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  • CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS BY ATTENDING THE 26th ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM Read more here...

  • NFPA PRESIDENT JAMES M. SHANNON TO Be Honored at 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services DinneR Recipient of 2014 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award Read more here...

  • SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES FIRE SERVICE SAFETY LEADERSHIP AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO THREE ORGANIZATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS TO IMPROVE FIREFIGHTER HEALTH AND SAFETY Read more here...

  • FIRE-RESCUE MED: ANOTHER REASON TO ATTEND THE 26TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DINNER AND SEMINARS PROGRAM Read more here...

  • CFSI TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL FIRE PARTNERS SHOWCASE Read more here...

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"....to educate Members of Congress about fire and life safety issues."

Whether you are a firefighter, emergency services responder, manufacturer or fire service leader, the United States Congress is more aware of your concerns because of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). Established in 1989 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, CFSI is designed to educate members of Congress about the needs and challenges of our nation's fire and emergency services so that the federal government provides the types of training and funding needed by our first responders.


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CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS: It Can Make a Difference on Capitol Hill

Bill Webb
Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

Prior to a becoming Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1995, I once served as a special assistant to three cabinet secretaries at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. As part of my job, I traveled with the secretaries to events across the country facilitating arrangements for their presentations. I learned a great deal from these experiences -- first and foremost that there is a distinct difference between business and vacation travel. For example, on one trip I traveled from North Carolina to Hawaii. We spent two days in Honolulu and never stepped foot onto the beach, but instead, we worked in offices overlooking what looked like very inviting ocean waters. And my wife wonders why I have no desire to return.

The second thing I learned from these experiences is to always incorporate one or two consistent messages in every speech. Former Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin, one of the most politically savvy individuals I had ever met, always took advantage of every speaking opportunity to talk about the glass ceiling – a term to describe a gender barrier that prevented women from greater leadership opportunities in corporate America and other parts of our society. It became her mantra. And as a result, she was able to create greater awareness throughout corporate America about this gender inequity.

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THE SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT: Worth a Pound of Cure

Bill Webb
Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Many of you know that Benjamin Franklin coined that phrase. It has become an adage in the fire service, one that I like to use myself when speaking on the issue of prevention and mitigation.

Now, Congress has an opportunity to make Mr. Franklin proud -- to do something that has the potential of saving billions of federal dollars and, more importantly, human lives. But it is going to require some pushing and prodding from public safety and other stakeholders to convince Congress to take the required action.

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ARTHUR J. GLATFELTER - Our Leader, Our Friend - Leaves Behind An Incredible Legacy. We Mourn His Loss and Bid Him a Peaceful Journey.

Art Glatfelter with Congressman Curt Weldon, Vice President Al Gore, Congressman Steny Hoyer and Senator Paul Sarbanes. 1993

The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors and staff extend their thoughts and prayers to the family of Art Glatfelter who passed away in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania on February 14, 2013.

Widely respected by both fire service leaders and congressional leaders, Art recognized the importance of establishing an organization that could unite the fire service around a common agenda when the idea was first broached by Art’s friend, Congressman Curt Weldon in 1989. An original member of the CFSI Board of Directors, Art remained an active member until stepping down in 2008. While contributions to CFSI and the many organizations and causes that benefited from his altruism cannot be quantified, his legacy has left an indelible mark on our organization and so many others.

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Preparing America's Fire & Emergency Services for the Next Call


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SEQUESTRATION: A Term Once Foreign to Many Is Now the Name Du Jour in Washington, DC

In 2011, Congress was at an impasse on raising the debt ceiling. In a move that many members of Congress now regret, they approved the Budget Control Act of 2011 which granted authority to raise the ceiling as long as Congress could agree on a concomitant level of cuts. The task fell on a Super Committee -- a 12-member panel -- to recommend $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over the next ten years. If the Committee failed (which it did), the legislation would trigger sequestration, an across the board cut to virtually every discretionary federal program. Congress had until the end of 2012 to act.

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Consensus is the Key to Our Success

"Legislation has been put on the fast track." That's not a term Congress often uses anymore. These days with partisan politics deeply imbedded in our political systems, it's a small wonder that the wheels of government continue to spin.

We all know that Congress and the Obama Administration are being consumed by issues of monumental significance - the recession, health care legislation, the H1N1 epidemic and the war in Afghanistan. I certainly can't recall during my lifetime when so many issues of major consequence faced our nation. It is an extraordinary time to be working in Washington, DC and seeing how our elected leaders are navigating their ways through these turbulent waters.

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