One of the highlights of the year for the fire services community was the recent Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars in Washington, D.C. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the event, and I was pleased to welcome fire service leaders and congressional officials to our predinner reception, where we had an opportunity to discuss fire programs with officials and our first responders.
ISO staff members attended several of the informative CFSI seminars, including:
- Public Safety Communications: The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), moderated by Giff Swayne, CFSI Board of Directors, and Chief Jeff Johnson, International Association of Fire Chiefs/FirstNet Board
- The Changing Severity of Home Fires, moderated by Jim Dalton, National Fire Sprinkler Association, with panelists Steve Kerber, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and Dan Madrzykowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pictured at the conference (from left): Thomas L. LaBelle, executive director, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs; Butch Cobb, national director, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation; Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendant, National Fire Academy; Bill Raichle, president, Verisk Insurance Solutions – Commercial Property; and Bob Andrews, vice president, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee meeting took place during the event, and ISO’s representatives on the committee, Butch Cobb and Skip Gibson, participated in discussions about issues affecting the national fire service. I’m proud to say that ISO continues to play an important and active role in the marketplace of ideas at forums such as this.