Fire Service Leaders Cultivate Relationships at CFSI’s 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program

Each year, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has the distinct honor of hosting the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. The event brings together fire and emergency services leaders from across the country to our nation’s capital. During their stay, they meet with their members of Congress, attend the CFSI seminars program, and come together as one fire service for a special dinner program honoring the dedication and service of our nation’s one million first responders.

Common Ground Can Lead to Common Good

Since the shutdown started two weeks ago, I’ve heard from friends and business associates alike who live and work outside the Beltway asking if I see an end to this madness. The answer: There have certainly been a number of proposals offered, but none of which have been embraced by both sides of the political aisle that would end the impasse…at least not yet.

Fire Service Prevailed on Capitol Hill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2217, the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, by a vote of 245 to 182. It’s one of 12 annual appropriations measures Congress is expected to approve to fund all federal programs in Fiscal Year 2014 – including programs that benefit the fire and emergency services.