(December 14, 2016) – On April 5-6, 2017, the Congressional Fire Services Institute will host the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington, DC. The theme of the program is “Forging New Relationships.” Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session that week, giving fire service leaders an opportunity to meet with their members of Congress and encourage them to support federal programs and legislation that benefit our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel. If you are concerned about continued federal support for fire service programs you should attend this program.
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Since 1989, approximately 2,000 fire service leaders from across the nation have traveled to Washington, DC to attend this annual gathering. When not visiting with their elected leaders, participants attend symposiums and network with their peers. At the conclusion of the event, they assemble together in the historic Washington Hilton’s ballroom to hear the highest ranking political leaders in the nation pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.
You will not find another fire service event that explains how the federal government is addressing the challenges and concerns of our firefighters, emergency services personnel and the fire service industry. Opportunities abound to interact with members of Congress and federal agency officials to discuss both national issues and local concerns. The knowledge you will acquire will increase your understanding of federal programs and legislation, while emboldening you to take a stronger interest in advocating for fire and emergency services on Capitol Hill.
The seminars program is something you can only experience in our nation’s capital. Featuring federal officials and national fire service leaders, the program covers a broad array of issues – issues being considered by Congress or implemented by federal agencies. Your registration fee will allow you full access to the seminars program and the awards dinner. In addition, many of the seminars are eligible for CEU credits.
Culminating the two-day event, the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner will feature leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and the Administration officials who will pay their personal tributes to the men and women of the fire and emergency services. CFSI will extend invitations to the President and Vice President to deliver the keynote address. (Three presidents and four vice presidents have addressed previous dinners.) And the program will include four award presentations for individual and organizational leadership in advancing the readiness and response capabilities of our nation’s fire and emergency services.
For more information on the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner, or to register for the event, please visit www.cfsi.org. We look forward to seeing you in April!