Nominations Now Being Accepted for Public Safety Officer Medal: Award Recognizes Public Safety Personnel for Valor

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has opened the nomination period for the 2017-2018 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. This is the highest national award honoring firefighters, emergency service officers, and law enforcement officers across the country, including federal, state, local and tribal officers. The nomination period will remain open until 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Commemorating the Fire and Emergency Services

It’s never too early to think about the ideal Holiday gift for your family, friends and fellow firefighters, and we have the perfect gift in mind: the 2018 National Fire Service Christmas ornament. Capturing the Holiday Spirit and the proud heritage of our nation’s fire service, this beautiful keepsake is the ideal gift for any member or supporter of our nation’s fire and emergency services. Handcrafted using the highest quality materials, these ornaments are made right here in the USA!

The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week

(May 17, 2018) – Sunday May 20, 2018 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments.

The fire service has a rich history of protecting the health and safety of our communities through an emergency response model that includes the delivery of pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care. Fire Service-Based EMS providers are trained, equipped and positioned to provide their communities with timely emergency medical care, and more recently, Integrated Community Health Care (ICHC) services as well. Firefighter/EMTs and paramedics respond quickly, professionally, skillfully, and compassionately in communities across the United States every day…24/7.

The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Coalition recognizes the life-saving contributions and achievements, as well as the dedication and commitment, of those who serve in Fire Service-Based EMS systems. National EMS Week is a time to pause and say “thank you” to the entire EMS Community, especially firefighter/EMTs and paramedics …our nation’s ‘all hazards’ response personnel.

Established in 2006, the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Coalition, based in Washington, DC, provides members of Congress and other government officials with information they need to effectively support Fire Service-Based EMS systems throughout the nation. For more information about the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates and how to join the coalition, visit www.fireserviceems.com.

Originally posted by the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates (www.fireserviceems.com)

30th Annual CFSI Symposium and Dinner Program Brings Together Current and Future Leaders

Approximately 1,500 fire service officials from across the nation gathered together to engage their peers and federal leaders in discussions on a broad range of issues being addressed on Capitol Hill and by the Trump Administration. At the end of the two-day program, they assembled in the Washington Hilton ballroom to pay tribute to fire service leaders and organizations for their outstanding leadership in addressing the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.

City of Alpena Fire Department and Illini Emergency Medical Services to be Honored for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2018) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo will honor the City of Alpena (MI) Fire Department and the Illini Emergency Medical Services with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award presentation will take place on April 19th at the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC.

Our Federal Leaders Need to Hear from You

This past year, Congress approved legislation to reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant programs, and the United States Fire Administration. In addition, Congress approved the tax bill that included major provisions of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. It took us 15 years but we were finally able to convince Congress to take action on this measure.

Two Veteran Fire Service Leaders to be Recognized at the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors selected Mr. Steve Austin and Mr. Tony O’Neill as the co-recipients of the 2018 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The presentation will take place at the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 19th at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC.