The Utah Fire Caucus is a non-partisan organization patterned after the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. Like the CFSC, Utah Fire Caucus members are not required to take specific positions on legislation. Rather, they are asked to pledge support in a way that best benefits fire departments within their respective legislative districts.

Each year firefighters come to Salt Lake City from fire departments across the state to touch bases with their legislators at the annual Utah Fire Caucus luncheon.

 

2011 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon Highlights
The Seventh Annual Utah Fire Caucus luncheon on Feburary 14, 2011, drew over 80 legislators. Valentine's Day roses and chocolates were provided to all who attended. Former legislators Jim Gowans and Brent Goodfellow were recognized for their support of the Fire Service during their careers. Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Orem Battalion Chief Layne Pace for his distinguished service as a firefighter and soldier, and his humanitarian work helping Afghan children and orphans through his Afghan Orphan Project organization.
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2010 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon Highlights
This year’s Sixth Annual Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon on March 1, 2010, drew 77 legislators. Co-chairs for 2010 are Sen. Curtis Bramble, Sen. Patricia Jones, Rep. Todd E. Kiser and Rep. Larry Wiley. Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove was recognized by the Fire Caucus for her consistent support for Utah fire service issues. Senator Jones presented Battalion Chief Eldon Farnsworth of the South Salt Lake City Fire Department with the Distinguished Service Award. In addition to his long-time service in various fire service organizations, Chief Farnsworth organized the Firemen and Friends Foundation, which provides a donated shopping trip to Walmart each December for over 100 deserving children.
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2009 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon Highlights
The Fifth Annual Utah Fire Caucus luncheon, held February 23, 2009, drew more than 70 legislators. Fire Caucus Co-Chairs, Sen. Curtis S. Bramble, Sen. Patricia W. Jones, Rep. Todd E. Kiser and Rep. Larry B. Wiley
hosted the event. After opening remarks by Sen. Bramble, Rep. Kiser presented an honorary badge to former Representative Brad King for his
service as Fire Caucus co-chair from 2004-08. Sen. Jones presented an award to Layton City Firefighter John Pettijohn for his extraordinary conduct during a helicopter crash incident in the California Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
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2008 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon Highlights
The Fourth Annual Utah Fire Caucus luncheon on February 4, 2008, at the Utah capitol was attended by about 50 of the state’s legislators. Co-Chairs for 2007 are Sen. Curtis Bramble, Sen. Patricia Jones, Rep. Brad King and Rep. Todd Kiser.
New co-chair Todd Kiser presented an award to former Utah Fire Caucus Co-Chair David Clark. Delta Fire Department firefighters Rick Bublitz, Bruce Curtis and Jared Rawlinson accepted an award from Co-Chair Patricia Jones on behalf of Millard County fire officers and firefighters for their outstanding performance in last summer's massive Milford Flat fire.
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Portraits from the 2008 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon
Downloadable files for those who had portraits taken at the luncheon. To download, copy the picture to your hard drive.
Caution: These file sizes are large and may download slowly
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2007 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon Highlights
The Third Annual Utah Fire Caucus luncheon on January 29, 2007, at the Utah capitol was attended by over 70 of the state’s legislators. Co-Chairs for 2007 are Senator Curtis Bramble, Representative David Clark, Senator Patricia Jones and Representative Brad King.
Awards were presented to former Utah Fire Caucus Co-Chair Patrice Arent and to Senator and Utah AFL-CIO President Ed Mayne for his dedicated service to Utah firefighters over the years. Co-chair Brad King presented an award to Salt Lake City Battalion Chief Reinhard Kauffmann and son, Salt Lake City firefighter Jeff Kauffmann, for working together to rescue several firefighters who had been overcome at a 2006 haz-mat incident.
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2006 Utah Fire Caucus Luncheon Highlights
The Second Annual Utah Fire Caucus luncheon on January 30, 2006, at the Utah capitol was attended by about 70 of the state’s legislators.
Awards were presented to the four co-chairs of the non-partisan Utah Fire Caucus, Senator Patrice Arent, Senator Curtis Bramble, Representative David Clark and Representative Brad King. Mitch King of Salt Lake County I.A.F.F. Local 1696 received an award for his dedication each year to Camp Nah-Nah-Mah, a camp for young burn victims sponsored by the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah. Representative Joseph Murray received an award for his dedication to the fire service over years as a firefighter, fire chief and state legislator.
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