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Wednesday June 21, 2017

NFPA Appoints Chief Cash to Board of Directors

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) elected Chief Jeff Cash to its board of directors on June 4th at the NFPA annual Conference & Expo in Boston. His three-year term takes effect upon the close of the conference.

Chief Cash serves as the Fire Chief and Emergency Manager for the City of Cherryville, North Carolina, Fire Department. He has been a member of the department since 1981, previously serving as a firefighter, driver engineer, captain and training officer.

Chief Cash also serves as Deputy Executive Director of the North Carolina Fire Chiefs Association, and as past president of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association and the Western North Carolina Association of Firefighters. He also serves on the executive committee of the National Volunteer Fire Council, and is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

 

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

 

The Board, staff and all of the NCSFA members congratulate Chief Cash on a job well done and wish him the best of luck on this new appointment!

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.

Damage to the NCSFA Office from Downtown Raleigh Fire

The Office of the NC State Firefighters’ Association suffered extensive damage due to a fire in a six story lightweight construction building being built across the street. It was a five alarm fire for the City of Raleigh and their crews did a fantastic job. The office has sustained significant water and some heat damage. All the windows on the Jones Street side were blown out by heat and all the offices on the Jones Street side had sprinklers activated.
We are going to have to find alternate office space for the time being. I suspect reparing the damage to this building will take more than 6 months. The Board and Staff of NCSFA would like to let you know that for a few days service will be intermittent, but we will get things back up to 100% as rapidly as possible. If you experience a delay in a response or have a critical need that cannot wait, here are a couple of cell numbers:
Tim Bradley – 919-376-5135
Ed Brinson – 919-605-0115
Thank you for your patience during this time.

STATE HEALTH PLAN AVAILABLE FOR FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL

STATE HEALTH PLAN AVAILABLE FOR FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL

If you are an active firefighter or rescue squad worker or a member of the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Workers’ Pension Fund, under certain conditions you may be eligible to purchase health coverage for you and your family under the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees on a fully contributory basis. G.S. 135-48.40(d).

Who may be eligible to participate?

 

  • Members actively serving as firefighters or rescue squad workers and retired members who receive a monthly benefit from the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Squad Workers’ Pension Fund.

 

  • Dependents of members, including spouses and natural, legally adopted, or foster children up to the end of the month of their 26th

 

Participation is voluntary, but to be eligible to participate you must be:

 

  • Certified by your Fire Department, Rescue Squad, or Emergency Medical Services Unit Head/Administrator.

 

  • Ineligible for any other comprehensive group health insurance coverage, including Medicare, CHAMPUS, or other uniformed services benefits.

 

  • Without coverage under a comprehensive group health benefit plan for at least 6 consecutive months.

 

See the attached rate sheet for a breakdown of monthly premium rates associated with the Plan’s 2017 coverage options.

 

For more information regarding coverage options, enrollment, and eligibility visit shp.nctreasurer.com or contact the North Carolina State Health Plan at 855-859-0966.

 

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.