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Thursday November 23, 2017

2016 NCSFA Scholarship Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 NCSFA Scholarship Award Recipients. We wish you every success in your academic future and are proud to be able to contribute by awarding you a well deserved scholarship.

George Horace Moore Scholarship

EasternBreannaM.SilenceHigh SchoolAssociatesVerona
AllisonK.GriffinHigh SchoolAssociatesBethel Community Fire Protection Association
JerriT.BlackmanHigh SchoolAssociatesColumbus County FMO
JoshuaL.JerniganHigh SchoolBachelor’sGrantham
HannahL.CarnerHigh SchoolBachelor’sElizabeth City
BrittanyW.PittardHigh SchoolBachelor’sRheasville
JohnA.DeeseVol. FirefighterAssociate’sQueheel
NicholasA.WillisVol. FirefighterAssociate’sPrinceton
JamesS.MooreVol. FirefighterBachelor’sElevation
KevinS.Marks, Jr.Vol. FirefighterBachelor’sBattleboro / H.L. Harrison
ChistopherT.BrockCareer FirefighterAssociate’sBattleboro / H.L. Harrison
AdamT.BrownCareer FirefighterAssociate’sSelma
MichaelB. SmithCareer FirefighterBachelorsLeland
BrentT.HamiltonCareer FirefighterBachelorsWashington

Herbert D. Garmon Scholarship

PiedmontTannerC.SmithHigh SchoolAssociatesEast Side
LoganW.WhitakerHigh SchoolAssociatesDanbury
MakaylaL.StuartHigh SchoolAssociatesApex
TrevorL.CollinsHigh SchoolBachelor’sGreensboro
MadeleineC.HeynHigh SchoolBachelor’sGreensboro
AustinC.SharpeHigh SchoolBachelor’sClemmons
EmilyR.SpechtVol. FirefighterAssociate’sPinecroft Sedgefield
CodyW.JoynerVol. FirefighterAssociate’sFair Grove
TammyS.PattersonVol. FirefighterBachelor’sMineral Springs
DarrenF.ZiglarVol. FirefighterBachelor’sWalkertown
AdamH.StuartCareer FirefighterAssociate’sApex
JosephA.DixonCareer FirefighterAssociate’sFayetteville
MarkA.SapierCareer FirefighterBachelorsGuilford County FMO
JasonD.MyersCareer FirefighterBachelorsThomasville

George M. Bartlett Scholarship

WesternZacharyC.HinsonHigh SchoolAssociate’sConover
JoscelynM.SharpHigh SchoolAssociatesAndrews
AnthonyD.LittleHigh SchoolAssociatesMills River
JaredL.WardHigh SchoolBachelor’sGreen River
JordanT.SturgisHigh SchoolBachelor’sLenoir
AnaG.ReevesHigh SchoolBachelor’sWilkesboro
CodyA.DurkeeVol. FirefighterAssociate’sMarion
SeanSullivanVol. FirefighterAssociate’sWest Macon
MichaelT.WaltonVol. FirefighterBachelor’sDrexel
CorbinA.HylandVol. FirefighterBachelor’sRobinson
MarkR.StaffordCareer FirefighterAssociate’sConover
JonathanC.WhisnantCareer FirefighterAssociate’sGastonia
BryanC.MooreCareer FirefighterBachelorsSkyland
ShaneE.MacheyCareer FirefighterBachelorsAsheville

Paul F. Miller Master’s Degree Scholarship

EasternDonaldL.BurnsVolunteer & CareerMastersWilmington
PiedmontMathewG.BrittVolunteer & CareerMastersSeven Lakes
WesternKevinA.GordonVolunteer & CareerMastersWaco Community

NCSFA Grant Program

EasternOleD.KoehmstedtVolunteerGrantCleveland
RyanD.BensonCareerGrantCleveland
MathewW.CoxCareerGrantBald Head Island
PiedmontE.G.BurrCareerGrantGarner

Submit Your Photos

It’s time for a new and improved NCSFA.com!

