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Archives for February 2011

Resolution Supporting Firefighter Safety

WHEREAS, each year in the United States the fire service loses approximately one hundred firefighters in the line of duty; and,

WHEREAS, annually in the United States there are over eighty thousand reported injuries to firefighters; and,

WHEREAS, one of the primary goals of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association is to ensure the safety, health, survival, and well being of all North Carolina firefighters; and,

WHEREAS, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety Health and Survival Section, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have developed firefighter safety initiative programs; and,

WHEREAS, these specific programs are the National Volunteer Fire Council B.E.S.T. Program, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety Health and Survival Section Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival, as well as the Incident Commander’s Rules of Engagement, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Sixteen Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives; and,

WHEREAS, through these programs firefighter line of duty deaths and firefighter injuries will decline; and,

WHEREAS, the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association along with other North Carolina fire service organizations and partners will promote these three firefighter safety initiative programs; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association supports the above firefighter safety initiative programs and will promote them by whatever means necessary in an effort to reduce firefighter line of duty deaths and firefighter injuries.

Adopted this 1ST day of September, 2010.

Chief R. Scott Alderman, President

Paul F. Miller, Executive Director

Resolution Supporting Available Technology for the Purpose of Reducing Fire Loss and Personal Injury from Stovetop Cooking Fires

WHEREAS: Cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires and home fire injuries in the United States; and

WHEREAS: Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to cooking fires; and

WHEREAS: Electric ranges are the leading type of cooking equipment involved in these fires; and

WHEREAS: Unattended cooking and combustibles too close to the cooking surface, such as towels, paper products, etc., are major contributing factors to these fires; and

WHEREAS: Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries, these fires accounted for 40% of all reported home structure fires and 36% of home civilian injuries; and

WHEREAS: Education and code enforcement alone have not yielded the desired results when it comes to eliminating cooking fires; and

WHEREAS: Tested affordable technology for electric coil ranges now exists to drastically reduce the number of these fires and burned food incidents by reducing the high end temperature at which burners operate with no appreciable difference in cooking times or quality; and

WHEREAS: High-end heat regulation technology currently available can reduce the amount of energy used by the range by as much as 50%;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association supports this cooking “fire prevention” technology and further supports a modification of state and federal agency regulations to allow for this new fire safety technology to be utilized and will promote it by whatever means necessary in an effort to reduce or eliminate stovetop cooking fires.

Adopted this 18th day of November, 2010


Chief R. Scott Alderman, President

Paul F. Miller, Executive Director

Support Efforts to Adopt Legislation for Fire Sprinkler Systems

February 23, 2011

North Carolina Building Code Council
322 Chapanoke Road
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27603

Dear Council Members:

The Executive Board of Directors for the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association has taken the position supporting efforts across the great state of North Carolina in adopting legislation for fire sprinklers systems.  Our organization represents over 1,300 fire departments and 45,000 plus members who are committed to reducing the loss of life due to fires.

Over a three year period in North Carolina alone, from 2004 through 2006 there were over 19,000 residential fires, 112 civilian deaths and over 600 civilian injuries due to residential fires.  North Carolina suffered 2 firefighter deaths and 281 firefighter injuries while our firefighters were working on the fire scene.  Where do we take a stand and stop the senseless loss of life and property damage?

Sprinklers typically reduce chances of dying in a fire and the average property loss by over one-half, again to those properties without systems.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has no record of a fire killing more than two people in a completely sprinklered public assembly, educational, institutional or residential building where the system was working properly. Through the use of trade-ups, developers and builders can achieve reduced construction costs while providing higher value homes for their customers. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition notes the following – “In the event of a home fire, homeowners can expect financial losses 90% lower than those that occur from fires in un-sprinklered homes.”  Sprinklers are proven to slow the progression of a fire so that occupants would be given more time to escape.  With added protection, fire departments can deploy emergency services resources more effectively by reducing the burden caused by home fires.

On the firefighter side of the equation, The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation developed the 16 Life Safety Initiatives and developed the program “Everyone Goes Home.”  Item number 15 of the initiative states that “Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.” These initiatives only strengthen our commitment for life safety on all fronts.

Our position follows the overall mission of the fire services, “to save lives and protect property.” And in fact, the intent of the North Carolina Building Code is to provide for that very same mission as stated in Section 101.3.  The sprinkler initiatives not only protect the lives of others, but provide an added measure of safety for our responders.  Support us in the fight to “help save lives!”


Wesley D. Hutchins – President

Executive Board of Directors
North Carolina State Firemen’s Association

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Broadway Volunteer Fire Department, Wilkes County

Recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters can be challenging. Family and professional commitments along with challenges of being a firefighter can make it difficult to attract and keep volunteers.

The National Volunteer Fire Council has excellent resources to help your department recruit and retain personnel.

In 2004 the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association was awarded a federal grant for a recruitment campaign. This campaign was headed by Past President Jeff Cash and included a public service announcement (PSA) that was shown on television throughout our state.

The PSA was also sent to all fire department in the state to assist them in their recruiting efforts.

Legislative Day 2011 Set: May 17

NCSFA President Wesley Greene (left) and Executive Director Paul Miller enter the Legislative Building in Raleigh in 2010.

RALEIGH – May 17, 2011 is the date of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Legislative Day.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

It has been said a thousand times but it is so true—legislators want to speak to members they represent.  House and Senate members respond best to those who vote for them.  There are 120 members in the House of Representatives and 50 members in the Senate.

A large number of our members of the General Assembly are new and beginning to learn the process.  This is a most important time to make friends and tell our story.  We need our members from the East, West and Piedmont to attend.

Our goal is to have at least one member from each district in Raleigh on May 17th to meet and greet your House and Senate members.  More details will follow as we better define the events of the day.