|| Every Day Is Home Day Illinois
FAMA/FEMSA members from Illinois hosted their Second Annual Fire Service Home Day on September 6, 2007. Over 100 people were in attendance including Chiefs from approximately 50 departments, 23 State and Federal Congressmen and their staffers, and 21 representatives from FAMA/FEMSA companies including Darley, Federal Signal, Emergency One, Fire Chief Magazine, Groves, and Paratech. The Home Day included key speakers on State Legislative issues in the morning and Federal Legislative issues following lunch in the afternoon. The keynote was Speaker Sean Carroll, Director of Government Affairs, for the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Sean brought members up to date on the CFSI’s role in Washington, and discussed the status of the budget discussions on the FIRE and SAFER Acts. He also discussed other legislative issues effecting our member companies and the fire service. He was warmly received by all. Following the meeting, Sean met with Illinois State Representative Don L. Moffitt, who Chairs the Illinois Fire Service Caucus. Representative Moffitt and Sean Carroll discussed how the State of Illinois is a role model for other State Fire Caucus’, and how the two organizations could continue to work together in the future.
On August 29, 2007, Pierce Manufacturing had the privilege of hosting Home Day. Home Day is a FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Affairs Committee sponsored event to build awareness of American firefighters and rally support for this country’s first responders. Helping us host this event were association member companies Oshkosh Truck, Class 1 and United Plastic Fabricating. In attendance were; Marlene Mielke and Brian Heindel representing Senator Kohl, Bob Schweder, representing Senator Feingold, David Anderson, representing Congressman Petri, and Amanda Dietrich representing Congressman Kagen. Also in attendance were Tim Kiefer from Oshkosh Truck Airport Division, Martin Ettledorf from UPF, John Woltman and Rod Riska from Class 1. We are very pleased with the outcome and success of this event. Many questions and discussions arose from the brief presentation given, as well from the partners present who also supply their products to firefighters and first responders. We were able to give them a bigger picture of the need to support each fire department and emergency service office in a unique and factual manner. The feedback from those in attendance was all very positive and forward looking on any services they can provide. Home Day closed with an award presented to each office, as a token of appreciation for all their support in the past, and thanking them in advance for their efforts in the future. We look forward to more involvement with the FAMA/FEMSA GAC in any way that lends more support to these very important causes. ■
|| National Fallen Fireﬁghters Memorial Weekend
An evening Candlelight Service at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will conclude the day. On Sunday, honor guard units and bagpipers will open the Memorial Service with a procession honoring America’s bravest and their families. The national tribute will conclude with the unveiling of plaques listing the names of the 2006 fallen heroes and others being honored who died in previous years. Show your respect by sponsoring special events in your community. Ask your local cable company to make the nationally-broadcast services available so all may share in honoring America’s bravest. ■
ince 1982, a grateful Nation has honored its fallen fire heroes during the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend held in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This year’s Memorial Weekend events will take place October 5–7, 2007. Families of fallen firefighters being honored this year and returning survivors will register at their hotels and attend a welcome reception on Friday evening. Survivors of the fallen firefighters will participate in Family Day activities on Saturday on the National Fire Academy campus in Emmitsburg.
FAMA Flyer Fall 2007