measured, and list at least three takeaways that attendees will have at the conclusion of the presentation.
  • Presenter information. Please provide the names of presenters or panelists and moderators with biographical information (maximum 200 words per biography).
  • Description of organization. For a presenter representing or affiliated with an organization, please provide a description of the organization, its mission, as well as a link to the organization website (maximum 200 word description for each organization).
  • Public Affairs contact. Please provide contact information (including name, phone number, and email address) for a person who will work with CFSI to promote the seminar and the 2023 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner via social media, distribution to relevant followers, etc.  
  • Primary point of contact. Please provide a primary point of contact for the submission, including name, phone number, and email address.

All proposals will be reviewed by CFSI’s staff and the Programmatic Subcommittee of CFSI’s National Advisory Committee.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  Applicants must agree to work with CFSI to finalize participants, produce relevant materials, and promote the seminar series.  CFSI reserves the right to make changes to panelists and seminar content.

Please contact CFSI at [email protected] or (202) 371-1277 with any questions regarding the Call for Proposals.

Submit Your Proposal

  • Primary Point of Contact

  • Public Affairs Contact

    Please provide contact information for a person who will work with CFSI to promote the seminar and the 2023 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner via social media, distribution to relevant followers, etc.
  • Seminar Information

  • Please explain the objectives of the presentation, describe the metrics by which success is measured, and list at least three takeaways that attendees will have at the conclusion of the presentation.
  • Please provide the names of presenters or panelists and moderators with biographical information (maximum 200 words per biography).
  • For a presenter representing or affiliated with an organization, please provide a description of the organization, its mission, as well as a link to the organization website (maximum 200 word description for each organization).
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