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Wednesday July 30, 2014

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

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. Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Raleigh, N.C. – The sixth annual N.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 1:00 pm in historic Nash Square in downtown Raleigh. A Memorial Parade will begin at 10:00am. At this year’s service two firefighters will be honored; Chad Green from Union Cross Fire Department (11/4/2009) and Adam Miller from Belmont Fire Department (12/29/2009.) Chad served as the volunteer Deputy Chief with Union Cross and was a career fire equipment operator with High Point Fire Department.  Adam was recently hired as a career firefighter with Belmont and he served as a volunteer Lieutenant with Millers Creek Fire Department in Wilkes County.  Adam’s passing came just 10 months after the loss of another Millers Creek firefighter, William Parsons (2/1/2009.)

Up to date memorial service information can be found on the N.C. Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NCFFF) website. The foundation has been working diligently on the planning of the annual memorial service. In addition to the memorial service the NCFFF helps provide immediate support to fire departments and families of fallen firefighters in the event of firefighter death. Check out their recently updated website for additional details on the support services they provide.  You can also help support the foundation by making a donation on their site.

I hope you or a representative from your department will travel to Raleigh May 6 and join families and fellow firefighters honor the fallen for their service and dedication to the fire services of this great state.

Take Care and Stay Safe !

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 !