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Saturday March 25, 2017

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.

 

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

CPSE Workshop: Quality Improvement Through Accreditation April 12-14, 2017

Greensboro Fire Department & CFAI Host a CPSE Workshop: Quality Improvement Through Accreditation April 12-14, 2017

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.