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.

img_8691Our 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.

2017 Seminar Schedule

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017

*All seminars on Wednesday, April 5th are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Columbia Southern University*

OPENING SESSION: THE UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINSTRATION: A Retrospective Discussion about Our Federal Agency
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Lincoln East; Washington Hilton
Description: A panel discussion with former-U.S. Fire Administrators about their experiences heading the agency, the challenges they faced as Fire Administrators, and their thoughts on strengthening the mission of USFA.
Moderator: Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director
Panelists: Chief David Paulison, Chief Greg Cade, Chief Ernest Mitchell, Jr. (TENTATIVE)
CEUs: 0.1

U.S. FIRE ADMINISTRATION’S APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONDER
12:00 noon – 12:50 p.m.
Lincoln East; Washington Hilton
Description: This presentation will address the United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) research agenda, including both and future research efforts to reduce firefighter on-duty deaths and injuries, and to enhance the safety of the general public.
Presenter: Bill Troup, United States Fire Administration
CEUs: 0.1

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE SERVICE INVOLVEMENT IN STATE AND LOCAL ADOPTION OF MODEL CODES
12:00 noon – 12:50 p.m.
Monroe Room; Washington Hilton
Description: State and local governments are adopting model codes in longer intervals than in the past, and with amendments that weaken codes developed by using a national consensus process. The impact of these amendments creates a less-safe working environment for firefighters, greater losses for the community and, overall greater risk. This seminar will explore strategies for countering this practice and promoting the adoption of model building codes at all levels of government.
Moderator: Jim Tidwell, Tidwell Code Consulting
Panelists: Chief Greg Cade, National Fire Protection Association
Assistant Chief James “Robby” Dawson, Chesterfield (VA) Fire and EMS Department
Jeff Feid, State Farm Insurance
Jeff Terrey, Rasky Baerein Strategic Communications
Robert Neale, International Code Council
CEUs: 0.1

HIGHWAY INCIDENT DANGERS – HOW FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY IMPACTS ROADWAY RESPONDER SAFETY
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Lincoln East; Washington Hilton
Description: Roadways present one of the most dangerous working environments for firefighters. Each year, firefighters are struck and killed or injured at roadway emergencies, while many experience close calls that could have been disasters. Distracted drivers are a serious threat to all emergency responders at roadway incidents. This panel will discuss how federal rulemaking, programs, and research have reduced the risk of injury and death to first responders at roadway incidents and how firefighters needs to become more engaged in adopting and implementing these programs.
Moderator: Steve Austin, Emergency Responder Safety Institute
Panelists: Jim Austrich, Federal Highway Administration
Jack Sullivan, Emergency Responder Safety Institute
Ryan Pietzsch, VFIS
Bill Troup, United States Fire Administration
CEUs: 0.1

A 9-1-1 SYSTEM IN TRANSITION – MAJOR 9-1-1 ISSUES UPDATE
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Monroe Room; Washington Hilton
Description: This seminar will provide an update on the many changes to the nation’s 9-1-1 system as a result of constantly evolving communication technologies. Presenters will provide an overview of efforts to transition from the legacy 9-1-1 system to a fully capable next generation 9-1-1 system, including efforts to improve 9-1-1 location accuracy. They will provide an update on the ability of the nation’s public safety answering points (PSAPs) to receive text-to-911 messages. The presentation will include an overview of the process underway by the National 911 Program Office to establish and implement a $115 million NG9-1-1 grant program as well as a discussion on the intersection of FirstNet and NG9-1-1 systems.
Moderator: Patrick Halley, NG9-1-1 Institute
Panelists: Chief Gary McCarraher, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Trey Forgety, National Emergency Number Association
Don Brittingham, Industry Council on Emergency Response Technologies
CEUs: 0.1

FACING FIRE SERVICE OCCUPATIONAL CANCER CHALLENGES
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Lincoln East; Washington Hilton
Description: Firefighter occupational cancer presents a rapidly evolving set of issues. Fire service organizations are working individually, and as part of a national alliance, to meet these challenges. This session addresses critical elements of their efforts and focuses primarily on progress made most recently through legislation, administration and policy, and through research and collaboration.
Moderator: Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association
Panelists: Chief Matthew Tobia, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Victor Stagnaro, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Jim Brinkley, International Association of Fire Fighters
Jimmy Seavey, National Volunteer Fire Council
CEUs: 0.1

