President Bush Supports First Responders at National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

  "I'm honored to be your President and I'm honored to be a proud backer of the Crawford, Texas Volunteer Fire Department." With that opening, President George W. Bush got a standing ovation speaking to the 14th Annual National Fire and Emergency...


The CFSI Fire Service Organization of the Year Award was given to the Fire Department of the City of New York. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in announcing the award said, "Who will ever forget the actions of the New York fire and rescue personnel at the World Trade Center. Their selfless response to that horrendous act of terrorism will forever, forever be imprinted on the minds and hearts of all Americans and indeed all who watched throughout the world. Despite the overwhelming sadness, these firefighters and this organization showed us all on that day what is good and what is right about our society." "They didn't ask, they served. They didn't talk, they acted."

The CFSI Legislator of the Year Award was given to Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. The award is given to those who make outstanding contributions to the nations fire and emergency services. Byrd was credited with raising the amount of money available in this year's FIRE Act Grant program by $210 million.

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) thanked all who support CFSI and the dinner attendees. "Heroes of America, Heroes of America, we all thank you. We cannot thank you enough. There are no words eloquent enough to thank you for protecting our nation. But we offer our prayers for your health, for your safety and for your families."

CFSI presented a day of workshops and seminars at no cost to dinner attendees, all on Capitol Hill.

September 11th Seminar: Lessons learned in command and control of large-scale incidents. Invited speakers include representatives from FDNY and Arlington County, VA.

Federal Grant Writing: Your department is interested in applying for a federal grant but it is inexperienced in writing a grant application. Featuring professional grant writers, this seminar will explore things your department needs to know about the grant writing process.

Federal Government and Homeland Defense: Learn about recent developments in the federal government's role in homeland defense, including potential new funding.

FEMA/USFA Roundtable: Visit with members of the Bush Administration who carry the torch for the fire and emergency services at the federal level. Learn about the Administration's fire service agenda including the mission of USFA.

EMS Issues in Washington: EMS leaders will present information on EMS issues and legislation on Capitol Hill and the administration.

Federal Excess and Surplus Property: Your department needs to replace a brush truck or acquire a tanker, but cannot afford to purchase a new one. So consider acquiring such items through federal surplus and excess property programs. Federal and state officials will discuss how you can take advantage of the surplus and excess programs to upgrade the equipment in your department.

FIRE Grant Program Panel Discussion (FY2003 and Beyond): USFA officials and national fire service leaders will be on hand to discuss recent developments in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, and an outlook for the future.

Firefighting Communications & Prototype Demonstration: Motorola has worked with the fire community over the last year to collect input on the unique and critical needs of fireground communications. In this session, company representatives will introduce a product concept designed to improve in-building communications and accountability, and will also address other key needs. In addition, they will demonstrate a prototype of the accountability solution, and will ask participants for their feedback. Marketing, engineering and spectrum professionals will be available to answer questions.