Fire Chiefs Encouraged to Meet with Legislators at CFSI Dinner and at April 17 Home Day Events

Fairfax, VA – On April 6, 2006 the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) will host the 18th annual National Fire & Emergency Services Dinner at the Washington Hilton and Towers in Washington, D.C. The IAFC encourages all fire chiefs to come to Washington, D.C. to discuss fire service priorities with their members of Congress and participate in the CFSI events and dinner.

In order to better prepare our members and other interested parties, the IAFC will host a session on important legislative issues in the State Room of the Washington Hilton at 5:15 p.m. on April 5, the night before the dinner.

This CFSI dinner provides an excellent opportunity for IAFC members to meet with their representatives in Congress to discuss fire service priorities. In order to assist in preparing for these meetings, we recommend that all attendees take advantage of the IAFC’s Legislative Action Alert. These materials include a “Hot Sheet,” which highlights those issues that are the highest priority for the IAFC and the nation’s fire service:

  • Funding for the FIRE Act and SAFER;
  • Funding for the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy;
  • Tax Incentives for Retrofit of Fire Sprinkler Systems;
  • Job protection for volunteer firefighters and EMS.

The Hot Sheet is available on the Government Relations page on the IAFC’s Web site, http://www.iafc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=23. It contains suggested talking points on these priorities. In addition, IAFC members will have access to a more detailed “Issues Update” that provides comprehensive background information and legislative strategy for several important issues.

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