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Sunday November 19, 2017

2011 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo Vendor Registration Now Open

The SOLD OUT 2010 Vendor Floor at the Raleigh Convention Center.

RALEIGH – On-line Vendor registration for the 2011 South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo is now available.

The conference will once again be held in Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center in activity-filled Downtown.

The dates for this year’s Conference are August 10-13. The Vendor Hall will be open on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.

The show was a complete sell-out in 2010, so don’t delay in securing your spot.

Click here to proceed directly to on-line Vendor registration.

Click images to enlarge. Photos courtesy IWP Photography.

Call for Honor Guards and Pipe Bands for NCFFF Memorial in May Photo.

RALEIGH – The 6th Annual North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th in downtown Raleigh.

The NCFFF has asked that all Honor Guards and Pipe Bands interested in participating in the event complete the 2011 Honor Guard Registration Form. Download the pdf form here.

The candlelight service is scheduled for Friday evening; the parade and memorial service will be held on Saturday.

(Information authority Battalion Chief Rick Wood, Skyland Fire Rescue, NCFFF Western Regional Director)

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Transitioning to a Combination Department

Garner firefighters battle a house fire on December 31, 2010. Lee Wilson Photo

Transitioning from a volunteer department to a department with part-time or full-time employees can be difficult.

NFPA Standards, OSHA Regulations, Federal/State Labor Laws and IRS rules impact a department’s transformation from an all volunteer department to a combination department. The number of combination departments in North Carolina increase year after year, especially in the non-profit (501-C3, 501-C4) departments.

In 2010, it was estimated that there are roughly 1600 fulltime employees and approximately 3200 part-time employees of non-profit fire departments in our state and that number increases each year.

Below are links to resources that combination departments or departments transitioning to combination may find helpful.

It is recommended that all departments seek legal counsel and a CPA to assist them thru the transition.

International Association of Fire Chiefs / Volunteer Combination Chief Officer Section:
Red Ribbon Report – Leading the Transition in Volunteer and Combination Departments

North Carolina Department of Labor (NC OSHA)

National Fire Protection Association (standards can be viewed on-line at no charge)

OSFM Occupational Safety and Health Planning Document

NCAFC Fire Service Reference Manual