What can the Fire Service Expect from D.C. in 2011?

As of September 2010, the federal debt was $13,433,710,591,905, give or take a few dollars. To erase the debt, every American would have to cut a check for $43,468 -- from every newborn in hospital nurseries to every senior rounding the final corner of...

President Ronald Reagan once quipped, "Government programs, once launched, never disappear." That might change starting next year. Let's just make sure ours don't.

BILL WEBB, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). Established in 1989, CFSI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to enhance Congressional awareness about the concerns and needs of the fire and emergency services. In his capacity, Bill works closely with members of Congress and fire service leaders on developing federal legislation to improve the readiness of our nation's fire and emergency services. Previously, he served in the first Bush Administration as Director of Advance at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, traveling across the country and abroad organizing events for the Secretaries.