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Thursday November 23, 2017

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,, 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.

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.

North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Retirement Plan

Since 1998 the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association has been petitioning the IRS to allow career firefighters employed by non-profit fire departments access to the local government retirement system.  It was obvious the effort would not be successful so the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association decided to create their own retirement program.  Work on the system began about 18 months ago and is now coming to fruition.  We began signing-up fire departments on January 2, 2012.  Each eligible department will be allowed to design their program to suit the needs of the fire department and the participants.  We know we have created a fantastic plan, and it is a plan that will benefit the members.  That always has been our goal.  For information on the plan and to receive help signing-up please contact Deborah Phillips with Heritage Pension Services at 336-777-3615 or  Deborah and the staff at Heritage will work with you and answer all your questions. 

See the Memorandum below for additional information on the plan.




To:  All Departments Participating in the NCSFA 401(k) Plan


Date:  December 5, 2011

The North Carolina State Firemen’s Association provides  a 401(k) retirement plan form that may be adopted by the  not for profit (non-governmental) fire departments which employ paid full time and\or part time firefighters.  This plan has been in place since January 1, 1998.  Many changes and improvements in retirement plans have occurred over the years and the NCSFA felt compelled to explore the newer products available today.  As a result of that investigation the NCSFA made a decision to change the plan currently offered. 

 This new plan will also be for non-governmental fire departments that employ full time and part time firefighters.  This will be a multiple employer plan that allows individual fire departments to design their program to meet their particular needs.  This plan is designed so that the assets can be rolled over to the local government retirement plan if the opportunity ever presents itself.  Participants will find that a combination of the new plan, the economy of scale, and new, lower fees will make this plan very popular.

 This plan has a starting date of January 2012.  Prior to the start of this plan we will be freezing the old 401(k) plan. As part of the freeze of the old plan, no new loans are allowed.   Each participating Department will have several choices to consider. These choices must be made at the Department level and are not separate choices by each participant. The options your Department has are complex so a more detailed explanation will be provided next week. However, in general, the options are (1) leave the money in the old plan until all surrender charges have passed and then move the funds to your new plan, or (2) immediately move all funds to the new plan. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Deborah Phillips at Heritage Pension Services.  Her phone number is 336-777-3615.  She and her staff have the ability to explain all of the options and help you make the decision that is best for you. 



Paul F. Miller, Executive Director

Firefighters Surpass $500,000 Donation Mark By Way of Special Debit Card

Maurice Smith and Paul Miller

Firefighters Surpass $500,000 Donation Mark By Way of Special Debit Card
Money goes to the NC State Firemen’s Association in support of state’s firefighters

RALEIGH, NC (5/19/11) — Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) is pleased to report that a specially structured Visa debit card available to all North Carolina firefighters and their families has resulted in a total of $529,633 being donated to the NC State Firemen’s Association (NCSFA).

Along with generating revenue for the NCSFA, which provides training, education and support to NC firefighters, the program stimulates spending in communities across North Carolina. Firefighters and their families have used their cards to spend more than $112 million since April 2003.

“We are proud that our partnership with the NCSFA continues to thrive; in the first quarter of this year alone, the program generated more than $43,000,” said LGFCU President Maurice Smith. “It not only benefits the brave firefighters of our state, but provides a boost to local economies across North Carolina.”

There are currently more than 5,600 cards in circulation.