Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. It is a week in which we renew our commitment to fire safety and educate the public about safeguarding their communities and homes against the threat of fire.
Yesterday, a Senate resolution, S.Res.723, passed the Senate unanimously, declaring September 2020 as Campus Fire Safety Month. The resolution was introduced by Senators Susan Collins and Tom Carper, co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
In a press release, Senator Collins noted, “As college and university students resume classes this fall, it is important that we continue to place an emphasis on fire safety, both in dormitories and in off-campus housing. Our bipartisan resolution promotes fire safety education and fire prevention efforts in campus communities to help protect students and save lives.”
“By designating September as Campus Fire Safety Month, Americans are reminded of the importance of fire safety, awareness and prevention. Students and faculty can each do their part to increase attention to fire hazards and create safer campuses across the country to help save lives,” said Senator Carper.
The resolution encourages the provision of fire safety education to college students, evaluations of existing campus fire safety, installation of fire detection and suppression systems, and development of applicable codes.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) takes this opportunity during National EMS Week to honor the men and women serving in fire and emergency services departments across the nation who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care.
COVID-19 continues to command much of the attention on Capitol Hill and in the agencies. As the pandemic evolves, CFSI has continued to advocate with other national fire service organizations for supplies, testing, and additional direct funding to support the fire service.
Today (April 30th) is the day the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) was supposed to host the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner — an event to have been attended by 1,500 fire and emergency services leaders across the country to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.
Below are links to information from federal agencies on the coronavirus (COVID-19) that may be useful to the fire and emergency services:
- Coronavirus: Make infection control a priority – U.S. Fire Administration
- COVID-19 cost recovery for fire and EMS departments – U.S. Fire Administration
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports – World Health Organization
- Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19) – World Health Organization
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak – World Health Organization
- Coronavirus (COVID-10): What You Need to Know – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cases in the US – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
On behalf of the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors, I regret to announce that the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner has been postponed until further notice.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo will honor the San Antonio (TX) Fire Department and the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and Emergency Medical Services with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award presentations will take place on April 30th at the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU) are pleased to announce that Mr. Ed Comeau is the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have selected Sioux Falls (SD) Fire Rescue, the Clayton (DE) Fire Company, and the Prince George’s County (MD) Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department as the recipients of the 2020 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.