Were You With the CFSI May 8 & 9, 2013?

Times aren’t easy in Washington, DC, these days when it comes to maintaining federal support for issues that are critical to the fire service in the United States. For that matter, times are tough across the board for all groups advocating in the...


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• CFSI/IFSTA at OSU Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education to Jim Crawford; former fire marshal and planning chief in Vancouver, WA, and the Vision 20/20 project manager

• CFSI/MedicAlert Foundation Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award to Miami-Dade, FL, Fire Rescue; Montgomery County, MD, Fire & Rescue Services; and Snokomish County, WA, Fire Protection District Number 1

“What can I do?”

This 25th anniversary of the CFSI seminars and dinner was special in many ways. I am often asked by members of the fire service, “What can I do to support the fire service efforts at the national level?” There are many options, but one that is especially obvious and available to anyone in the industry is to participate in the CFSI seminars and dinner each year. The larger and more active the group of attendees, the more clear the message is that the fire service needs and appreciates the support of Congress and the Administration.

Make a commitment to yourself now to be there in 2014. The work of the CFSI and its National Advisory Committee (NAC) is critical to the success of the entire fire service, but they need your help. Therefore, go to their website at www.cfsi.org and learn about the organization and ways to support them. Each day brings different groups of individuals to Washington, DC, to advocate for their agendas. The larger the group, the more Congress is likely to pay attention.

In 2014, make an effort to attend the CFSI program on April 30 and May 1. Your presence can make a difference for your fire department – and for that matter, all the fire departments across our nation.