Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association

ECFA Mission Statement: To support each member by providing education, information and representation for the fire service of Eastern North Carolina.

About Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association

We support our mission by promoting informed and progressive leadership through professionalism, dedication and integrity. We shall also foster a professional and personal relationship among our membership, and each strive to assist the return of our personnel safely to their families.

ECFA Returns To Dare County For April Meeting

Wednesday, March 18, 2015  The ECFA will hold our quarterly meeting in Dare County overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  The meeting is being hosted by the Colington Fire Department and will be held at Jennette's Pier, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959.

For attendees that would like to fish while they are on the Outer Banks, the pier has offered a 10 percent discount on the fishing fee (not including bait) and free rod rental. Come early and enjoy a little fishing before the meeting!  We hope you will join the ECFA for some fishing, food and an informative meeting too.

The evening will begin with a meal sponsored by MES served at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7.  All we need now is an RSVP by April 2 to help plan the meal.  Simply email Glenn Rainey at chief15@outlook.com or call (252) 441-6234.



Hoppin 5K To Benefit Fire Captain's Son

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  The Hoppin 5K race and fun run is scheduled for April 3, and will benefit the Gray family.  Mac Gray is a long time member of the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department and serves as Captain.  The race will be held in Manteo, NC. 

Eight year old Ivy Gray was born 16 weeks early, weighing a tiny 1 lb 8 oz. Mac and Megan Gray, like any parent, had dreams of a healthy baby boy. Those dreams were shattered on April 20, 2006, when Megan went into pre-term labor. Ivy spent 138 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. Megan and Mac watched him fight for his life through a plastic incubator wall, praying for his survival, although the odds were not in his favor.

Ivy beat the odds, and has done so everyday since. He currently battles Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, feeding difficulties, and severe developmental delays. Ivy has been through 25 surgeries, two in just the last 6 months. His most recent surgeries include one to place a third VP shunt in his brain, and another to release major tendons and muscles in both legs. In the coming year, Ivy will likely receive a prosthetic eye, as he has lost all sight in one eye.

He currently sees a number of therapists, and continues to stay very involved in the medical world. Each year, and even each day, can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. But every minute of the ride is worth it for Mac and Megan, when they see him smile. Ivy truly is a happy, energetic, kind hearted eight year old boy, who can light up a room with his sense of humor and laughter. Ivy has yet to fully win his war with life and has much still ahead, but he wins the battle each and every day.

If you would like to participate or help, simply follow this link for more information.  



Fire Officer Symposium in New Hanover County

Tuesday, February 10, 2015  New Hanover County Fire Rescue is pleased to offer the 2015 NHCFR Fire Officer Symposium with nationally renowned instructors.  The symposium offers fire officers, both current and future, a fresh perspective on topics that are relevant in today's fire service.

The first session, focusing on leadership, is Leadership Tenants for the Individual, for Large Organizations, and during Crisis.  This class will be held March 11 and 12 and will be led by Colonel Royal Mortenson.

The second session, focuses on tactics, is Bringing Fire Dynamics Research to the Fireground - SLICE-RS, and will be held May 7 and 8.  This class is led by Hanover (VA) Fire EMS Division Chief Eddie Buchanan.

All classes will be at the north campus of Cape Fear Community College in Castle Hayne. For more information and to register, click here.  



Chief Rick Lasky Returns To NC

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  The Halifax County Firefighters' Association and Halifax Community College are bringing Chief Rick Lasky back to Eastern North Carolina as he presents his nationally renowned History and Leadership in Emergency Services series on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Chief Lasky packed the house last year and this year's event promises to do the same with his hard hitting, honest discussion of the fire service.  From Chief to Rookie, this seminar has something for everyone in the fire service.

Pre-registration is requested.  For more information, click here.



ECFA Expands Scholarship Opportunities

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  The scholarship committee has been working to add greater financial value to the ECFA scholarships that have been offered in the past as well as increase the dollar amount awarded annually.

After meeting in Ahoskie in January 2015, the committee proposed modifications to the scholarships and the application process.  The ECFA board accepted the recommendations of the committee and we are excited to announce the following changes are now effective for the current application cycle:

  • Increased the dollar amount of the Richard Leach and Ernie Bryant General Scholarships to $1,500 each.  Previously these were for $1,000 each.
  • Increased the number of General Scholarships to four (4), up from two (2).
  • Simplified the application and extended the application period by approximately 45 days.  Scholarship applications must now be postmarked by May 1.
Visit our Scholarship page for the application as well as contact information.  



Another Successful ECFA Fall College Is In The Books

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  The ECFA and staff at Cape Fear Community College proved once again that hard work pays off as they delivered another successful fire college.  Over 400 students filled the classes over the weekend with many classes starting earlier in the week.

Students enjoyed the brotherhood and opportunity to visit with the many vendors while taking home valuable knowledge to better serve their communities.

The ECFA strives to improve the weekend college experience and will be expanding its class opportunities for the 2015 college in October as the focus of the college is strengthening NC's fire and emergency service community.



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