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Tuesday November 21, 2017

House Bill 532: Alcohol in Emergency Vehicles






The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 20-138.2B(a) reads as rewritten:

§ 20-138.2B. Operating a school bus, school activity bus, or child care vehicle vehicle, ambulance, other EMS vehicle, firefighting vehicle, or law enforcement vehicle after consuming alcohol. 

(a) Offense. – A person commits the offense of operating a school bus, school activity bus, or child care vehicle vehicle, ambulance, other emergency medical services vehicle, firefighting vehicle, or law enforcement vehicle after consuming alcohol if the person drives a school bus, school activity bus, or child care vehicle vehicle, ambulance, other emergency medical services vehicle, firefighting vehicle, or law enforcement vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within the State while consuming alcohol or while alcohol remains in the person’s body. This section does not apply to law enforcement officers acting in the course of, and within the scope of, their official duties.”

SECTION 2. This act becomes effective December 1, 2013, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 5th day of June, 2013.

s/ Daniel J. Forest, President of the Senate

s/ Thom Tillis, Speaker of the House of Representatives

s/ Pat McCrory, Governor

Approved 4:30 p.m. this 12th day of June, 2013

Affordable Care Act Call to Action

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NCSFA and NCAFC would like for our members to act now in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Contact your Representative and Senators using this form letter.  You may obtain the address for each Senator or Representative here.  For more information visit the IAFC’s webpage.

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NCSFA Strategic Plan 2013/2014

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NCSFA Strategic Plan 2013-2014

The NCSFA Board of Directors and Staff gathered together in Sylva, NC at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department to develop the organization’s strategic plan for 2013-2014.  The plan was developed with the guidance of Chief R. Scott Alderman who facilitated the planning session and Board President, Tommy Cole.  Click the link above or click on the first page of the strategic plan document to review what the Executive Board has laid out for the coming year.




Bereavement Uniform Program


‘Taking Care of Those Who took Care of Us’ ™

After fifteen years, the Lighthouse Uniform Company’s  Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform Program has dropped the LODD requirement and is making a dress uniform for burial purposes available to any family wanting one.  The new program is called the Bereavement Uniform.

It is a collaborative effort between the Fire Service and the Lighthouse Uniform Company.  It calls for departments and firefighters to check their ‘closets’ for dress uniforms ‘surplused’ or no longer fitting and to send them in to the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse cleans, refurbishes, reconfigures to rank and makes them available to any family requesting one for burial purposes, at ‘no cost’ to the family.  The only charge is for freight which will be billed to the affiliated department.

The Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP) does not live on the Lighthouse website and a dedicated BUP webpage has been built to insure easy, timely access for all and from all indications, the long term viability of the program is directly related to staying in a department’s ‘line of sight’.

To that end, please link the program to your department website. 

When you do, the members of your department, active and retired, and their families will have easy, timely access, anonymity if so desired, and your linking will help keep the Bereavement Uniform Program at the top of Internet searches.

The html code to use; <p><a href=””>lighthouse-fire-dept-class-a-bereavement-uniform-program</a></p>. 

The link on your dept. website will read; lighthouse-fire-dept-class-a-bereavement-uniform-program. 

If you need any help, have any questions, would like to engage the Bereavement Uniform Program, either to donate or receive, please don’t hesitate to call. There is, of course, neither cost nor obligation, only the satisfaction of ‘taking care of those who took care of us’.

Very best regards,

Steve Cohen, Pres.
Lighthouse Uniform Company

NCSFA Announces New Executive Director – Tim Bradley



April 2013

From:  President Phil Welch and the Executive Board
The selection process for a new Executive Director has ended and Tim Bradley will replace Paul Miller as the Executive Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  All of you who know Tim realize that he is well qualified for this position, and we are fortunate to have a leader of his ability selected to run this organization. Please see Tim’s biographical information below.
Tim Bradley, FIFireE, CFO, EFO
NC Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance
Tim has been in the fire service for 37 years. He began his career serving on the Mebane Fire Department, holding the position of Chief for seven years. In 1985, he became Executive Director of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, which handles various fire and rescue related programs, including all levels of professional certification and qualification. In 1994, he was promoted to Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance in charge of the newly formed Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). He serves North Carolina as State Fire/Rescue Training Director.
Tim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He has earned his CFO from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a Fellow with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Tim Chaired the National Fire Protection Associations Professional Qualification Committee for Fire Instructor for 15 years and served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress for 14 year, has served as a Board member for 20 years, and was a Charter member of the Board. He is currently serving on the Board of the International Accreditation Service in the ICC, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the NC Jaycee Burn Center. For the past four years he has served as a Board Member for the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Involved in numerous programs at the national and international level, he has spoken at conferences in South Africa, France, England, and several Canadian Provinces. In 2007 at the request of the National Volunteer Fire Council, he testified before Congress concerning interoperability in emergency radio communications.
He was awarded North Carolina’s Firefighter of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2007 he was awarded Firehouse Magazines Heroism Award for the rescue of a five year old boy from a house fire. He has received his department’s award for valor, and firefighter of the year award twice. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the NC Association of Building Inspectors, and in 2007 he was awarded the State Employee Award of Excellence, the highest award given to State Employees. In 2007 he was recognized by the Institute of Fire Engineers as a Fellow, and carries the designation FIFirE. He writes articles for several quarterly publications and has had articles published in several fire service and fire engineering magazines.
Tim currently manages the NC Office of State Fire Marshal which has a staff of 112 people. Their responsibilities include: conduct building plan review; provide code consultation; handles the qualification of code enforcement officials statewide; administers the State Building and Fire Codes; administers the State Manufactured Housing regulations; develops code training courses; staffs the State Building Code Council; conducts fire and rescue training; provide support for the state fire and rescue certification programs; administer the fire and rescue grant and relief funds; and provides guidance statewide in the development of public fire education and injury prevention programs.
In addition to his employment and fire service related activities, as well as his career as a volunteer firefighter spanning 37 years, Tim serves as an elected member of the Mebane City Council, serves as a Deacon in his Church, and teaches Sunday School and bible studies. His hobbies include woodworking, writing poetry, hunting and golf. He resides with his wife Vickie and four daughters in Mebane.



The Board would like to thank Paul Miller for his dedication and service to the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  Paul served as the Executive Director for 23 years and has successfully led the Association through many changes and challenges over those years.  We wish Paul the best during his retirement.  Paul will be the Executive Director through the end of August and we are happy to say that he will be available to assist the NCSFA with any needs we might have following his departure as Executive Director.