Posted by mlutjen | General
Friday, May 13th, 2016 9:05 am


On May 4th and 5th, 2016, The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) hosted the 28th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington D.C. Approximately 1500 leading fire service members and chiefs from across the US attended the symposium to meet with congressional leaders to address key issues in the fire service, including funding, occupational health and safety, and legislative issues. Members of FEMSA and FEMA were also on hand for the discussion.

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vasick was the keynote speaker for the symposium. Vasick was presented with a custom, white American Heritage™ leather fire helmet courtesy of LION and Paul Conway Shields. Thanks to the LION Helmet Manufacturing Facility for providing the helmet and shield on a quick turnaround for the presentation.

LION’s John Granby, Mark Smith, Dennis Magill, Wayne Dora and Gary Garner were on hand with former Philadelphia Fire Chief, Henry Costo Wednesday night as LION, along with DuPont and Arson Investigators, hosted a fire service barbecue with over 250 attendees.

Additionally, on Thursday, Smith and Costo met with Ohio legislators and Granby met with Senior Appropriators and staff members for the House Committee for Domestic preparedness, and closed the events Friday by attending the Steering Committee Meeting.

For more information about CFSI, visit their website,

For more information about LION’s role in these event’s contact John Granby at

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