2018 National Fire & Emergency Services Symposium & Dinner Call For Seminar Proposals

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is announcing an official Call for Proposals for the 2018 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium.  The Symposium will be held in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in conjunction with  the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner.

Seminar proposals must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Seminars should focus on federal policy or issues that are national in scope, and have a positive impact on the nation’s fire and emergency services.  Seminars intended solely to promote for-profit programs and activities that specifically benefit an organization will not be considered.
  • Seminars are limited to 50 minutes in length.
  • Where applicable, proposed panelists and moderators should represent a diversity of national organizations and fire service disciplines.
  • Proposals must be submitted to CFSI no later than October 6, 2017.  Proposals can be submitted here.  

Proposals must include the following information:

  • Seminar title;
  • Seminar description and objectives (minimum 200 word narrative);
  • Names of panelists and moderators with biographical information (minimum 200 words per biography);
  • Statement explaining how the proposed seminar aligns with CFSI’s mission to advance the readiness and response capabilities of all first responders;
  • Statement explaining how the applicant will help CFSI promote the seminar and the 2018 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner;  
  • 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 seminars series.  CFSI reserves the right to make changes to panelists and seminar content.

Questions regarding the Call for Proposals should be directed to Sean Carroll, CFSI’s Director of Government Affairs, at [email protected] or (202) 371-1277.  

CFSI Releases Fire Service White Paper: Document To Be Shared With Lawmakers To Increase Their Understanding of the Fire and Emergency Services

(July 24, 2017) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute has recently released a white paper that will be distributed to members of Congress and federal agency officials.  The title of the paper is “Understanding the Roles, Challenges, and Needs of Our Nation’s Fire and Emergency Services”.  Thirty-five member organizations of the CFSI National Advisory Committee (NAC) co-signed the paper developed by the CFSI staff and task group comprised of NAC members.

“This document contains important information that we want to share with members of Congress,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb.  “It is intended to educate them about the challenges facing the fire service in protecting our communities and convey the importance of continued federal support for our local fire and emergency services departments.”

The White Paper is available on CFSI’s website.  Fire officials are encouraged to share it with their elected officials when discussing both local and national issues impacting the fire service.  By design, the document is brief, focusing on general information about the fire and emergency services.

Established in 1989, CFSI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute.  Its primary mission is to share information with members of Congress about the challenges and needs of our nation’s fire and emergency services to help them understand how certain programs and legislation can benefit our first responders.  The National Advisory Committee is comprised of a broad range of national fire and emergency services organizations.  Convening semi-annually, committee members discuss and develop consensus positions on federal issues that CFSI shares with members of Congress.

A privately-funded organization, CFSI is the host of the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner Program that takes place each year in Washington, DC.  Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the event.  Approximately 1,500 fire service leaders from across the country will assemble for the two-day event on April 18 – 19, 2018.  Additional details about the program will be available later in the year.

Forging New Relationships: Fire Service Leaders from Across the Nation Attend CFSI Event to Deliver Important Messages on Capitol Hill

The Congressional Fire Services Institute took great pride in hosting the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner Program on April 5th and 6th, in Washington, DC. Over 1,500 fire and emergency services leaders from across the country attended this year’s program, spending much of their time attending seminars and meetings with the members of Congress.

FORGING NEW RELATIONSHIPS: What These Words Can Mean To The Fire Service

Each year, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) selects a theme for the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner Program. By doing so, we attempt to deliver an important message to our attendees – and for that matter the entire fire service – about CFSI’s mission in Washington, DC and how you, as fire service leaders, can contribute to our efforts.

Nominations Open for the 2017 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU) are accepting nominations for the 2017 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in public fire safety education.