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Archives for April 2011

Congressional Fire Service Institute 2011

Members from the North Carolina fire service gathered in Washington, DC last week for the annual Congressional Fire Services Dinner. During the stay in Washington the group visited with all of the North Carolina congressional delegation and updated them on issues of interest to the fire service in our state. The meetings went very well and the delegation from North Carolina was well received. It is important that we make this effort each year to personally visit with our members of Congress. Congress deals with thousands of issues each session, and the old adage is true – the squeaky wheel gets the grease. We need funding and reauthorization for SAFER and the AFG Grants. We need funding for the Fire Academy as well as support for other issues, many of which have no funding requirements. If we do not go to the “Hill” on a regular basis and present our issues our business will get lost in the shuffle. Thank you to everyone who attended and for your efforts on behalf of all firefighters in this state and nation. You did a wonderful job and represented us well.

Cherryville Fire Department

Cherryville Fire Department

Cherryville Fire Department

Fire Chief
Jeffery C. Cash

Cherryville Fire Department
411 E. Church St., Cherryville, NC 28021

Type of Department
Combination

Number of members
44

Number of Stations
1

Year department was established
1909

County or counties your is district located
Gaston

Services offered
Suppression, EMT, Haz-mat Ops, ERT

Annual call volume
1400

What challenges does your department face?
Minimum staffing during daytime hours.

N.C. Fire Services heading to Washington D.C.

Raleigh, NC – Tuesday, fire service representatives from across North Carolina will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the 23rd annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars. In conjunction with the seminars, N.C. fire service attendees will be meeting with each member from the N.C. congressional delegation on Wednesday, April 6. The purpose of these meetings is to carry a common voice from the N.C. fire services to our delegation on national fire and emergency services issues. Funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants will be top priority. I have attached the legislative handout outlining all the issues that will be discussed at these meetings. I ask that all N.C. fire service personnel look over the attached legislative handout and monitor these issues.

This week is going to be an interesting week in Washington D.C. as congress tries to approve an operating budget or face a government shutdown. Our N.C. fire service representatives will be in D.C. during a challenging time and it is very important that we follow up on the issues outlined in the legislative handout, after this week, to help move them forward. If you have any questions about the items in the legislative handout or how you can help contact and discuss them with your congressional representative please contact the NCSFA office. Take care and be safe!

Click image to view legislative handout