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Thursday November 23, 2017

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.

Congressional Fire Service Institute 2011

Members from the North Carolina fire service gathered in Washington, DC last week for the annual Congressional Fire Services Dinner. During the stay in Washington the group visited with all of the North Carolina congressional delegation and updated them on issues of interest to the fire service in our state. The meetings went very well and the delegation from North Carolina was well received. It is important that we make this effort each year to personally visit with our members of Congress. Congress deals with thousands of issues each session, and the old adage is true – the squeaky wheel gets the grease. We need funding and reauthorization for SAFER and the AFG Grants. We need funding for the Fire Academy as well as support for other issues, many of which have no funding requirements. If we do not go to the “Hill” on a regular basis and present our issues our business will get lost in the shuffle. Thank you to everyone who attended and for your efforts on behalf of all firefighters in this state and nation. You did a wonderful job and represented us well.

Support Efforts to Adopt Legislation for Fire Sprinkler Systems

February 23, 2011

North Carolina Building Code Council
322 Chapanoke Road
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27603

Dear Council Members:

The Executive Board of Directors for the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association has taken the position supporting efforts across the great state of North Carolina in adopting legislation for fire sprinklers systems.  Our organization represents over 1,300 fire departments and 45,000 plus members who are committed to reducing the loss of life due to fires.

Over a three year period in North Carolina alone, from 2004 through 2006 there were over 19,000 residential fires, 112 civilian deaths and over 600 civilian injuries due to residential fires.  North Carolina suffered 2 firefighter deaths and 281 firefighter injuries while our firefighters were working on the fire scene.  Where do we take a stand and stop the senseless loss of life and property damage?

Sprinklers typically reduce chances of dying in a fire and the average property loss by over one-half, again to those properties without systems.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has no record of a fire killing more than two people in a completely sprinklered public assembly, educational, institutional or residential building where the system was working properly. Through the use of trade-ups, developers and builders can achieve reduced construction costs while providing higher value homes for their customers. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition notes the following – “In the event of a home fire, homeowners can expect financial losses 90% lower than those that occur from fires in un-sprinklered homes.”  Sprinklers are proven to slow the progression of a fire so that occupants would be given more time to escape.  With added protection, fire departments can deploy emergency services resources more effectively by reducing the burden caused by home fires.

On the firefighter side of the equation, The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation developed the 16 Life Safety Initiatives and developed the program “Everyone Goes Home.”  Item number 15 of the initiative states that “Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.” These initiatives only strengthen our commitment for life safety on all fronts.

Our position follows the overall mission of the fire services, “to save lives and protect property.” And in fact, the intent of the North Carolina Building Code is to provide for that very same mission as stated in Section 101.3.  The sprinkler initiatives not only protect the lives of others, but provide an added measure of safety for our responders.  Support us in the fight to “help save lives!”

Respectfully,

Wesley D. Hutchins – President

Executive Board of Directors
North Carolina State Firemen’s Association

Legislative Day 2011 Set: May 17

NCSFA President Wesley Greene (left) and Executive Director Paul Miller enter the Legislative Building in Raleigh in 2010.

RALEIGH – May 17, 2011 is the date of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Legislative Day.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

It has been said a thousand times but it is so true—legislators want to speak to members they represent.  House and Senate members respond best to those who vote for them.  There are 120 members in the House of Representatives and 50 members in the Senate.

A large number of our members of the General Assembly are new and beginning to learn the process.  This is a most important time to make friends and tell our story.  We need our members from the East, West and Piedmont to attend.

Our goal is to have at least one member from each district in Raleigh on May 17th to meet and greet your House and Senate members.  More details will follow as we better define the events of the day.