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Tuesday May 03, 2016

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

FDIC – Friday

Indianapolis, IN – Today’s schedule included a class on boat operations followed by day 2 of exhibits. As we were walking around today I took notice of the international presence amongst the products. Rosenbauer had a European style fire helmet in their exhibit area. The Heros-XT helmet had two built in shields, one for full face protection and the other for eye protection. Another product of interest came from Canada. The Shutgun was a caulk gun style sprinkler wedge with a built in fusible link. Over in the Wheeled Coach booth on display was a four wheel drive ambulance from Ecuador. Holmatro rolled out a new tool for breaking concrete and other large debris in structural collapse applications.

New technology was also showcased by vendors. The Ipad was found in many applications, such as mobile inspections. On display in the MSA booth was the flat airpack being tested by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and Mine Safety Applicance (MSA.) This has been a wonderful conference with many learning opportunities both from the classroom and thru the exhibits. Tomorrow we fly back home and I am looking forward to seeing my family ! Everyone take care and be safe !

FDIC – Thursday

Indianapolis, IN – I finally found my way back to the hotel room to rest my tired feet after a long day of walking. My Thursday at FDIC started with the General Session followed by a workshop instructed by Retired FDNY Deputy Chief John Norman. I had the pleasure of running into several North Carolina firefighters from across our state today. After a brief lunch with friends we began our journey around the exhibits, which opened today.

For those of you that have not attended FDIC, I encourage you to make at least one trip up to Indy to experience the enormous vendor show. Spread throughout the Indiana Convention Center, across South Street and into Lucas Oil Stadium, is what I believe to be the largest trade show in the nation. There is no way to take in all the exhibits in one day because of the sheer number of vendors and vast amount of products. At FDIC you can expect to see anything and everything related to the fire service. Many manufacturers utilize FDIC as the show to rollout their new products. Scott Safety rolled out a new RIT-PAK III and Eagle Attack thermal imaging camera (TIC). Both appear to be great products for the fire service. At Hurst we found newly designed power units and their line of eDRAULIC tools. Hurst also had an area set up outside of the convention center where you could try out their tools and see for yourself how they work. Pierce unveiled a new Dash CF Pumper with lots of room in between the driver and officer seats and amazing view out the front windshield. E-One introduced a 137′ ladder truck as well.

Be on the lookout for these and other new fire service products coming to your fire station soon. Until tomm, be safe and take care !

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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