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Tuesday November 21, 2017

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.

 

 

Press Release

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Senator Recognized for Efforts

Senator Tom Apodaca Recognized by Fire Service

Henderson County, NC, November 18, 2014: Senator Tom Apodaca was recognized Tuesday night at the quarterly meeting of the Henderson County Fire Chiefs. Representatives from Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Senator Apodaca was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Senator Apodaca has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Senator Apodaca was presented a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to presenters, in addition to statements recognizing Senator Apodaca’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Senator Tom Apodaca, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Senator Apodaca has served multiple terms in the Senate and represents Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties, District 48.

 

State Representative Recognized for Efforts

State Representative Julia Howard Recognized by Fire Service

Davie County, NC, October 27, 2014: State House Representative Julia Howard was recognized Monday night by the local and state Fire Service at a dinner meeting held at the beautiful WinMock at Kinderton in Davie Counties Bermuda Run. Representatives from Davie and Forsyth County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Representative Howard was recognized for her support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Representative Howard has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout her career. Representative Howard was presented a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to presenters, in addition to statements recognizing Representative Howard’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Representative Julia Howard, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Representative Howard has served thirteen terms in the NC House of Representatives and represents Davie and Forsyth County, District 79.

 

Senator Recognized for Efforts

Senator Warren Daniel Recognized by Fire Service

Cleveland County, NC, October 23, 2014: Senator Warren Daniel was recognized Thursday night by the local and state Fire Service at a dinner meeting held at the Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Department in Cleveland County. Representatives from Cleveland and Burke County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Senator Daniel was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Senator Daniel has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Senator Daniel was presented a replica of a firefighter’s helmet and a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to presenters, in addition to statements recognizing Senator Daniel’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Senator Warren Daniel, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Senator Daniel has served two terms in the Senate and represents Cleveland and Burke Counties, District 46.

 

State Representative Recognized for Efforts

State Representative Tim Moore Recognized by Fire Service

Cleveland County, NC, October 23, 2014: State House Representative Tim Moore was recognized Thursday night by the local and state Fire Service at a dinner meeting held at the Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Department in Cleveland County. Representatives from Cleveland County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Representative Moore was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Representative Moore has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Representative Moore was presented a replica of a firefighter’s helmet and a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to presenters, in addition to statements recognizing Representative Moore’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Representative Tim Moore, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Representative Moore has served six terms in the NC House of Representatives and represents Cleveland County, District 111.

 

State Representative Recognized for Efforts

State Representative Jason Saine Recognized by Fire Service

Lincoln County, NC, October 21, 2014: State House Representative Jason Saine was recognized Tuesday night by the local and state Fire Service at a dinner meeting held at the Denver Fire Department in Lincoln County. Representatives from Lincoln County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Representative Saine was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Representative Saine has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Representative Saine was presented a replica of a firefighter’s helmet and a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to presenters, in addition to statements recognizing Representative Saine’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Representative Jason Saine, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Representative Saine has served two terms in the NC House of Representatives and represents Lincoln County, District 97.

 

State Representative Recognized for Efforts

State Representative Tim Moffitt Recognized by Fire Service

Buncombe County, NC, September 15, 2014:  State House Representative Tim Moffitt was recognized Thursday by the local and state Fire Service at a meeting held at the Broad River Fire Department in Buncombe County. Representatives from Buncombe County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Representative Moffitt was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters.  It was also noted that Representative Moffitt has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Representative Moffitt was presented a replica firefighters helmet and a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to Chief Anthony Penland, in addition to statements recognizing Moffitt’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Representative Tim Moffitt, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Representative Moffitt has served two terms in the House and represents Buncombe County, District 116.

 

 

State Representative Recognized for Efforts

Senator Wesley Meredith Recognized by Fire Service

Cumberland County, NC, September 22, 2014:  Senator Wesley Meredith was recognized Monday night by the local and state Fire Service at a dinner meeting held at the Godwin-Falcon Fire Department in Cumberland County. Representatives from Cumberland County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Senator Meredith was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Senator Meredith has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Senator Meredith was presented a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to Chief Freddy Johnson, in addition to statements recognizing Senator Meredith’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Senator Wesley Meredith, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Senator Meredith has served two terms in the Senate and represents Cumberland County, District 19.

