31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner

April 24, 2019 – April 25, 2019, All Day

Hilton Washington – 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
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On April 24-25, 2019, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) will host the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington, DC. Once again, the annual tribute to the nation’s fire service is expected to draw over 1,500 fire and emergency services leaders from across the country. They will attend seminars, conduct meetings with their members of Congress and network with their colleagues. At the conclusion of the two-day event, they will assemble together in the Washington Hilton ballroom to hear national political leaders paying tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel. CFSI invites you to participate in this important event.

“The theme of the 2019 program is Exchanging Knowledge to Advance Our Mission,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. “Each generation of fire service officials possesses important knowledge that can shape the future of the fire service profession. What we know about the past and present can help us prepare for future challenges. We want our 2019 program to provide a forum where past, present and future leaders can engage in lively discussions on where we are and where we need to go to make the fire service a safer profession for all who serve.”

Attend these seminars during the National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium

The Continuing Evolution of Fire Service-Based EMS

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 11:00 – 11:50 am
Georgetown West

Moderator: Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association
Panelists: Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, International Association of Fire Fighters/International Public Safety; Data Institute; Steve Austin, Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors; Chief Mary Cameli, Mesa (AZ) Fire and Medical Department
Fire Service-Based EMS policies, regulations, response models, training and other requirements continue to evolve. These critical service delivery systems have become sophisticated in every aspect of management and practice. This session covers recent evolutionary changes in fire service-based EMS in the areas of deployment, response, emergency transportation, and integrated community health care. Panelists will also discuss the ongoing work of the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates.

Using Data to Tell the Story: Fire Department Response Capability and Performance

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Georgetown East

Moderator: Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association
Panelists: Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, International Association of Fire Fighters/International Public Safety Data Institute; Tyler Garner, Prominent Edge LLC
One of the greatest challenges for public safety is measuring its value in a quantifiable manner. The importance of data collection, analysis and reporting cannot be overstated. Data and the information gleaned from it can confirm the need for prevention and public education programs, and optimum emergency response capabilities that include appropriately staffed and deployed apparatus necessary to ensure optimal performance positive outcomes. Fire department leaders and political decision-makers need to understand how fire department resource deployment in their local communities affects response outcomes in three important areas: firefighter injury and death, civilian injury and death, and economic loss. Panel members will offer their insights on the effectiveness of specific data-gathering and analytical systems in addressing these three areas.

The Need for National Response Policies: Increasing Responder and Civilian Safety Through a Like-Minded Approach to Turning Out for Incidents

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:00 – 1:50 pm
Georgetown East

Moderator: Chief John Tippett, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Panelists: M. Kyle Minick, South Carolina State Firefighters Association; Kevin Roche, FACETS Consulting
For over a decade, vehicle-related deaths remain the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities. This statistic and the related short- and long-term human suffering that results have remained relatively static for over a decade. We must do more to address this problem. Panel members will share their knowledge on this issue and offer important steps that every firefighter behind the wheel should take to reduce vehicle-related fatalities in the fire service.

Everyone Goes Home in the Wildland: The NFFF/WFF Effort to Improve Safety in the Wildland and Wildland-Urban Interface Environment

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:00 – 3:50 pm
Georgetown East

Moderator: Chief John Tippett, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Panelists: Rick Best, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; Chief Tom Harbour, International Association of Wildland Fire; Kimberly Lightly, U.S. Forest Service; Robert Madden, Bend (OR) Fire Department
The threat of fire in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is leaving few areas of the country untouched. Thousands of firefighters across the nation have been deployed in recent years to suppress these fires that have destroyed homes and caused significant loss of life. With the number of WUI fires on the rise, a new generation of firefighters will require additional training and knowledge to respond to these fire, while minimizing the threat to their own safety. This seminar will address the scope of the wildland firefighting problem and outline the joint efforts by two organizations, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, to reduce future line-of-duty deaths in wildland fires, appropriately honor a loss when it occurs, and support the families and co-workers after a tragedy.

CFSI Town Hall Meeting: Preventing Occupational Illnesses, Injuries, and Deaths

Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Georgetown Room

Moderator: Chief Ron Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Participants: Dave Corker, International Association of Fire Fighters; Dr. Sara Jahnke, Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research; Chief Todd LeDuc, International Association of Fire Chief’s Association Safety, Health & Survival Section; Chief Kevin D. Quinn, National Volunteer Fire Council
Firefighter health and safety is garnering more attention than at any time in our history. Research continues to show that firefighters face significantly higher risks for cardiovascular disease and cancers than the general population due largely to repeated exposures to heat and toxins, and exertion under extreme conditions. In addition to the physical hazards, firefighters often suffer emotional and mental stress after responding to traumatic situations. Access to comprehensive wellness programs that address both the physical and psychological health issues are critical. Fortunately, the mindset that firefighter deaths and injuries are an “acceptable” part of our calling is no longer an accepted norm. However, without sustainability through appropriate support and resources, we are at risk of losing momentum. This town hall meeting will feature an open discussion between attendees and subject matter experts representing several of the nation’s prominent fire service organizations to address this sustainable need.

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