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Gastonia fire chief overseeing state firemen’s association

 

Chief Phil Welch, Gastonia Fire Department

 

Michael Barrett
To some people, becoming the president of an organization means you’re finally able to kick up your heels and let the underlings do the dirty work.

A longtime colleague of Gastonia Fire Chief Phillip Welch Jr., the newly appointed president of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association, said that’s the last thing that will happen in this case.

“Phil is a great individual and very dedicated. He’s very well prepared because of all the years he’s served on the board,” said Paul Miller, the 22-year executive director of the NCSFA. “He’s been involved in a number of major decisions that have had a huge impact on our members over the years.”

A Gastonia native, Welch was 19 years old when he began his full-time career with the Gastonia Fire Department in 1980. He achieved his “dream job” of becoming the agency’s 18th fire chief in 2009. And this month, he was the first Gastonia firefighter in the department’s 108-year history to be designated the NCSFA’s president.

“I’ve been blessed to live out my dream,” he said this week, after being honored by the Gastonia City Council with a proclamation Tuesday.

The NCSFA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year as the lead organization for firefighters across the state. It provides insurance and benefits for its approximately 48,000 individual members, advocates on their behalf and lobbies in Raleigh for legislation that enhances fire safety.

“We work very closely to support any fire safety-related issues that are out there,” Welch said.

Welch began his service on the NCSFA’s state board as the statistician, compiling all data about statewide firefighter injuries and fatalities, and held that position nine years. For the last seven years, he has advanced through the ranks as a high-level director on the board.

Welch said his 16 years with the organization have given him a unique insight into its core values and mission.

“I’ve been one of the very fortunate people to have had many years on the board,” he said. “It’s quite a process.”

His term as president will now last one year.

 

Long list of accolades

Welch’s entire NCSFA service has come while he maintained full-time positions here in Gaston County. His list of professional achievements is extensive, and includes numerous fire service degrees.

He is a 2004 Executive Fire Officer graduate of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. And he received the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Welch started out as an unpaid 18-year-old with the Union Road Volunteer Fire Department, and later served as its fire chief for several years. After joining Gastonia, he left in 1991 to become the first director of Gaston College’s newly constructed Regional Emergency Services Training Center.

Before leaving that year, he told then-Gastonia Fire Chief Bob Murray that he hoped to one day return and fill Murray’s seat. It was a dream he would realize 18 years later.

Murray, a past president of the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs, described Welch as a “super leader” who he hated to lose in 1991. But it was for the best, he said.

“I give him credit for making the college program what it is,” he said. “It’s one of the best in the state, if not the best anywhere.”

Murray said he has no doubt Welch’s service as NCSFA president will pay dividends for North Carolina, not to mention Gastonia.

“I’m very proud of him,” Murray  said. “He’ll do a super job.”

You can reach Michael Barrett at 704-869-1826 or twitter.com/GazetteMike.

 

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Relief Fund Reports Due October 31 – New Procedures in Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Firemen’s Relief Fund Report has received a facelift.  The reports are still due on October 31, but now your forms are submitted electronically.  In order to submit your form, you must log into you account then complete the form and submit it online.  There is one other new requirement this year, each department is required to submit the year’s bank statements for the relief fund account to NCSFA.

Earlier this year each relief fund treasurer was sent a certified letter containing this information along with a logon and password that is unique to each relief fund treasurer.  If your treasurer did not recieve this letter or you have questions about the new relief fund report procedures please email Ed, ed@ncsfa.com, or call 800-253-4733.

NCSFA Annual Legislative Day Success June 6, 2012

 

 

Raleigh – On June 6, 2012 a group of firefighters from all across North Carolina converged upon the NC Legislature for the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association’s Annual Legislative Day.

 They visited house and senate members, as well as sat in on the vote for an important bill.  Having so many participants really makes a great impact and shows support for the issues that are so important to the fire service in North Carolina.

Thank you to all who attended.  We could not do this without you!

Stay tuned for more photos and updates on our legislative agenda.

Online Registration Now Open for 2012 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo – Win an iPad!

Online Attendee registration for Fire Chiefs and Firefighters is now open.

The one thing you can do this year to make yourself a better firefighter: attend the South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo.

Click here to register now.

Click here to see an interactive view of the 2011 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo.

This year the NCSFA celebrates is 125th Anniversary. Founded in 1887, the Association continues to positively impact its members daily. Many special events are planned for this year, so don’t miss out!

This year we’ll be giving away an iPad (3)! Register at the conference to win. The winner will be drawn at random and the tablet presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th on the Expo floor at the NCSFA booth. You must be present to win.

Chief Edward P. Brinson Named Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association

Chief Edward P. Brinson has been selected to serve as the Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  Chief Brinson is known to many of you and currently serves as the Chief of the Fairview Rural Fire Department located at 4501 Ten-Ten Road in Apex, NC.  Ed earned an AAS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science Management, and a Masters Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership and has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program.  Ed has numerous fire certifications and experience in volunteer, career and combination fire departments.  Ed also has experience working in private industry.  His broad range of work experience and education will be an asset to the NCSFA.

Ed has been involved with the fire service at the local, regional and state levels over the years.  He served as President of the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation from 2004-2007.  He is a member of many national and international fire service organizations.  Ed is a strong supporter of the fire service.  When asked why he sought this position, Ed was quick to say that he wanted to help firefighters and the fire service on a larger stage.  Ed most certainly has the ability to do that.

Ed is married to Rosa Lee Brinson.  They have been married for 32 years.  They have a son Brian and a daughter Leslie.  Ed will begin work with the NCSFA on May 14th.  We are happy to have Ed join our staff and look forward to many years of leadership from Ed.