Photos above courtesy Lee Wilson, Raleigh, NC.

We will be renovating and improving YOUR North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association website in the near future. The site will of course be mobile responsive (meaning friendly viewing, reading and navigating on your mobile device).

To help get things started, we are asking firefighters to submit photos to be used on the new site. We’re looking for photos with people (firefighters) in them. They can be current or historical. Include training, incidents, your station or apparatus…. but please include people in the shots. Take a group shot at your next training session in front of your best truck. It’s that simple.

We’ll need them in digital format, so if it’s an old photo, please scan and upload.

2016 Photo Submissions

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Criminal History Checks on Firefighters and Rescue Members

Last year the General Assembly passed HB 698 which allowed Fire Chief’s to conduct criminal background checks on new and existing personnel, volunteer or career. These checks (G.S. 143B-943) are at the Chief’s discretion, and the information may be used to consider employment or membership.

 

Procedure for Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services agencies to receive criminal history records checks of applicants and current members (NCGS 143B-943) 

February 2015 

1) Requests can only be made by a designated Homeland Security director (paid only), a local fire chief of a rated fire department (paid or volunteer), a county fire marshal(paid only), an emergency services director(paid only). This will be the Authorized Official.

2) Each Authorized Official (such as fire chief) must request and submit an Access Agreement form for its agency. The Access Agreement may be requested by calling 919.582.8600 or emailing ciishelp@ncdoj.gov . The Access Agreement must be completed, signed, notarized and mailed back to the SBI Criminal Identification Section.

Address: NC SBI

P.O. Box 29500

Raleigh, NC 27626-0500

Approval of the Agreement should take 2-4 weeks.

3) An initial supply of blank fingerprint cards will be provided by the SBI in the agreement package. More fingerprint cards can be ordered from the SBI by following instructions included in the agreement package.

4) Using the fingerprint card provided, the fire chief arranges for each applicant or member to have fingerprinting done at their local police department or sheriff’s office to ensure that it is done properly. There may be a local fee for this, depending on local practice.

5) The completed fingerprint card is returned to the fire chief, who will then mail it to the Criminal Identification Section at the address above. There is a 38.00 fee per card submitted. This will be billed back to the fire department (as per the Agreement) at the end of each month.

6) The results of the criminal history records check will be mailed back to the fire chief. This will typically be within 1-2 weeks from receipt of the fingerprint card to the SBI. All information provided is privileged information and for the exclusive use of the fire chief only for the purpose authorized in NC General Statute 143B-943, and must be locked and secured at all times. Specific responsibilities and requirements are explained in the access agreement.

7) (GUIDANCE FOR USE OF DATA FOR FIRE CHIEF) -If the applicant’s or current member’s verified criminal history record check reveals one or more convictions, then the conviction shall constitute just cause for not selecting the applicant for the position or for dismissing the current member from a current position with the local fire department or emergency medical services. The conviction shall not automatically prohibit volunteering or employment; however, the following factors shall be considered by the local Homeland Security director, local fire chief, county fire marshal, emergency services director, or local law enforcement agency in

determining whether the position shall be denied or the current member dismissed from a current position:

(a) The level and seriousness of the crime;

(b) The date of the crime;

(c) The age of the person at the time of the conviction;

(d) The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known;

(e) The nexus between the criminal conduct of the person and the duties of the person;

(f) The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the person since the date the crime was committed; and

(g) The subsequent commission by the person of a crime listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(h) The local fire department or emergency medical services may deny the applicant or current member the position or dismiss an applicant or current member who refuses to consent to a criminal history record check or use of fingerprints or other identifying information required by the State or National Repositories of Criminal Histories. This refusal constitutes just cause for the denial of the position or the dismissal from a current position.

(i) The local fire department or emergency medical services may also extend a conditional offer of the position pending the results of a criminal history record check.

 

 

Behavioral Health Warning Signs

Here is a new video the NVFC has released regarding some behavioral health warning signs.

Please take a look and feel free to share this with your members and networks.

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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.