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Wednesday October 01, 2014

NCFFF Memorial Service & Mothers Day

Raleigh, NC – Today, the N.C. fire service recognized two fallen brothers (Chad Green and Adam Miller) at the 2011 N.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The NCFFF, honor guards, bag pipers and support personnel did a tremendous job organizing and delivering this year’s service.  Before the service I spoke with Frankie Capps from Union Road Fire Department. Officers and firefighters from Union Road Fire Department traveled up Saturday to attend the service. Frankie had it right today when he said that all firefighters, especially new firefighters, should attend the memorial service and witness firsthand how the loss of a brother or sister impacts families and fellow firefighters. If you haven’t taken the opportunity, I suggest next year you do what Union Road did today, load up your newest firefighters and share a message thru a powerful experience.

To all Moms out there, may you have a happy and blessed Mothers Day!

Be Safe and Take Care.

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!

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FDIC – Wednesday

Indianapolis, IN – FDIC was ‘officially’ kicked off this morning with an inspirational opening. At the opening ceremonies, FDNY Captain Micheal Dugan’s keynote address centered around the question, “Why Are You Here.”

According to Captain Dugan the fire service is loosing grip on its core values. Dugan stated, “If your vocation and advocation is one in the same, you will never work a day in your life.”

Interesting statement, as I believe what he says has a lot of merit to it. Just the other day at my fire department we were having a discussion about how far several of us would dip into our own pockets, take time off from work or use whatever means possible to attend trainings and conferences. We did this because we enjoyed it and we wanted to make our communities, departments and selves better. Pride and ownership are values that the fire service today very much needs to hold on to. Firefighters should not expect handouts or wait around for someone else to do it for them. Whether you are a volunteer or career firefighter, I hope you take ownership in your duties, department and community. I think you will find that once you take ownership you will enjoy what you are doing.

Take care, be safe and look for my FDIC update tomm !

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