The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium is something you can only experience in our nation’s capital. No other event in the fire service features federal policy makers and national fire service leaders for a program that covers a broad array of important federal issues being considered by Congress or implemented by federal agencies. Nor does any other event boast such an extensive assembly of distinguished and knowledgeable experts on national fire service issues.

Our seminar presenters include association leaders and policy makers who are experts in such areas as first responder communications, emergency medical services, building codes, leadership, public safety education, and health and wellness. Federal presenters participate and listen to how our government can be more responsive to the concerns and needs of the fire and emergency services.

The CFSI seminar program delivers a unique two-day educational experience to learn about the inner workings of the legislative process and policy implementation, increase your understanding of federal programs that benefit the fire service, and communicate directly with federal agency officials.

Attending the seminars program and interacting with federal policy makers serves to enhance greater awareness about our needs and challenges. It is important for all fire and emergency services officials to participate in this event, and for city and town officials to encourage them to attend.

There is not another opportunity during the year for this distinct opportunity to meet federal agency officials, national association professionals, fire officials, and industry leaders of so many diverse organizations who advocate for the fire service on Capitol Hill.



The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Co-Chair, Congressional Fire Services Caucus

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE TO CAPITOL HILL
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CFSI will provide complimentary shuttle service to Capitol Hill for all attendees of the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner. Information about the salient issues pending before Congress that impact the fire and emergency services will be available at Will Call for all attendees who will be meeting with their members of Congress.

WILL CALL
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton
Tickets to the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner covers events on Wednesday and Thursday and are only distributed onsite at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Attendees are required to purchase a ticket to attend the seminars program and dinner. Claim your tickets at Will Call the day before the dinner to avoid the last-minute rush.


U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

SEMINAR PROGRAM
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton
Featuring federal policy makers and national fire service leaders, the seminars program covers a broad array of issues being considered by Congress or implemented by federal agencies. Attend our seminars program to increase your understanding of federal programs that benefit the fire service. Attendees must purchase a ticket to the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner to participate in the seminar program.

CFSI BARBECUE BASH
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Longview Gallery: 1234 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Sponsored by: LION, DuPont, International Association of Arson Investigators, and Hellbender Brewing Company
Relax and enjoy the company of your peers while feasting on mouthwatering barbecue. For ticket information, call 202-371-1277. CFSI will provide roundtrip shuttle service from the Washington Hilton to the Longview Gallery – just a ten-minute drive. Tickets available online here. www.cfsi.org.

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017


Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Honor Guard

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE TO CAPITOL HILL
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CFSI will provide complimentary shuttle service to Capitol Hill for all attendees of the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner. Information about the salient issues pending before Congress that impact the fire and emergency services will be available at Will Call for all attendees who will be meeting with their members of Congress.

WILL CALL
7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Washington Hilton
Tickets to the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner cover events on Wednesday and Thursday and are only distributed onsite at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Attendees are required to purchase a ticket to participate in the annual seminar program and dinner. Claim your tickets at Will Call the day before the dinner to avoid the last-minute rush.

GENERAL RECEPTION 
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
International Terrace: Washington Hilton
Network with your peers from the fire service and fire service industry to exchange information and broaden your awareness about events and initiatives taking place throughout the fire service community. This is an opportunity to connect with old colleagues, build new business relationships, and converse with key organization leaders.

29th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
International Ballroom: Washington Hilton
Upwards of 2,000 fire and emergency service leaders from across the country come together as one fire service for a special dinner program honoring the dedication and service of our nation’s one million first responders.

The event includes tributes from prominent Administration officials and leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus leadership – individuals who understand our issues and work with us in Washington, DC on a daily basis to help the fire service become better prepared and trained.

During the program, CFSI will also recognize fire service leaders and organizations for outstanding leadership in advocating for our nation’s fire and emergency services. The prestigious awards include the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award, Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award, Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education, and the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards.

Without question, the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner is the most prestigious event in the fire and emergency services. Leaders from all disciplines gather together in Washington, DC and present a unified image to our elected officials on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Attendance at this event is critical for all members of the fire and emergency services so we can “Forge New Relationships” in our nation’s capital.