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2012 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo – August 8-11, 2012

Mark your calendars for the 2012 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo held at the Raleigh Convention Center August 8-11, 2012.

In 2012 we will be celebrating the 125th Annual Conference for the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. The theme for that year’s annual conference and expo is “Make a Difference”. Mark your calendars for August 8 – 11, 2012 and join us in Raleigh for our celebration of this milestone. By attending the conference and expo you can help us continue to make a difference in the fire service in North Carolina for hopefully another 125 years.

Need reasons to attend?  How about …

  1. More than 150,000 square feet of vendor space filled with fire apparatus and other fire service related items.
  2. Nearly 30 workshops and “hands on training” opportunities to further your knowledge of the fire service.
  3. An opportunity to pay respects to the fallen firefighters at the annual Firefighter Memorial & Candlelight Services.
  4. A fire truck parade with modern and antique trucks from all across North Carolina.
  5. An opportunity to network and fellowship with 3,000 fire and rescue workers from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and many other states – even other countries!

Want to see what you missed in 2011?  Have a peek at this,!

Stay tuned for more information on keynote announcements, workshop listings, and vendor information for the 2012 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo.

Questions? Contact Kris Wyatt, Marketing & Conference Manager, at or 800.253.4733.


First Responders Service Team Charities

First Responders Service Team Charities is a non-profit that is supported by the North Carolina Society of Fire Rescue Instructors. The purpose for FRST Charities is to raise money to assist burn victims and their families with aftercare services provided by the UNC – NC Jaycee Burn Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center. The monies will be earmarked for aftercare services such as temporary housing if needed, medication and bandages, and counseling for the victims and family members amongst other needs.
Another agency that will be supported by our efforts will be the North Carolina Fallen Fighters Fund. We feel it is important to show the families of our fallen heroes that someone will be there for them in their time of need like the fallen had been there for other families during their time of need. It is important for us to remember that fire fighters put their lives at risk for us on a daily basis and this is our way of showing our support to their families.

To find out more and to help support this cause, please visit

Thankful for Commitment

This will be my last blog post as NCSFA President. Next week, at the 2011 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo the gavel will be passed on to Eastern representative Bill Jones, Chief of Lower Currituck FD. This years Expo theme is “Commitment.” This past year, during my term as President, I have been amazed by the commitment displayed by NCSFA staff, executive board and other state and regional agencies/associations. There are so many that care deeply about the firefighters of this great state and are committed to bettering the fire service. Its been an honor and privilege to serve with these fine folks. I truly wish Chief Jones the very best in the upcoming year and may god watch over each and every member of our great association.

Yours in service,
R. Scott Alderman

Thoughts and Prayers

On behalf of the executive board and staff of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association our thoughts and prayers are with the families and firefighters of Asheville Fire Department.

Piney Grove Firefighter’s Legacy Lives On

Kernersville, NC – Matthew McAlexander, a 19 y/o volunteer firefighter with the Piney Grove Volunteer Fire Department, in Forsyth County, passed away Tuesday morning as the result of being critically injured in a boating accident during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Tragically, Matthew’s step brother, Joshua Rowley, 12 y/o, was also killed in the same accident.

Local news media has been covering this story since word spread thru the community about the accident. This evening a local news station ran a story regarding Matthew’s service to the community and his choice of being an organ donor. Click here to view the story. Matthew, affectionally nicknamed “Smallbury” by the Piney Grove firefighters, made a decision that most young people do not think much about or consider. His compassion and willingness to help others is evident thru his service as a volunteer firefighter and his decision to be an organ donor.

On behalf of the staff and board of directors of the NCSFA, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rowley Family and the members of the Piney Grove Fire Department. I pray God reaches out to you and helps you thru this difficult time.