National Fire And Emergency Services Dinner To Be Held May 5, 2004

The 16th Annual Fire and Emergency Services Dinner will be held on May 5, 2004. Once again the dinner will be held at the Hilton Washington and Towers. This year’s theme is “Preparing for the Alarm.” Throughout the day workshops will be held on Capitol Hill covering many of the important issues currently facing our nation’s fire services.

CFSI has begun accepting applications for the CFSI/Motorola Mason Lankford Fire Leadership Award, which will be presented at this year’s dinner. The deadline for submitting applications for the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award is April 5, 2004. The award is presented annually at the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner to a fire service leader who personifies the ideals of the late-Mason Lankford in advancing fire service issues at all levels of government.

Mason Lankford, Jr. devoted much of his life to the fire service. A native of Texas, Lankford served in various capacities, including Tarrant County (TX) Fire Marshal. When Congressman Curt Weldon (PA), founder of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, sought Congressional support for fire/emergency issues, Mason recruited the Texas delegation, including House Speaker Jim Wright, who was a pivotal player in the successful launch of the Fire Caucus. The Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award, jointly sponsored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Motorola, exemplifies the work of Mason Lankford.

For more information on the Mason Lankford Award, the workshops, or to register for the dinner, visit

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