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2014 SAFRE Registration Now Open! #WeAre


 

2014 SAFRE Registration Now Open!

Click here to register now for the Full Conference (Pre-Conference Training, Workshops and Expo) or buy a Day Pass.

 

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North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Legislative Day

On behalf of the board and staff of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that attended the 2014 NCSFA Legislative Day.  Having you there in uniform made for a truly impressive prescence in the halls of the legislature.

We spent our day visiting with members of the House and Senate asking them for support for the bills that effect our membership.  Without the support of each of our members, especially the more than 150 that came to Raleigh to advocate in person, we could not be as successful as we have been this legislative session.

Thank you all again for your efforts.  We have made great strides and will continue to do great things for the North Carolina Fire Service with your continued support.

Stay safe,

Tommy Cole, President

NC State Firemen’s Association

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IRS Announces that Volunteers will not be Treated as Employees Under Obamacare

 

IRS Announces that Volunteers will not be Treated as Employees Under Obamacare

 

 

Published Date: 01.11.2014

 

On January 10, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur posted a notice on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s blog that the IRS, “…will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at governmental or tax-exempt organizations to be counted when determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents).” This is exactly what the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) had asked for in a September 9 letter to the IRS regarding this issue.

 

“This is very good news for the nation’s volunteer fire and EMS community,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “We’ll need to wait and see what the final implementing regulations say to ensure that they address our concerns fully but based on the information in Assistant Secretary Mazur’s announcement it appears that emergency services agencies will not be forced to provide health insurance coverage to volunteer personnel under Obamacare.”

 

The Treasury announcement references having reviewed, “…statutory provisions that apply to bona fide volunteers under Section 457(e)(11) of the Tax Code…” in reaching the decision not to treat volunteers as employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Section 457(e)(11)(i) is a definition of bona fide volunteer that allows for individuals to be treated as volunteers even if they receive compensation for performing services in the form of reimbursement for reasonable expenses or reasonable benefits such as length of service awards or nominal fees.

 

Ensuring that nominally compensated volunteers would not be considered employees under the PPACA has been a top priority for the NVFC. Click on the articles below for more information on this issue.

http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Treasury-Ensures-Fair-Treatment-for-Volunteer-Firefighters-and-Emergency-Responders-under-the-Affordable-Care-Act-Under-ACA.aspx

 

House Bill 532: Alcohol in Emergency Vehicles

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2013 SESSION LAW 2013-105 HOUSE BILL 532 

 

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AN ACT TO MAKE IT A CRIME TO OPERATE AN AMBULANCE, EMS VEHICLE, FIREFIGHTING VEHICLE, OR LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE UPON ANY HIGHWAY, STREET, OR PUBLIC VEHICULAR AREA WITHIN THE STATE WHILE CONSUMING ALCOHOL OR WHILE ALCOHOL REMAINS IN THE PERSON’S BODY.

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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