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Wednesday May 17, 2017

2017 Fire Service Legislative Day

The 2017 Fire Service Legislative Day was held May 4, 2017 and had record breaking attendance from across the state.  We want to thank everyone who joined us and visited their representatives of the NC House and Senate at the General Assembly.  It is hard to imagine what would make a bigger impact than having over 200 firefighters from across North Carolina show up in uniform to deliver a united message from their constituents. Thank you again, we look forward to doing it all over again in 2018.

NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award goes to North Carolina Fire Chief Freddy Johnson, Sr.

 

One of North Carolina’s own was honored this month with a prestigious award from The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).  The NVFC gives three awards each year to deserving individuals across the United States.  They give a Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, a Fire Prevention and Education Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award each year at their annual Awards Banquet.  This year The NVFC awarded North Carolina Chief Freddy Johnson, Sr., of Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department in Fayetteville, NC, the Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored by Rosenbauer) on April 7, 2017.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and Membership of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, we want to wish you a very heartfelt congratulations and job well done Chief Johnson!

NC Fire Chief Wins NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award

NVFC Announces 2017 NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award:

 

Chief Freddy Johnson Sr.

NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award

Award sponsored by Rosenbauer

Chief Freddy Johnson, Sr., has served his community through the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department (SPVFD) in Fayetteville, NC, since 1976, where he quickly moved up the ranks to lead as Chief. The department has grown from less than 30 members and one station to over 100 members, mostly volunteer, at two stations, which now also offer rescue and emergency medical service. Johnson’s leadership at SPVFD guided the department to attain international accreditation with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2012, a distinction further enhanced by a recent recommendation for reaccreditation, a status never before achieved by another volunteer department anywhere in the world.

 

In addition to his own department, Johnson presently serves as Emergency Services Director for the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office & Emergency Management, President of the Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association, and a nominated member of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission. In 2008, he served as a Homeland Security Fire Service Grant Peer Review member and, in the years following, he authored several million dollars’ worth of Assistance to Firefighters Grants that vastly improved emergency communication capabilities within his state. He has received several Volunteer Chief of the Year awards from organizations such as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as well as Cumberland County Volunteer of the Year (1993), Young Deputy Sheriff of the Year (1988), and two state awards for volunteer service. Chief Johnson also received numerous awards and decorations during his service in the United States Army, where he retired as Sergeant Major after 23 years.

Damage to the NCSFA Office from Downtown Raleigh Fire

The Office of the NC State Firefighters’ Association suffered extensive damage due to a fire in a six story lightweight construction building being built across the street. It was a five alarm fire for the City of Raleigh and their crews did a fantastic job. The office has sustained significant water and some heat damage. All the windows on the Jones Street side were blown out by heat and all the offices on the Jones Street side had sprinklers activated.
We are going to have to find alternate office space for the time being. I suspect reparing the damage to this building will take more than 6 months. The Board and Staff of NCSFA would like to let you know that for a few days service will be intermittent, but we will get things back up to 100% as rapidly as possible. If you experience a delay in a response or have a critical need that cannot wait, here are a couple of cell numbers:
Tim Bradley – 919-376-5135
Ed Brinson – 919-605-0115
Thank you for your patience during this time.

STATE HEALTH PLAN AVAILABLE FOR FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL

STATE HEALTH PLAN AVAILABLE FOR FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL

If you are an active firefighter or rescue squad worker or a member of the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Workers’ Pension Fund, under certain conditions you may be eligible to purchase health coverage for you and your family under the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees on a fully contributory basis. G.S. 135-48.40(d).

Who may be eligible to participate?

 

  • Members actively serving as firefighters or rescue squad workers and retired members who receive a monthly benefit from the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Squad Workers’ Pension Fund.

 

  • Dependents of members, including spouses and natural, legally adopted, or foster children up to the end of the month of their 26th

 

Participation is voluntary, but to be eligible to participate you must be:

 

  • Certified by your Fire Department, Rescue Squad, or Emergency Medical Services Unit Head/Administrator.

 

  • Ineligible for any other comprehensive group health insurance coverage, including Medicare, CHAMPUS, or other uniformed services benefits.

 

  • Without coverage under a comprehensive group health benefit plan for at least 6 consecutive months.

 

See the attached rate sheet for a breakdown of monthly premium rates associated with the Plan’s 2017 coverage options.

 

For more information regarding coverage options, enrollment, and eligibility visit shp.nctreasurer.com or contact the North Carolina State Health Plan at 855-859-0966.