National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars To Focus on Nation’s Security

Washington, DC – The Congressional Fire Services Institute announced “Securing Our Homeland” as the theme of the 15th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 30, at the Washington Hilton and Towers. Approximately 2,000 leaders from the fire and emergency services are expected to attend this annual event to engage in discussions with leading members of Congress and Administration officials and to honor the contributions of our nation’s first responders.

As Congress and the Administration begin to lay the groundwork for the new Department of Homeland Security, it is imperative for the fire service to stay apprised of — as well as participate in — the process. Throughout the day, CFSI will host a series of workshops featuring Administration officials who will play a major role in new department. They will discuss the transfer of power from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the new Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, and funding programs addressing terrorism training and response.

In addition, CFSI will offer workshops to help fire officials understand the legislative process, featuring government affairs representatives from the major fire service organizations. The schedule of events is designed to provide an insider’s perspective on how federal fire service policies are developed and implemented, and to educate participants on how they can contribute to the process.

The culmination of this experience is the Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner that will bring together leaders from both the Congress and Administration to pay tribute to our nation’s fire and emergency services. The list of previous keynote speakers reads like a Who’s Who in American Politics. Last year, President George W. Bush addressed an audience of 2,000 fire service officials, making him the third President to have attended the event. This year, invitations will be extended to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary-Designee of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, and the leadership of Congress.

Registration material is available on the CFSI Web site at www.cfsi.org. For hotel reservations, contact the Washington Hilton and Towers at 202-483-3000. Call CFSI at 202-371-1277 with additional questions.

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