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    • 2016 - May 4-5
    • 2017 - April 5-6
    • 2018 - April 18-19

" 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.

To learn about our mission on Capitol Hill please click here.

The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium / 28th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

"Making a Difference at the National Level"

May 4-5, 2016
Washington, DC

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 annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner program. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency services officials participate in the program, attending seminars and meetings involving federal agency officials and members of Congress. They schedule meetings with their peers to exchange information about emerging issues for both fire service personnel and the industry. And at the conclusion of the two-day program, they assemble together in the Washington Hilton Ballroom to hear congressional leaders and administration officials pay tribute to our nation's one million firefighters and emergency services personnel. Read More.


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.


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