 

 

State Representative Recognized for Efforts

State Representative George Cleveland Recognized by Fire Service

Onslow County, NC, October 3, 2014:  State House Representative George Cleveland was recognized Friday morning by local and state Fire Service representatives at a special meeting in Onslow County. Representatives from Onslow County fire departments, as well as Representatives from the NC State Firemen’s Association and NC Association of Fire Chiefs were there to join in the presentation. During the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly four major statewide fire service programs that provide benefits for firefighters and fire departments were studied by the General Assembly. Representative Cleveland was recognized for his support during the study period and resulting legislation in maintaining necessary provisions for the State’s fire service and firefighters. It was also noted that Representative Cleveland has been a longtime supporter of the fire service throughout his career. Representative Cleveland was presented a plaque which included a replica helmet insignia bearing the image of the General Assembly. According to presenters, in addition to statements recognizing Representative Cleveland’s leadership and support, the wording on the plaque said it best;

Presented to Representative George Cleveland, with deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our NC Firefighter, as a “FRIEND OF THE FIRE SERVICE”.

Representative Cleveland has served five terms in the NC House of Representatives and represents Onslow County, District 14.

 

 

 

Incident Report Training

EMBARGOED UNTIL
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
12:00 P.M. EASTERN
11:00 A.M. CENTRAL
10:00 A.M. MOUNTAIN
9:00 A.M. PACIFIC

Philip Oakes, National Program Director
307-433-8078
admin@firemarshals.org

To help identify causes of fatal fires nationwide, NASFM launches online training program

Training focuses on importance of accurately reporting the causes of all fires

Cheyenne, WY, (November 12, 2014) – Last year, fires killed over 3,000 people, injured more than 15,000 and caused an estimated $11.5 billion in damage, Over a five-year period, the cause of ignition in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) was unknown in almost three out of every five home fire deaths, according to the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. Recognizing the reporting gap in NFIRS, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has launched a free, online training program for the fire service, “Understanding Your Role in Fire Incident Data,” available at NASFM’s training portal www.nasfm-training.org.

The new training program is the result of a project by NASFM’s Fire Education Research Foundation, funded by a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, to determine the root causes contributing to the reporting gap and develop a training solution to help fire departments across the nation with stronger reporting practices.

“The new training program addresses such an important gap in our national fire incident data,” said Butch Browning, NASFM President and Louisiana State Fire Marshal. “If we don’t know what is causing these fires, we really can’t work effectively to prevent them with solutions that specifically address the root problems. By explaining to fire fighters and chief officers the critical importance of accurately reporting the cause of fires, big and small, in their communities, we can go a long ways towards closing this gap.”

To ensure that the program was applicable in as many environments as possible, the NASFM Foundation developed it in close collaboration with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Fire Information Council, National Fire Protection Association, National Volunteer Fire Council, the North American Fire Training Directors, the United States Fire Administration and the Vision 20/20 project.

Research conducted for this project identified four areas that contributed to this data gap that are addressed in the training program:

• Closing the loop. So often, there is a disconnect within fire departments between those who make the initial fire report entry, such as the line officer, and the fire investigator who later determines the cause of the fire, and the initial report is not updated with the new information.
• Clearing the litigation cloud. Fire departments are often reluctant to enter the cause of the fire unless they are 100% sure because of the potential for being called to task later during any court proceedings.
• Black Hole. A number of people interviewed for the project had an inaccurate impression that the information went into a “black hole” and didn’t really make any difference, either locally or nationally.
• Complexity. The current NFIRS systems is perceived as being overly complex and not user-friendly, which discourages those using it from taking the time to accurately enter the information.

This online course at www.nasfm-training.org takes approximately one hour and a certificate of completion is available after finishing the course that can be used for continuing education requirements. In addition, since this training program is self-guided, it can be easily incorporated into recruit training at a fire academy or station level and used by full-time, call and volunteer fire departments.

About the NASFM Foundation

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation), a 501(c)(3) organization, works with companies, government agencies, associations, academic institutions and others that strive to achieve higher levels of fire safety for consumers and for the emergency response community. The NASFM Foundation works to support the mission of the National Association of State Fire Marshals — to protect life, property and the environment from fire and related hazards — through science, innovation, research and education.

National Association of State Fire Marshals | PO Box 671, Cheyenne, WY 82003 | 307-433-8078
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