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Tuesday February 21, 2017

Fire Service Legislative Day – May 4, 2017


FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY

May 4th, 2017

The NC State Firefighters’ Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs invite you to attend Fire Service Legislative Day Thursday, May 4th, in Raleigh. We will meet at 8:00 at 323 West Jones Street in the Lobby Conference Room. This is the building the NCSFA office is located within. We’ll start with a quick briefing and then proceed over to the Legislative Building for a group picture on the red carpet steps. Between 11:30 and 1:00 lunch will be available, provided by the NC Association of Fire Chief’s, in the Lobby Conference room.

Both Chambers are in session at 10:00, and many legislators leave early on Thursday afternoon when session is over. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE AND SCHEDULE A TIME TO MEET WITH THEM BEFORE OR AFTER SESSION.

Since both Chambers are in Session at 10:00, we’ll try to sit as many as we can in the balcony of both the Senate and House Chambers for the opening of session. This will provide us a great opportunity for visibility as a group.

The impact of a large group of uniformed firefighters in the Legislative Building at one time is awesome, and speaks volumes when we ask for legislation. PLEASE SCHEDULE TO ATTEND.

We will have a display set up in one of the quadrants of the Legislative Building so legislators can stop by and chat. Please drop by during the day between visitations and chat with other fire service personnel and legislative members.

Schedule (Individual Visits can and Should be Scheduled Throughout the Day)

8:00 Opening Discussion and Material Distribution

9:00 Group Photo on the Red Carpet

9:10 Individual Visits

10:00 Seating in Chamber Balconies

11:15 Lunch Available

1:15 Lunch Closes

4:00 Travel Home

Please Plan to attend

NCSFA President Brian Cox

NCAFC President Tracy Mosley

CPSE Workshop: Quality Improvement Through Accreditation April 12-14, 2017

Greensboro Fire Department & CFAI Host a CPSE Workshop: Quality Improvement Through Accreditation April 12-14, 2017

News on Your Public Safety Answering Points (Communication Centers)

News on Your Public Safety Answering Points (Communication Centers)

 

Greg Hauser represents the NC Fire Service on the State 911 Board. In an effort to keep the fire service engaged and make local dispatch centers effective for the fire service, he suggest involvement at the local level by fire officers in the operation of the dispatch center. Here is an update on the 911 Board and some questions for you to consider.

 

Does Your Local PSAP (Public Safety Answering Points) Use EFD Protocols?

 

NCSFA Members are encouraged to find out if their local PSAP (911 Call Centers) uses dispatch standards and protocols. These protocols are extremely important and should be followed by all involved in emergency dispatch situations. There are many different types of protocols (Emergency Fire Dispatch ((EFD)), APCO, etc) and each may determine how fire services are dispatched.

 

PSAP Manager Training:

 

Training will soon be available for PSAP managers. This newly created program will focus on educating current PSAP about the history, trends, processes and technology in the Public Safety Communications industry. The training was created in cooperation with the 911 Education Committee and Richmond Community College. The program will be an 8-month program. To insure your department is getting the most from your dispatch centers, urge your PSAP manager to get involved.

 

State PSAP Allocations: Is the Strained Funding Model Degrading Your PSAP’s Effectiveness?

 

PSAP funding for allowable items is becoming strained in North Carolina. Have your Fire Service Command Staff become engaged with their PSAP managers to ensure dispatch services are not being degraded. If not funded properly, the County/agency may be responsible for finding the necessary funds to support the PSAP. This has the potential to degrade your PSAP’s ability to provide effective fire dispatch services.

 

Standards for PSAP’s

 

Nine (9) people were recently approved for the first class of reviewers and their PSAP training will begin in the coming year. Beginning in July 2017, all PSAP will be required to undergo an evaluation of their processes, procedures, technology and fall pack plans. Across NC only 2 PSAP’s are without approved backup plans, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Franklin County (Franklin County is very close to having their plan approved). The 911 Board Chair is looking into the five (5) PSAP’s that failed during Hurricane Matthew so that they can be turned into teaching opportunities. Finally, PSAP allocations were approved by the board and NCSFA members can go to http://it.nc.gov/nc911board to see their allotment.

