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Friday April 29, 2016

Thankful for Commitment

This will be my last blog post as NCSFA President. Next week, at the 2011 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo the gavel will be passed on to Eastern representative Bill Jones, Chief of Lower Currituck FD. This years Expo theme is “Commitment.” This past year, during my term as President, I have been amazed by the commitment displayed by NCSFA staff, executive board and other state and regional agencies/associations. There are so many that care deeply about the firefighters of this great state and are committed to bettering the fire service. Its been an honor and privilege to serve with these fine folks. I truly wish Chief Jones the very best in the upcoming year and may god watch over each and every member of our great association.

Yours in service,
R. Scott Alderman

Thoughts and Prayers

On behalf of the executive board and staff of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association our thoughts and prayers are with the families and firefighters of Asheville Fire Department.

Piney Grove Firefighter’s Legacy Lives On

Kernersville, NC – Matthew McAlexander, a 19 y/o volunteer firefighter with the Piney Grove Volunteer Fire Department, in Forsyth County, passed away Tuesday morning as the result of being critically injured in a boating accident during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Tragically, Matthew’s step brother, Joshua Rowley, 12 y/o, was also killed in the same accident.

Local news media has been covering this story since word spread thru the community about the accident. This evening a local news station ran a story regarding Matthew’s service to the community and his choice of being an organ donor. Click here to view the story. Matthew, affectionally nicknamed “Smallbury” by the Piney Grove firefighters, made a decision that most young people do not think much about or consider. His compassion and willingness to help others is evident thru his service as a volunteer firefighter and his decision to be an organ donor.

On behalf of the staff and board of directors of the NCSFA, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rowley Family and the members of the Piney Grove Fire Department. I pray God reaches out to you and helps you thru this difficult time.

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NCSFA Annual Conference

RALEIGH – Registration is now open for the 124th Annual Conference of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. The conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, August 10-13.

The conference originally started as an annual meeting of association members to conduct NCSFA business. Since 1887 the annual meeting has evolved into a comprehensive regional fire-rescue expo which provides attendees opportunities that include: pre-conference hands on training, workshops on the latest trends and topics, inspirational keynote speakers, state and partnering association/agency meetings, multiple networking opportunities, and 150,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Representatives from the fire-rescue services and vendor industry have worked diligently to create a conference that focuses on the latest trends that impact our profession. No matter the size or make up of a department (volunteer, combination, fully career, one station or multiple stations), attendees will find that this conference will be beneficial to their organization.

The NCSFA has implemented a new online registration system to help departments or individual members register for the conference so visit the South Atlantic Fire-Rescue Expo website to view the conference schedule and register today!

Looking forward to seeing you in Raleigh!

Take care and stay safe,
R. Scott Alderman
President, NCSFA

N.C. Fire Services heading to Washington D.C.

Raleigh, NC – Tuesday, fire service representatives from across North Carolina will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the 23rd annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars. In conjunction with the seminars, N.C. fire service attendees will be meeting with each member from the N.C. congressional delegation on Wednesday, April 6. The purpose of these meetings is to carry a common voice from the N.C. fire services to our delegation on national fire and emergency services issues. Funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants will be top priority. I have attached the legislative handout outlining all the issues that will be discussed at these meetings. I ask that all N.C. fire service personnel look over the attached legislative handout and monitor these issues.

This week is going to be an interesting week in Washington D.C. as congress tries to approve an operating budget or face a government shutdown. Our N.C. fire service representatives will be in D.C. during a challenging time and it is very important that we follow up on the issues outlined in the legislative handout, after this week, to help move them forward. If you have any questions about the items in the legislative handout or how you can help contact and discuss them with your congressional representative please contact the NCSFA office. Take care and be safe!

Click image to view legislative handout