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Tuesday November 21, 2017

State Health Plan for Fire/Rescue Personnel – Updated Contact Info

Due to a review of IRS Regulations, the State Treasurers Office has determined that non-governmental fire departments (non-profits) are not eligible to participate in the State Health Plan. Those currently participating will be contacted at some point in the future to transition their coverage to another plan.

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 birthday.
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.
For more information regarding coverage options, enrollment, and eligibility contact Rita at 919-814-4400.

Firefighter Health Study

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in coordination with the National Volunteer Fire Council, are seeking volunteer firefighters to participate in a study on the health benefits to emergency responders and their families of using the Mediterranean Diet. Participants will have access to online tools and strategies for implementing healthier eating habits to minimize the risk of developing serious chronic diseases.

 

Volunteer/call firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel ages 18 and older along with their spouses or significant others are eligible to participate. Participation is free, confidential, and can be withdrawn at any time. All participants will have access to a series of online tools specifically designed to help firefighters and their families improve their health.

 

To participate, simply fill out the introductory questionnaire found here: https://tinyurl.com/MedDietSurveyVolunteers

 

Shorter follow-up questionnaires will be sent to participants once every three months for the next year to monitor progress. The goal of the program is to improve health, reduce risks of heart disease and other serious illnesses, and help inform future firefighter health interventions.

 

If you have any questions, please email: medfirediet@hsph.harvard.edu

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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.

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.

Incident Report Training

EMBARGOED UNTIL
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
12:00 P.M. EASTERN
11:00 A.M. CENTRAL
10:00 A.M. MOUNTAIN
9:00 A.M. PACIFIC

Philip Oakes, National Program Director
307-433-8078
admin@firemarshals.org

To help identify causes of fatal fires nationwide, NASFM launches online training program

Training focuses on importance of accurately reporting the causes of all fires

Cheyenne, WY, (November 12, 2014) – Last year, fires killed over 3,000 people, injured more than 15,000 and caused an estimated $11.5 billion in damage, Over a five-year period, the cause of ignition in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) was unknown in almost three out of every five home fire deaths, according to the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. Recognizing the reporting gap in NFIRS, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has launched a free, online training program for the fire service, “Understanding Your Role in Fire Incident Data,” available at NASFM’s training portal www.nasfm-training.org.

The new training program is the result of a project by NASFM’s Fire Education Research Foundation, funded by a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, to determine the root causes contributing to the reporting gap and develop a training solution to help fire departments across the nation with stronger reporting practices.

“The new training program addresses such an important gap in our national fire incident data,” said Butch Browning, NASFM President and Louisiana State Fire Marshal. “If we don’t know what is causing these fires, we really can’t work effectively to prevent them with solutions that specifically address the root problems. By explaining to fire fighters and chief officers the critical importance of accurately reporting the cause of fires, big and small, in their communities, we can go a long ways towards closing this gap.”

To ensure that the program was applicable in as many environments as possible, the NASFM Foundation developed it in close collaboration with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Fire Information Council, National Fire Protection Association, National Volunteer Fire Council, the North American Fire Training Directors, the United States Fire Administration and the Vision 20/20 project.

Research conducted for this project identified four areas that contributed to this data gap that are addressed in the training program:

• Closing the loop. So often, there is a disconnect within fire departments between those who make the initial fire report entry, such as the line officer, and the fire investigator who later determines the cause of the fire, and the initial report is not updated with the new information.
• Clearing the litigation cloud. Fire departments are often reluctant to enter the cause of the fire unless they are 100% sure because of the potential for being called to task later during any court proceedings.
• Black Hole. A number of people interviewed for the project had an inaccurate impression that the information went into a “black hole” and didn’t really make any difference, either locally or nationally.
• Complexity. The current NFIRS systems is perceived as being overly complex and not user-friendly, which discourages those using it from taking the time to accurately enter the information.

This online course at www.nasfm-training.org takes approximately one hour and a certificate of completion is available after finishing the course that can be used for continuing education requirements. In addition, since this training program is self-guided, it can be easily incorporated into recruit training at a fire academy or station level and used by full-time, call and volunteer fire departments.

About the NASFM Foundation

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation), a 501(c)(3) organization, works with companies, government agencies, associations, academic institutions and others that strive to achieve higher levels of fire safety for consumers and for the emergency response community. The NASFM Foundation works to support the mission of the National Association of State Fire Marshals — to protect life, property and the environment from fire and related hazards — through science, innovation, research and education.

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