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Friday November 28, 2014

Friend of Firefighters Award Presented

President Scott Alderman and Representative Dale R. Folwell

 

RALEIGH – The first ever Friend of Firefighters award was presented to Representative Dale R. Folwell of Forsyth County during the 2011 Legislative Day event held May 17th.

In 2009 Representative Folwell sponsored and worked diligently to pass House Bill 557. This bill, entitled “An Act to Enact the Future Volunteer Firefighters and Rescue Squad Members Act of North Carolina”, helped resolve issues surrounding the junior firefighter programs.

He has protected and defended many important issues related to funding for fire service programs. He has taken the time to become well educated on the programs and issues of the fire service and he has kept his door open and been accessible to our members.

We are proud and appreciative of the work done by Representative Folwell on our behalf. It is only fitting that he should be recognized for his efforts. Thank you Representative Folwell. We are indebted to you for your service.

2011 Legislative Day

NCSFA Members arrive at the Legislative Building in Raleigh.

 

RALEIGH – On Tuesday, May 17th, the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association sponsored the annual Legislative Day.We had 70 firefighters from all across North Carolina come to Raleigh to participate in the event.

Most all of our fire service organizations were represented.  We all owe these 70 firefighters thanks for the outstanding job they did.

Legislators were visited and thanked for their support, issues were presented and questions were answered by this group of firefighters.  The end result has been a very positive response from legislators and their staff.  We have been told repeatedly how polite and well informed our delegation was as they made their visits and presentations.  The entire fire service will benefit from the hard work of these 70 members.

Our hope is that next year this 70 will turn into 150 and those into 300. We have 120 members in the House and 50 members in the Senate.  Our hope is that one day we will have someone from each House and each Senate member’s district to visit them.  That would give us maximum exposure and increase our results.  Never underestimate the power of your visit.

We will see positive results from this year and hopefully even better results as our attendance increases.  Thank you again to those who came.  You did a marvelous job.  Please come back next year and bring someone with you.

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

Legislative Day 2011 Set: May 17

NCSFA President Wesley Greene (left) and Executive Director Paul Miller enter the Legislative Building in Raleigh in 2010.

RALEIGH – May 17, 2011 is the date of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Legislative Day.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

It has been said a thousand times but it is so true—legislators want to speak to members they represent.  House and Senate members respond best to those who vote for them.  There are 120 members in the House of Representatives and 50 members in the Senate.

A large number of our members of the General Assembly are new and beginning to learn the process.  This is a most important time to make friends and tell our story.  We need our members from the East, West and Piedmont to attend.

Our goal is to have at least one member from each district in Raleigh on May 17th to meet and greet your House and Senate members.  More details will follow as we better define the events of the day.