Congressman McHenry along with Congressmen Budd, Hudson, Bishop, Foxx, Murphy and Rouzer have introduced HR 3874, legislation that would allow full-time nonprofit firefighters and emergency medical service workers to join a state or local retirement system. As you are all keenly aware, this is a … [Read more...] about McHenry Introduces Legislation Supporting Volunteer Firefighters
Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2021 North Carolina Fire Service Legislative Day. Great things are accomplished when we come together and speak with one voice. Over 150 North Carolina Firefighters came out on May 5, 2021 to Raleigh to meet with their Senators and Representatives. The … [Read more...] about North Carolina Fire Service Legislative Day 2021
Cancer Legislation For the NC Fire Service Passes NC House Health Committee HB 535, Firefighters Fighting Cancer passed the House Health Committee today and moves to Finance. This is a Cancer Insurance Bill that provides benefits for firefighters who contract cancer after January 1, 2022. It … [Read more...] about Cancer Legislation For the NC Fire Service Passes NC House Health Committee
The North Carolina Fire Service Legislative Day is May 5th. It is critical we show our support and let our Representatives know what the key issues are for the fire service in North Carolina. Please plan to attend and make our voices heard. When: May 5, 2021 Where: NC Department of … [Read more...] about North Carolina Fire Service Legislative Day – May 5, 2021
The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program distributes funding through state foresters to local fire departments to help them prepare to fight wildland fire. Representatives Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Mike Bost (R-IL) are circulating a sign-on letter seeking a $1 million increase for VFA in FY … [Read more...] about Tell Congress to Help Volunteer Fire Departments Fight Wildland Fire!
During the 2019/2020 Legislative Session the joint Legislative Committee of the NCSFA and NCAFC discussed the priority of Cancer Legislation for the fire service and what needed to be done to secure passage. Both self-funded workers compensation systems used in NC for the fire service feared the … [Read more...] about Cancer Legislation For the NC Fire Service
The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act waives a requirement that volunteer fire departments receive at least 25% of Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding to purchase PPE to protect personnel from exposure to COVID-19. Use the NVFC's Legislative Action … [Read more...] about Tell Congress to Restore Volunteer Fire Department Funding Protections in the HEROES Act!
By Tim Bradley, NCSFA Executive Director On occasion I’m asked the question, “why can’t you guys (get so and so) passed”. It’s a disheartening question to me, because it suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of how the political system works. It’s often compounded with the knowledge that the … [Read more...] about Is the Giant Sleeping or Content with the Bigger Picture?