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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.

DOT: Captain Bowen’s Name to go on Smoky Park Bridge

ASHEVILLE – The state Board of Transportation voted unanimously this morning to rename Smoky Park Bridge the Capt. Jeffrey Bowen Bridge in memory of the city firefighter who died in the line of duty last July.

“Throughout his career, Captain Jeffrey Scott Bowen brought honor to the City of Asheville and Buncombe County and had his life tragically cut short leaving behind family, friends and co-workers,” the board resolution reads.

The action was a turnaround from a previous vote from the board’s Road Naming Committee, which had decided March 7 not to move ahead with the request because of a tradition of not naming state roads or bridges for fallen firefighters.

After strong public criticism, the board reversed course Wednesday and voted unanimously to support the renaming.

“We have heard a strong outpouring of support for Capt. Bowen from the local community and want to be responsive to their concerns,” Board of Transportation Chairman Robert Collier said in a statement today.

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Stoney Point Fire Department Internationally Accredited

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY – The Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department (SPVFD) has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s self-assessment and accreditation program.

The SPVFD is the first volunteer department in North Carolina and only the second volunteer fire organization to achieve accredited agency status in the nation.

This is a major accomplishment.

Of more than 30,000 rated fire departments in the United States, there are only 150 who have earned Internationally Accredited status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.

CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency services agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service delivery to their communities.

The CFAI process provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed assessment.

As part of the process the SPVFD satisfied more than 250 individual performance indicators assessing administration and governance, planning, goal setting and achievement, financial management and administration, direct program delivery, physical resources, human resources, training and competency, essential resources, and external systems relationships. This means that the SPVFD is following fire service industry best practices and good stewards of their community’s tax dollars.

Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. stated that the agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency Status “validates the dedication of the VOLUNTEER agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community serving both the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.”

Chief Johnson Sr. also stated, “This is a major achievement not only for the SPVFD but also for the entire system, whereas system wide fundamental improvements have been implemented as a result of the SPVFD accreditation process benefitting all county citizens”, and the proactive CFAI process is a fluid process that is on-going and will ultimately continue to improve the quality of services county-wide.

With over 1,200 Fire Departments in North Carolina the SPVFD is the twelfth department accredited behind, Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Jacksonville, Mooresville, Rocky Mount, and Wilson Fire Departments, all of which are career departments.

Read the Press Release:
Stoney Point Accreditation Press Release 031912

Learn more about the Stoney Point Fire Department in their annual report:
2010 Annual SPFD Report 042511-Final

2011 Legislative Day

NCSFA Members arrive at the Legislative Building in Raleigh.


RALEIGH – On Tuesday, May 17th, the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association sponsored the annual Legislative Day.We had 70 firefighters from all across North Carolina come to Raleigh to participate in the event.

Most all of our fire service organizations were represented.  We all owe these 70 firefighters thanks for the outstanding job they did.

Legislators were visited and thanked for their support, issues were presented and questions were answered by this group of firefighters.  The end result has been a very positive response from legislators and their staff.  We have been told repeatedly how polite and well informed our delegation was as they made their visits and presentations.  The entire fire service will benefit from the hard work of these 70 members.

Our hope is that next year this 70 will turn into 150 and those into 300. We have 120 members in the House and 50 members in the Senate.  Our hope is that one day we will have someone from each House and each Senate member’s district to visit them.  That would give us maximum exposure and increase our results.  Never underestimate the power of your visit.

We will see positive results from this year and hopefully even better results as our attendance increases.  Thank you again to those who came.  You did a marvelous job.  Please come back next year and bring someone with you.

2011 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo Vendor Registration Now Open

The SOLD OUT 2010 Vendor Floor at the Raleigh Convention Center.

RALEIGH – On-line Vendor registration for the 2011 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo is now available.

The conference will once again be held in Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center in activity-filled Downtown.

The dates for this year’s Conference are August 10-13. The Vendor Hall will be open on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.

The show was a complete sell-out in 2010, so don’t delay in securing your spot.

Click here to proceed directly to on-line Vendor registration.

Click images to enlarge. Photos courtesy IWP Photography.