A Great Few Days in Washington, DC

  Each year, a very diverse group of fire service leaders gathers in Washington, DC, to pay special attention to the political aspects of moving the fire service forward and supporting the nation's firefighters. This year was no exception, but it was...


  Each year, a very diverse group of fire service leaders gathers in Washington, DC, to pay special attention to the political aspects of moving the fire service forward and supporting the nation's firefighters. This year was no exception, but it was special. The Congressional Fire Services...


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The CFSI National Advisory Committee (NAC) conducted its spring business meeting on the morning of April 8. This meeting brought together the leaders of more than 45 NAC member organizations to discuss current issues and participate in several important presentations and discussions.

Each year, the CFSI offers a quality opportunity for people from the fire service to attend an exceptional series of events geared towards making the fire service more effective. Educational opportunities, networking opportunities and a fantastic dinner event filled the three days, but the question is, where were you April 6 through 8?

To be informed (and perhaps involved) in major national fire service issues, leaders must go where opportunities to do so present themselves. One of the best places to do that is the annual CFSI Seminars and Dinner Event. Where do you plan to be May 2–4, 2012? I suggest you strongly consider Washington, DC. That will give you the chance to take advantage of next year's CFSI-sponsored opportunity to learn, network and be involved in a process that is critical to the success of the American fire service, politically and otherwise. To be involved you must be present, so I hope to see you there.

DENNIS COMPTON, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a well-known speaker and the author of several books, including his new Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts and Tools. He has also authored the When in Doubt, Lead! series and Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers. Compton was the fire chief in Mesa, AZ, for five years and as assistant fire chief in Phoenix, AZ, where he served for 27 years. Compton is past chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and past chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Committee. He is currently chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of Safe Kids Worldwide.