Fund For Gatlinburg, TN First Responders

The Gatlinburg Firefighters Association has established the Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund to aid those Gatlinburg Firefighters and Police Officers who lost their homes and contents in the fire, which in part spread from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the eastern Tennessee resort city of Gatlinburg. The fire burned about 1,000 buildings in Sevier County, including hundreds in Gatlinburg, killed 13 people and injured about 85 people.

 

Donations should be made payable to The Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund, Account # 1090021864. Donations may be mailed to

Smartbank, ATTN: Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund,

PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge Tennessee 37868.

Electronic transfers may be sent to Smartbank.  The routing number for this fund is 064209216.

For additional information contact Kandra McCarter Phone: (865) 936-7130; Daniel Lindbert (865) 430-8687 or David Puckett (865) 712-0726

 

Criminal History Checks on Firefighters and Rescue Members

Last year the General Assembly passed HB 698 which allowed Fire Chief’s to conduct criminal background checks on new and existing personnel, volunteer or career. These checks (G.S. 143B-943) are at the Chief’s discretion, and the information may be used to consider employment or membership.

 

Procedure for Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services agencies to receive criminal history records checks of applicants and current members (NCGS 143B-943) 

February 2015 

1) Requests can only be made by a designated Homeland Security director (paid only), a local fire chief of a rated fire department (paid or volunteer), a county fire marshal(paid only), an emergency services director(paid only). This will be the Authorized Official.

2) Each Authorized Official (such as fire chief) must request and submit an Access Agreement form for its agency. The Access Agreement may be requested by calling 919.582.8600 or emailing ciishelp@ncdoj.gov . The Access Agreement must be completed, signed, notarized and mailed back to the SBI Criminal Identification Section.

Address: NC SBI

P.O. Box 29500

Raleigh, NC 27626-0500

Approval of the Agreement should take 2-4 weeks.

3) An initial supply of blank fingerprint cards will be provided by the SBI in the agreement package. More fingerprint cards can be ordered from the SBI by following instructions included in the agreement package.

4) Using the fingerprint card provided, the fire chief arranges for each applicant or member to have fingerprinting done at their local police department or sheriff’s office to ensure that it is done properly. There may be a local fee for this, depending on local practice.

5) The completed fingerprint card is returned to the fire chief, who will then mail it to the Criminal Identification Section at the address above. There is a 38.00 fee per card submitted. This will be billed back to the fire department (as per the Agreement) at the end of each month.

6) The results of the criminal history records check will be mailed back to the fire chief. This will typically be within 1-2 weeks from receipt of the fingerprint card to the SBI. All information provided is privileged information and for the exclusive use of the fire chief only for the purpose authorized in NC General Statute 143B-943, and must be locked and secured at all times. Specific responsibilities and requirements are explained in the access agreement.

7) (GUIDANCE FOR USE OF DATA FOR FIRE CHIEF) -If the applicant’s or current member’s verified criminal history record check reveals one or more convictions, then the conviction shall constitute just cause for not selecting the applicant for the position or for dismissing the current member from a current position with the local fire department or emergency medical services. The conviction shall not automatically prohibit volunteering or employment; however, the following factors shall be considered by the local Homeland Security director, local fire chief, county fire marshal, emergency services director, or local law enforcement agency in

determining whether the position shall be denied or the current member dismissed from a current position:

(a) The level and seriousness of the crime;

(b) The date of the crime;

(c) The age of the person at the time of the conviction;

(d) The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known;

(e) The nexus between the criminal conduct of the person and the duties of the person;

(f) The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the person since the date the crime was committed; and

(g) The subsequent commission by the person of a crime listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(h) The local fire department or emergency medical services may deny the applicant or current member the position or dismiss an applicant or current member who refuses to consent to a criminal history record check or use of fingerprints or other identifying information required by the State or National Repositories of Criminal Histories. This refusal constitutes just cause for the denial of the position or the dismissal from a current position.

(i) The local fire department or emergency medical services may also extend a conditional offer of the position pending the results of a criminal history record check.