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Sunday November 19, 2017

September 11th, First Responders Day

NC General Assembly creates a legal holiday in North Carolina called First Responders Day, on September 11th.

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.

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Legislative Issues Facing North Carolina Firefighters

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The Board of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association recognizes the importance of being actively involved in Legislative issues affecting our members, as well as issues affecting the delivery of emergency services to our citizens. By building an informed advocacy network we have an increased ability to impact legislative decisions that impact our membership. Your involvement is a critical part of that advocacy, and keeping you informed of issues insures that we all work together for the betterment of the fire service. Regardless of whether an issue is State or Federal, in reality, “ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL”. Become involved by getting to know your representatives at home.

This is a report of the Legislative Committee of the NC Fireman’s Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs. It is intended to keep you up to date on legislation that may affect the fire service and related issues. It is not intended to be a legal description of legislation or its impact. Advocating for or against legislation is a democratic right, and individuals should use their best judgment in doing so. This information is provided to offer you our best estimated input and analysis of legislation of interest that may affect you.

Dates to remember: May 5th, 5:30PM – 8:00 PM Fire Service Hosted Legislative Reception
May 6th, 9:30, Fire Service Legislative Day
The following discusses both the NCSFA/NCAFC’s legislative priorities for North Carolina legislation, as well as current Federal initiatives that are being promoted by national organizations such as the National Volunteer Fire Council. These are issues and have not been introduced as legislation unless listed under State or Federal Bill tags. Any bills introduced either at the State or Federal level are listed above.

NCSFA/NCAFC 2015 Legislative Goals

  1. Priority #1: Define “Firefighter in Statute”.  The definition of the term “firefighter” has never been defined in statute, except for Article 86-25 of Chapter 58 which defines “eligible firefighter”. Eligible firefighter in GS 58-86-25 was written as criteria for receiving a year of eligibility is our Firefighter and Rescue Worker’s Pension Fund, which is actually more of a criteria for a benefit than a definition. However, since it is the only semblance of a definition for firefighter, it has become the gage in which to define firefighter in NC statute. The legislative committee of the NCSFA and NCAFC’s believe establishing a firm definition will benefit all of us and add clarity to the term “firefighter” in law.
  2. Priority #2: Make the use of Utility Vehicles by Fire and Rescue Departments on roadways legal. Currently NC law allows the use of ATV’s by fire, rescue, and law enforcement on certain highways in the official performance of their duties. However, the exemption does not list Utility Vehicles, which DMV defines as a separate class and would include Gators, Racers, etc. While we’re sure fire departments aren’t going to be ticketed for using these utility vehicles, it could cause legal implications if an accident were to occur and there wasn’t a legal exception for their use on highways.
  3. Priority #3: Monitor introduced legislation affecting the emergency services.   Last year much of our legislative work involved reacting to studies and legislation coming from other sources, and working to make them attractive for our membership. This year our involvement will also monitor and react to any legislation that appears to impact emergency services.  This priority will include working with other agencies that may want to submit changes we approve of, as well as any that might submit legislation we feel would have a negative impact.

Put on your Calendar Today….Legislative Reception and Legislative Day at the NC General Assembly

On the evening of May 5th, 2015 we will host our House and Senate members in a legislative reception, where we can share some food and fellowship in a casual environment. The next day we will go as a group to the Legislative Building and meet and greet them in a more formal setting and let them know what our goals are.  Our goal is to have at least one member from each legislative district in Raleigh, so we need our members from the East, West and Piedmont to attend.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Specific information will be posted on our web site as plans are finalized.

Joint Legislative Committee – The committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina.  The Committee Members are:

•      Kevin S. Gordon, NCSFA – Chairperson
•      Brain Cox, NCSFA
•      Barry Overman, NCSFA
•      Anthony Penland, NCSFA
•      Tim Bradley, NCSFA
•      Debbie Clary, NCSFA
•      Ron Fowler, NCAFC
•      Jake Whisnant, NCAFC
•      Benny Nichols, NCAFC
•      Chris Nichols, NCAFC

For additional information contact:

Tim Bradley
Executive Director

Kevin S. Gordon
Executive Board

Debbie Clary
Governmental Affairs

Press Release

PressReleases

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.