"....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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The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium / 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner
"The Future Depends on Informed Leaders"
April 15-16, 2015
|CFSI Board member Lou Amabili and Vice President Joe Biden|
Since 1989, fire service leaders from across the nation have traveled to Washington, DC to attend CFSI's National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency officials participate in the program, attending seminars, conducting meetings with members of Congress, and networking with peers to build relationships. At the conclusion of the event, they assemble together in the ballroom of the historic Washington Hilton 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. Read More.
THE SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT: Worth a Pound of Cure
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.