New Albany Fire Department Deputy Chief, North Haven Volunteer Firefighter, and Mississippi Firefighter’s Association 1st Vice President Mark Whiteside will be representing New Albany, Union County, and our State at our Nation’s Capital, along with other fire service leaders from our State, at the Congressional Fire Services Institute Symposium and Dinner. This is a great honor, and opportunity to stay abreast, and have input for the future of our Emergency Services for New Albany/Union County.
Since 1989, fire service leaders from across the nation have traveled to Washington, DC to attend CFSI’s National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency officials participate in the program, attending seminars, conducting meetings with members of Congress and networking to build relationships. At the conclusion of the event, they assemble together in the Washington Hilton ballroom to hear the highest ranking political leaders in the nation pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.
On April 5-6, 2017, CFSI will once again host the annual gathering of fire service leaders in Washington, DC. The theme of the program is “Forging New Relationships.” You will not find another fire service event that explains how the federal government is addressing the challenges and concerns of our firefighters, emergency services personnel and the fire service industry. Opportunities abound to interact with members of Congress and federal agency officials to discuss both national issues and local concerns. The knowledge acquired will increase the understanding of federal programs and legislation, while emboldening those involved to take a stronger interest in advocating for fire and emergency services on Capitol Hill.
The seminars program is something you can only experience in our nation’s capital. Featuring members of Congress, federal agency officials and national fire service leaders, the program covers a broad array of federal issues – issues being considered by Congress or implemented by federal agencies.
Culminating the two-day event, the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner will feature leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and the Administration who will pay their personal tributes to the men and women of the fire and emergency services. CFSI will extend invitations to the President and Vice President to deliver the keynote address – three presidents and four vice presidents have addressed previous dinners.