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Fire Service Legislative Day – May 4, 2017


FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY

May 4th, 2017

The NC State Firefighters’ Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs invite you to attend Fire Service Legislative Day Thursday, May 4th, in Raleigh. We will meet at 8:00 at 323 West Jones Street in the Lobby Conference Room. This is the building the NCSFA office is located within. We’ll start with a quick briefing and then proceed over to the Legislative Building for a group picture on the red carpet steps. Between 11:30 and 1:00 lunch will be available, provided by the NC Association of Fire Chief’s, in the Lobby Conference room.

Both Chambers are in session at 10:00, and many legislators leave early on Thursday afternoon when session is over. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE AND SCHEDULE A TIME TO MEET WITH THEM BEFORE OR AFTER SESSION.

Since both Chambers are in Session at 10:00, we’ll try to sit as many as we can in the balcony of both the Senate and House Chambers for the opening of session. This will provide us a great opportunity for visibility as a group.

The impact of a large group of uniformed firefighters in the Legislative Building at one time is awesome, and speaks volumes when we ask for legislation. PLEASE SCHEDULE TO ATTEND.

We will have a display set up in one of the quadrants of the Legislative Building so legislators can stop by and chat. Please drop by during the day between visitations and chat with other fire service personnel and legislative members.

Schedule (Individual Visits can and Should be Scheduled Throughout the Day)

8:00 Opening Discussion and Material Distribution

9:00 Group Photo on the Red Carpet

9:10 Individual Visits

10:00 Seating in Chamber Balconies

11:15 Lunch Available

1:15 Lunch Closes

4:00 Travel Home

Please Plan to attend

NCSFA President Brian Cox

NCAFC President Tracy Mosley

News on Your Public Safety Answering Points (Communication Centers)

News on Your Public Safety Answering Points (Communication Centers)

 

Greg Hauser represents the NC Fire Service on the State 911 Board. In an effort to keep the fire service engaged and make local dispatch centers effective for the fire service, he suggest involvement at the local level by fire officers in the operation of the dispatch center. Here is an update on the 911 Board and some questions for you to consider.

 

Does Your Local PSAP (Public Safety Answering Points) Use EFD Protocols?

 

NCSFA Members are encouraged to find out if their local PSAP (911 Call Centers) uses dispatch standards and protocols. These protocols are extremely important and should be followed by all involved in emergency dispatch situations. There are many different types of protocols (Emergency Fire Dispatch ((EFD)), APCO, etc) and each may determine how fire services are dispatched.

 

PSAP Manager Training:

 

Training will soon be available for PSAP managers. This newly created program will focus on educating current PSAP about the history, trends, processes and technology in the Public Safety Communications industry. The training was created in cooperation with the 911 Education Committee and Richmond Community College. The program will be an 8-month program. To insure your department is getting the most from your dispatch centers, urge your PSAP manager to get involved.

 

State PSAP Allocations: Is the Strained Funding Model Degrading Your PSAP’s Effectiveness?

 

PSAP funding for allowable items is becoming strained in North Carolina. Have your Fire Service Command Staff become engaged with their PSAP managers to ensure dispatch services are not being degraded. If not funded properly, the County/agency may be responsible for finding the necessary funds to support the PSAP. This has the potential to degrade your PSAP’s ability to provide effective fire dispatch services.

 

Standards for PSAP’s

 

Nine (9) people were recently approved for the first class of reviewers and their PSAP training will begin in the coming year. Beginning in July 2017, all PSAP will be required to undergo an evaluation of their processes, procedures, technology and fall pack plans. Across NC only 2 PSAP’s are without approved backup plans, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Franklin County (Franklin County is very close to having their plan approved). The 911 Board Chair is looking into the five (5) PSAP’s that failed during Hurricane Matthew so that they can be turned into teaching opportunities. Finally, PSAP allocations were approved by the board and NCSFA members can go to http://it.nc.gov/nc911board to see their allotment.

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

 

NCSFA Announces Association’s Name Change

Good Morning to all North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Members:

It is my pleasure and responsibility as President of the Association to inform you that the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association is now the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. This announcement was made in a formal ceremony at our annual SAFRE Conference, held in Charlotte, just moments ago to all those in attendance, and your Board members wanted to insure you heard the news simultaneously. The name change is a culmination of efforts that began last fall with a survey of all member fire departments in North Carolina, and was brought to reality when the NC General Assembly passed, at our request, House Bill 19 which contained language allowing us to change our name. Since we were created in 1889 by the Legislature, only they could approve this change.

What does this mean to you as members of our Association? First it means the Association that has represented its member’s interests since 1887 will continue to do so, advocating for and providing benefits, working towards solutions to problems and concerns, representing the fire service’s interest, and providing funding for programs such as grants and scholarships. Second, it brings our name into the modern day definition of a firefighter that is all inclusive of our membership, and recognizes the total scope of how this wonderful vocation serves the public.

Although the name change is in place, it will take us time to transition all the logos, signs, patches, flags, shirts, etc., that carry our name into the new design. Perhaps that time of transition is good, and people will recognize through time that with a new name that represents all the diversity of our membership, we’re still the same Association of people that have protected and looked after each other since our founding in 1887.

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as your President throughout this year of transition, and I look forward to continuing to work with each of you as members of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. For a full report of the activities of your Association during 2015-2016, please review the Presidents Report and Strategic Planning Document on our web-site at ncsfa.com.

Sincerely,

Kevin Gordon, President

New name, same mission.

Firefighter Death Notification – Northampton County

SEVERN, NC – Severn Fire Chief Kevin Britt, 54, suffered a medical emergency after working a motor vehicle collision on Friday night into Saturday morning.

Details are limited.

Arrangements are as follows:

Graveside services, with honors, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 at Severn Cemetery in Severn, with the Rev. Jim Cox officiating.

Massey Funeral Home in Jackson is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.haroldmasseyfuneralhome.com.