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Saturday November 18, 2017

The Order of the Longleaf Pine Awarded to Two at NCSFA’s Annual Banquet

It is a select few North Carolinians that can call themselves recipients of the prestigious Order of the Longleaf Pine.  The award was created in 1965 and is among the highest honors bestowed upon civilians who have proven record of service to the state of North Carolina.  This honor is not something awarded very often and the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association had not one, but two recipients in one evening during the 2013 NCSFA Annual Award Banquet.


The first recipient of the award was Timothy L. Bradley (pictured above).  Mr. Bradley recently retired after 28 years with the State of North Carolina and was presented his award by the Insurance Commissioner, Wayne Goodwin.  After Tim’s retirement from the State, he was appointed as the Executive Director for the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  He was very humbled and honored to receive the award and is  proud to join the ranks of the past recipients.




The evening’s second recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine award was Paul F. Miller (pictured above).  August 11, 2013 marked Mr. Miller’s official retirement date from the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association after 23 dedicated years at the helm of organization.  Paul was presented with his award from Tim Bradley, who took over as Executive Director that night after Paul’s official retirement.  Paul modestly told the almost 500 attending the banquet that he was wonderfully surprised and very grateful to receive such a great honor and to be included in the ranks of it’s previous honorees.

Recipients of the Order of the Longleaf Pine are given a certificate that reads:

“Reposing special confidence in the integrity, learning and zeal of [honoree], I [the Governor of North Carolina] do by these presents confer The Order of the Long Leaf Pine with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary, privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this exalted order, among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina toast in select company anywhere in the free world:”

Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!

Special recognition and congratulations should be given to Tim Bradley and Paul Miller for receiving such an extraordinary honor.  They are two of North Carolina’s most ardent champions of the fire service and have dedicated much of their lives to it’s betterment.


NCSFA Announces New Executive Director – Tim Bradley



April 2013

From:  President Phil Welch and the Executive Board
The selection process for a new Executive Director has ended and Tim Bradley will replace Paul Miller as the Executive Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  All of you who know Tim realize that he is well qualified for this position, and we are fortunate to have a leader of his ability selected to run this organization. Please see Tim’s biographical information below.
Tim Bradley, FIFireE, CFO, EFO
NC Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance
Tim has been in the fire service for 37 years. He began his career serving on the Mebane Fire Department, holding the position of Chief for seven years. In 1985, he became Executive Director of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, which handles various fire and rescue related programs, including all levels of professional certification and qualification. In 1994, he was promoted to Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance in charge of the newly formed Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). He serves North Carolina as State Fire/Rescue Training Director.
Tim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He has earned his CFO from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a Fellow with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Tim Chaired the National Fire Protection Associations Professional Qualification Committee for Fire Instructor for 15 years and served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress for 14 year, has served as a Board member for 20 years, and was a Charter member of the Board. He is currently serving on the Board of the International Accreditation Service in the ICC, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the NC Jaycee Burn Center. For the past four years he has served as a Board Member for the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Involved in numerous programs at the national and international level, he has spoken at conferences in South Africa, France, England, and several Canadian Provinces. In 2007 at the request of the National Volunteer Fire Council, he testified before Congress concerning interoperability in emergency radio communications.
He was awarded North Carolina’s Firefighter of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2007 he was awarded Firehouse Magazines Heroism Award for the rescue of a five year old boy from a house fire. He has received his department’s award for valor, and firefighter of the year award twice. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the NC Association of Building Inspectors, and in 2007 he was awarded the State Employee Award of Excellence, the highest award given to State Employees. In 2007 he was recognized by the Institute of Fire Engineers as a Fellow, and carries the designation FIFirE. He writes articles for several quarterly publications and has had articles published in several fire service and fire engineering magazines.
Tim currently manages the NC Office of State Fire Marshal which has a staff of 112 people. Their responsibilities include: conduct building plan review; provide code consultation; handles the qualification of code enforcement officials statewide; administers the State Building and Fire Codes; administers the State Manufactured Housing regulations; develops code training courses; staffs the State Building Code Council; conducts fire and rescue training; provide support for the state fire and rescue certification programs; administer the fire and rescue grant and relief funds; and provides guidance statewide in the development of public fire education and injury prevention programs.
In addition to his employment and fire service related activities, as well as his career as a volunteer firefighter spanning 37 years, Tim serves as an elected member of the Mebane City Council, serves as a Deacon in his Church, and teaches Sunday School and bible studies. His hobbies include woodworking, writing poetry, hunting and golf. He resides with his wife Vickie and four daughters in Mebane.



The Board would like to thank Paul Miller for his dedication and service to the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  Paul served as the Executive Director for 23 years and has successfully led the Association through many changes and challenges over those years.  We wish Paul the best during his retirement.  Paul will be the Executive Director through the end of August and we are happy to say that he will be available to assist the NCSFA with any needs we might have following his departure as Executive Director.

North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Retirement Plan

Since 1998 the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association has been petitioning the IRS to allow career firefighters employed by non-profit fire departments access to the local government retirement system.  It was obvious the effort would not be successful so the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association decided to create their own retirement program.  Work on the system began about 18 months ago and is now coming to fruition.  We began signing-up fire departments on January 2, 2012.  Each eligible department will be allowed to design their program to suit the needs of the fire department and the participants.  We know we have created a fantastic plan, and it is a plan that will benefit the members.  That always has been our goal.  For information on the plan and to receive help signing-up please contact Deborah Phillips with Heritage Pension Services at 336-777-3615 or  Deborah and the staff at Heritage will work with you and answer all your questions. 

See the Memorandum below for additional information on the plan.




To:  All Departments Participating in the NCSFA 401(k) Plan


Date:  December 5, 2011

The North Carolina State Firemen’s Association provides  a 401(k) retirement plan form that may be adopted by the  not for profit (non-governmental) fire departments which employ paid full time and\or part time firefighters.  This plan has been in place since January 1, 1998.  Many changes and improvements in retirement plans have occurred over the years and the NCSFA felt compelled to explore the newer products available today.  As a result of that investigation the NCSFA made a decision to change the plan currently offered. 

 This new plan will also be for non-governmental fire departments that employ full time and part time firefighters.  This will be a multiple employer plan that allows individual fire departments to design their program to meet their particular needs.  This plan is designed so that the assets can be rolled over to the local government retirement plan if the opportunity ever presents itself.  Participants will find that a combination of the new plan, the economy of scale, and new, lower fees will make this plan very popular.

 This plan has a starting date of January 2012.  Prior to the start of this plan we will be freezing the old 401(k) plan. As part of the freeze of the old plan, no new loans are allowed.   Each participating Department will have several choices to consider. These choices must be made at the Department level and are not separate choices by each participant. The options your Department has are complex so a more detailed explanation will be provided next week. However, in general, the options are (1) leave the money in the old plan until all surrender charges have passed and then move the funds to your new plan, or (2) immediately move all funds to the new plan. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Deborah Phillips at Heritage Pension Services.  Her phone number is 336-777-3615.  She and her staff have the ability to explain all of the options and help you make the decision that is best for you. 



Paul F. Miller, Executive Director