DRIVING CULTURE CHANGE IN THE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Monroe Room; Washington Hilton
Description: This seminar will cover the definition and concept of culture as it relates to the fire service. Much of the session will focus on three important strategies that leaders in fire and emergency services
organizations can leverage to make cultural changes in their organizations. The presenter will blend theory and specific examples into his presentation to illustrate the important elements for bringing about cultural changes that will benefit the workplace.
Presenter: Dr. Brian Brauer, Illinois Fire Service Institute
CEUs: 0.1

FIRE SERVICE-BASED EMS – THE NEXT PHASE OF SERVICE DELIVERY INTEGRATION
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Lincoln East; Washington Hilton
Description: Fire Service-Based EMS is a constantly evolving element of fire department emergency service delivery systems. It is critical that the fire service engage in a full range of pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care issues to effectively represent the needs of Fire Service-Based EMS providers. Seamless emergency services delivery is critical to public safety and most effective when part of an integrated all-hazards model provided by most career and volunteer fire departments. This session is focused on an overview of current EMS related opportunities and challenges facing the fire service. This includes legislation, administration and policy, as well as the safety of firefighters responding to EMS scenes. Leaders from the volunteer and career fire service will find this seminar very informative and helpful.
Moderator: Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association
Panelists: Thomas Breyer, International Association of Fire Fighters
Chief Gary Ludwig, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief Kenneth Willette, National Fire Protection Association
Chief Otto Drozd, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
CEUs: 0.1

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION SUCCESS TIPS
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Monroe Room; Washington Hilton
Description: With over 70% of the United States fire service being comprised of volunteers, effective recruitment and retention is essential for departments nationwide. When fire departments are asked about their major challenges, they often state that recruitment and retention are a struggle. This session will present proven tips that have led to an increase in volunteer staffing. Key topics that will be discussed include leadership, social media, local partnerships, training, policies, media, public relations, unique out-of-the-box ideas, and more.
Moderator: Chief Timothy Wall, International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer & Combination Officers Section
Panelists: Chief Donna Black, Town of Duck (NC) Fire Department
Kelly Ameen, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Monica Willemssen, International Association of Fire Chiefs

CEUs: 0.1

EXCELLENCE IN FIRE SERVICE-BASED EMS
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Lincoln East; Washington Hilton
Description: A presentation by the winners of the 2017 CFSI/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award winners highlighting best practices and outstanding innovations in the delivery of emergency medical services by local fire departments.
Moderator: Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director
Panelists: Lieutenant Jamie K. Baltrotsky, Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service
Chief James Bates, Orange County (FL) Fire Rescue
Acting Battalion Chief Dustin Pierce, Orange County (FL) Fire Rescue
CEUs: 0.1

LIVING WITH WILDLAND FIRE: THE NATIONAL COHESIVE WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY – A NATIONAL EFFORT
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Monroe Room; Washington Hilton
Description: As wildfire burns in all areas of the nation, the National Cohesive Strategy is important to all of us and requires collaboration among stakeholders with different authorities and resources. By providing a national framework, the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management plan offers policy options, risks and consequence decision matrixes combined with evaluation of how these decisions fit into the future wildland fire management strategies. This seminar will present key elements of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (NCWFMS). By attending, participants will understand how this national strategy applies to their local jurisdictions, where to access additional information on the strategy, and learn about community success stories.
Panelists: Dr. Tom Zimmerman, International Association of Wildland Fire
Chief Kathy Clay, Jackson Hole (WY) Fire/EMS Department
CEUs: 0.1

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

CFSI TOWN HALL MEETING: FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monroe Room, Washington Hilton
Description: Firefighting is an inherently dangerous profession. In addition to physical hazards, firefighters often face additional layers of emotional and mental stress. It is critical that all firefighters have access to comprehensive wellness programs that include information, education, and support to assist in dealing with these issues. This town hall meeting will feature an open discussion between attendees and subject matter experts representing several of the nation’s prominent fire service organizations.
Moderator: Steve Austin, International Association of Arson Investigators
Participants: Chief I. David Daniels, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Mike Healy, National Volunteer Fire Council
Pat Morrison, International Association of Fire Fighters
Ron Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation