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Tuesday November 21, 2017

2017 NCSFA Scholarship and Grant Recipients

The North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association Board and Staff are proud to announce the 2017 Scholarship and Grant recipients.  NCSFA awards $252,000 in scholarships and grants divided amongst our 3 regions.  The scholarships and grants are awarded to qualified NCSFA member firefighters and children of our member firefighters. We are proud to be able to help so many and invest in their future.  Congratulations to the 2017 recipients!

George Horace Moore Scholarship      
Eastern            
Kirsten P. Miller High School Associates Rock Ridge  
Amanda L. Barnette High School Associates New Hanover County  
Ashley D. Mooney High School Associates Fairfield  
Kylie R. Hutson High School Bachelor’s Moyock  
Megan E. Williams High School Bachelor’s Windsor  
Matthew C. Etheridge High School Bachelor’s Kenly  
Alan D. Griffin Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Carolina Beach  
Cameron C. Glenn Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Eastern Pines  
Kayla R. Jones Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Hargett’s Crossroads  
Travis C. Johnson Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Strickland Cross Roads  
Richard J. Smith Career Firefighter Associate’s Duck  
Kyle D. Brantley Career Firefighter Associate’s Archer Lodge  
Ronnie M. Flowers Career Firefighter Bachelors Washington  
John T. Moore Career Firefighter Bachelors Wilson  
             
Herbert D. Garmon Scholarship        
Piedmont            
Madison L. Adams High School Associates Eastwood  
Clayton E. Vaughn High School Associates Ridgecrest  
Cara N. Smith High School Bachelor’s Greensboro  
Kynley N. Fulp High School Bachelor’s Walkertown  
Dakota R. Goins High School Bachelor’s Laurel Hill  
Jacob E. Kline Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Westfield  
Seth C. Brim Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Westfield  
April F. Knight Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Mineral Springs  
Tristan H. Grubbs Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s State Road  
John W. Underhill, II Career Firefighter Associate’s Wendell Holmes Rural  
David W. Strickland Career Firefighter Associate’s Fayetteville  
Jennifer M. Thompson Career Firefighter Associate’s Village of Pinehurst  
Brian L. Couch Career Firefighter Bachelors Cary  
Kenneth T. Yahiku Career Firefighter Bachelors Raleigh  
             
George M. Bartlett Scholarship        
Western            
David C. Worley High School Associate’s Broad River  
Preston D. Lingerfelt High School Associates Cherryville  
Cody D. James High School Associates Central Alexander  
Arthur J. Manning High School Bachelor’s South Point  
Logan A. Hedrick High School Bachelor’s Oxford Fire Protection Assoc.  
Rachel L. Robinson High School Bachelor’s Hiwassee Dam  
Rickey A. Rhoney, Jr. Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Triple Community  
Sean   Sullivan Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s West Macon  
John F. Cochran Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Idlewild  
Jeffrey D. Kanupp Career Firefighter Associate’s Hickory  
Joshua A. Funderburk Career Firefighter Associate’s Kannapolis  
Aaron L. Kennedy Career Firefighter Associate’s Statesville  
Gregory S. Summitt Career Firefighter Bachelors Kannapolis  
Steven J. Madorin Career Firefighter Bachelors Concord  
             
Paul F. Miller Master’s Degree Scholarship      
Eastern Jeremy W. Anderson Volunteer/Career Masters Shine Rural
Piedmont Christopher D. Belcher Volunteer/Career Masters Winston-Salem
Western Christopher A. Thompson Volunteer/Career Masters Mooresville
           
NCSFA Grant Program          
Eastern            
Matthew N. Barwick Volunteer Grant Kenansville  
David   Batten Volunteer Grant North Whiteville  
Edward D. Weigl Volunteer Grant Number 7 Township

of Craven County

 
Donald L. Burns Career Grant Wilmington  
Michael J. Rouse Career Grant Sampson County

Fire Marshal’s Office

 
             
Piedmont            
Jason A. Burkholder Career Grant Surry County

Fire Marshal’s Office

 
E.G.   Burr Career Grant Garner  
 

 

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.

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.

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.